Today, China is the world’s largest car market with more than 12 million cars sold in 2011. Volvo Cars’ new plants will be a welcome addition to meet the large demand – in last year alone, the company’s sales in China increased by 54 percent.
In Chengdu in south-eastern China, a complete car factory is being built with a capacity of 120,000 cars a year.
“We are installing the production equipment in June and after tests and running adjustments, production is scheduled to commence in the second half of 2013,” says Lars Danielsson, Director of Production in China.
In Daqing in north-eastern China, a second factory is being ¬prepared in parallel and an engine factory is being planned.
The goal is to sell 200,000 cars in the Chinese market in 2015.
The objective is for the cars that leave the factory in Chengdu to have the same quality standard as those that leave Torslanda or Ghent.
“There should simply not be any difference, we follow Volvo Global Standards – and this also applies to our suppliers,” says Lars Danielsson.
There are carmakers from around the world in China so both international and Chinese suppliers are there. The new factories are being built to a high environmental standard.