Volvo Cars has just received approval from the Chinese government authorities for its new manufacturing facilities in Daqing and Zhangjiakou, paving way for a full Chinese industrial footprint. The Swedish carmaker owned by Chinese company Geely Holdings recently received approval for its facility in Chengdu in June.
The assembly plant located in Daqing is currently in currently under construction with the first pre-series cars to be built late 2013 for training purposes. It is expect to be fully operational in 2014.
The Zhangjiakou engine plant is expected to commence operations autumn of this year and will deliver engines to the Volvo manufacturing plant in Chengdu, where serial production is scheduled to begin during the fourth quarter of 2013. It will also supply engines to the Daqing assembly plant.
The new plants in Daqing and Zhangjiakou are joint ventures of between Volvo Cars and companies within the Geely Holding Group. The Swedish carmaker has assured that the plants in China will be operated in full accordance with Volvo Cars manufacturing standards and procedures, equal to those of the company's European plants.