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The new Rüsselsheim plant has a planned annual capacity of around 270,000 cars, manufactured on a joint production line in three shifts. The facility, which is being built along the lines of the Opel production plant in Eisenach, is one of the biggest projects in the company's DM 9 billion investment program in Germany.

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Shanghai GM Completes New Plant
Doubles Annual Capacity to Accommodate Sales Growth

Shanghai – Shanghai General Motors (Shanghai GM) announced today the completion of its new $249 million plant. The facility, which is adjacent to its original manufacturing facility in Shanghai, more than doubles the annual capacity of the flagship joint venture of General Motors in China to 320,000 vehicles.


“The new plant reinforces Shanghai GM’s industry leadership position by enabling us to keep up with the growing demand for our existing products,” said Chris Gubbey, Executive Vice President of Shanghai GM. “At the same time, it gives us the ability to continue expanding our product lineup in order to capture more opportunities in what is expected to remain the world’s fastest-growing vehicle market.”

Shanghai GM’s new plant consists of three shops – body, paint and general assembly – and occupies a total area of 180,000 square meters. Construction was completed in 20 months, a record for China’s automotive industry.

The initial annual capacity of the new plant, which operates on two shifts and has 941 employees, is 170,000 vehicles. It officially began production of the Buick Excelle lower-medium sedan, Buick Excelle HRV hatchback and Cadillac CTS luxury sedan today.

“As part of the $3 billion in new investments in China announced by GM last June, the new facility demonstrates our confidence in the long-term prospect of the country’s vehicle market and our full commitment to grow aggressively with the market,” said Gubbey.

Shanghai GM currently has one of the largest product and brand portfolios among joint venture automakers in China. Its lineup of Cadillac, Buick and Chevrolet products covers segments ranging from luxury vehicles to small cars. The joint venture between GM and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. Group (SAIC) plans to launch an unprecedented number of new products this year.

“Shanghai GM’s new facility is adopting the advanced processes of our much-acclaimed Global Manufacturing System. It is yet another prime example of how we leverage the know-how, resources, and processes that are available within GM, to strengthen not only our own global manufacturing organization, but also the joint ventures we are involved in,” said Gary L. Cowger, GM Group Vice President Global Manufacturing and Labor Relations.

The new plant will have the flexibility to produce a variety of different models on the same line. It has also been designed to be environmentally compatible. Its paint shop, for instance, uses a world-class water-borne paint process that reduces pollution.

“We are very excited that this new facility allows Shanghai GM once again to leverage the expertise of its parent companies for the benefit of the local market,” said Gubbey.

In addition to its two plants in Shanghai, Shanghai GM also manages Shanghai GM Dong Yue Motors Co. Ltd., which is located in Yantai, Shandong, and Shanghai GM (Shenyang) Norsom Motors Co. Ltd., which is located in Shenyang, Liaoning. The combined capacity of these facilities is close to 500,000 vehicles per annum.

During the first four months of this year, Shanghai GM sold 72,876 vehicles. Its sales were the highest of any passenger car makers in China in March and April. In 2004, Shanghai GM sold a record 252,869 vehicles, which represented an increase of 25.7 percent from the previous year.


GM China, SAIC and Shanghai GM Complete Restructuring of Jinbei

Shanghai, China - General Motors China, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation Group (SAIC) and Shanghai GM announced today they have received final Chinese government approval for restructuring the former Jinbei GM Automotive Co. Ltd. (Jinbei GM). The new Shanghai GM (Shenyang) Norsom Motors Co. Ltd. will resume production in September and the manufacturing of the Buick GL8 executive wagon will be moved from Shanghai to the facility based in Shenyang, Liaoning Province.

The three stakeholders signed an agreement in March 2004 to restructure the joint venture, of which Shanghai GM holds a 50 percent stake and GM China and SAIC each holds 25 percent. Shanghai GM, GM and SAIC's flagship joint venture based in Shanghai, will be responsible for daily management of the USD230 million joint venture with a designed annual capacity of 50,000 vehicles.

"The successful completion of the restructuring will turn a new leaf in the development of Shanghai GM Norsom which is an integral part of GM's strategy in China. It reflects GM's commitment to strengthening our operations in the world's fastest growing vehicle market," said Phil Murtaugh, Chairman and CEO of the GM China Group. "The restructuring has received strong support from the Shenyang and Liaoning governments and we look forward to continuing our contribution to the local economy."

"The restructuring also serves as an important extension of our strategic partnership in China with SAIC. The new shareholding structure allows us to combine Shanghai GM Norsom's well-trained staff, quality facilities and advanced production systems with Shanghai GM's best practices in such areas as product planning, marketing and distribution. This will further increase the operational efficiency of GM's China operations."

Chris Gubbey, Executive Vice President of Shanghai GM, said: "Transferring production of the Buick GL8 to Shanghai GM Norsom will free up capacity at Shanghai GM. This will allow us to capture more market opportunities by introducing more new products in new market segments."

The Buick GL8 was the first domestically produced executive wagon in China. It remains one of the most popular products in its segment since its launch in 2000. Through the end of July 2004, more than 16,700 units have been sold this year. The Buick GL8 will continue to be marketed and distributed by Shanghai GM through its current dealer network.

Production of the Chevrolet Blazer sports utility vehicle has discontinued at the former Jinbei GM since the signing of the restructuring agreement.


December 17, 1998 Shanghai producing the first car

After 18 months the all new General Motors plant in Shanghai, China is finished. The plant, located in the Pudong district, is a joint venture of GM and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC). Same as Eisenach (Germany), Rosario (Argentina) and Gliwice (Poland) the all new Shanghai plant is strictly built following Lean Manufacturing principles.

The Pudong plant comprises

  • press shop,

  • body shop,

  • paint and

  • assembly, as well as

  • a powertrain manufacturing with engine and transmission production.

Buick Regal

Within a 550,000 sqm area 3 different cars, based on the Buick Regal, will be produced. The workforce will be at 3,000 for 100,000 cars and 180,000 engines per year. Total investment was up to $ 1.5 billion.

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