Haval Tula Plant breaks ground, expected to go into production in late 2017
In late September, the groundbreaking ceremony of Haval Tula Plant took place at Uzlovaya Industrial Park, Tula Region, Russia. This is the first Chinese vehicle plant with four production processes in Russia, as well as the first overseas all-process vehicle plant of Great Wall Motors.
Present at the ceremony were government officials including Grigory Lavrukhin, Minister of Economic Development of Tula Region; Tikhonov, President of Tula Development Group and Телехов, mayor of Uzlovaya, local authoritative media, project construction and supervision companies, etc. Zhang Junxue, Manager of Haval Russia Automotive Manufacturing Co., Ltd., delivered an opening speech. "Haval series will be the key products of this plant in the future. I believe this plant will turn out better localized products based on Tula's long history of manufacturing," he said.
All parties involved in this project undertook to conduct high-standard scientific construction in strict accordance with Russia's relevant laws to ensure this project is perfectly completed as scheduled.
According to the source, this project is exclusively funded by Great Wall Motors with a total surface area of 2.16 million square meters, an overall investment of some 18 billion rubles and a planned annual output of 150,000 units.
To fully adapt to the Russian market, Haval has worked out a strategic plan for localization operation since its entry into Russia. Haval's five exclusive stores in Moscow; Saint Petersburg, Saratov and Tyumen have are now operating gone into operation. This plant is expected to be put to use in late 2017. With Russian workers accounting for at least 90 percent of all workers, this plant will play a vital role in increasing the local employment rate.
Russia is one of Great Wall Motors' three key overseas markets. After making its debut at the Moscow International Automobile Salon in August 2014, Haval launched H8 and H9 in Russia on June 25, 2015.