The New Energy Vehicle partnership between Magna and BAIC Group, announced earlier this year, will be expanded beyond vehicle development.
Magna to Develop Electric Vehicle Architecture for BAIC Group (April 2018)
The parties agreed to jointly engineer and build premium electric vehicles for customers in China.
Soon, Magna and Beijing Electric Vehicle Co. Ltd (BJEV), which is a subsidiary of BAIC Group, will form two joint ventures for engineering and manufacturing.
The JV will operate at the Zhenjiang facility (see image above) with target output of up to 180,000 electric cars annually. Production is expected to begin in 2020.
The agreement envisions the possibility to support engineering and production of New Energy Vehicles for external customers (not only BAIC brands we believe).
It's a big step for Magna, which so far offered complete car manufacturing only at its facility in Graz, Austria where it produces the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE and plug-in hybrid BMWs.
"Magna today announced its intention to form two new joint ventures with Beijing Electric Vehicle Co. Ltd (BJEV) for complete vehicle manufacturing as well as engineering of electric vehicles. BJEV, a subsidiary of the BAIC Group for electric cars, and Magna, a global automotive supplier and the world's leading brand-independent vehicle contract manufacturer, gathered today to sign term sheets for the new joint ventures. Executives from both companies were joined by Mr. Wu Zhenglong, Governor of Jiangsu Province and officials from Zhenjiang at a signing ceremony held in Nanjing. Over the coming months, Magna and BJEV will work with authorities to implement legally binding joint-venture agreements which will govern the operations of these two joint ventures.
The engineering and manufacturing joint ventures are expected to take over an existing BAIC manufacturing facility in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, where the first production vehicles are planned for 2020. The plant has the capacity to build up to 180,000 vehicles per year.
The joint ventures will also be set up to offer engineering and complete vehicle manufacturing capacity to other potential customers."
Don Walker, CEO of Magna International Inc. said:
"These joint venture operations mark an historic milestone for Magna. For the first time we will be providing our customers with cars engineered and built outside our complete vehicle manufacturing facility in Graz, Austria. It's a unique capability for Magna, especially with our ability to produce vehicles with conventional, hybrid and electric powertrains, and we are excited to bring it to a market like China where there is tremendous opportunity."
Mr. Xu Heyi, Chairman of BAIC Group, said at the ceremony:
"From a strategic point of view, the establishment of the JVs will benefit both Magna and BAIC to further strengthen our business growth in China. Based on an open and sharing platform, we will jointly develop and manufacture premium smart electric vehicles, bringing the clean energy vehicle industry to the next level."