Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation has opened a new North American headquarters in Birmingham, Michigan. The Chinese automaker says the facility will help build a stronger connection and further cooperation between U.S. manufacturers and their Chinese counterparts.

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refurbished a 30,000-square-foot building for its new HQ, which should employ around 100 people. Specifically, the location will help SAIC purchase the parts it needs from the strong base of local suppliers in the area while also coordinating import and export operations. The Chinese automaker says the facility will also house some technology and engineering research development, as well.

SAIC said the company chose Birmingham for the city's proximity to partners like General Motors as well as numerous parts suppliers. Michigan's pro-business environment didn't hurt the decision either. SAIC is the largest automaker on the Chinese stock market. Take a look at the full press release below for more information.
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Chinese auto giant SAIC Motor celebrates opening of new North American Operations Center in Michigan

BIRMINGHAM, Mich., June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Shanghai Automotive Industries Corporation USA, Inc. (SAIC USA) recently unveiled their new North American Operations Center in Birmingham, Michigan, marking an important step in creating a stronger connection between the US and Chinese automotive industries. With the increasing importance of cooperation between the major global automotive markets, this move by SAIC to strengthen its US presence is significant.

Reflecting the importance of this event, the inauguration ceremony held on Tuesday, June 12, was attended by senior executives from General Motors, SAIC Motor in Shanghai, major automotive suppliers and partners from the US and China, as well as the Governor of Michigan, Mr. Rick Snyder and Oakland (MI) County Executive, Mr. L. Brooks Patterson. The traditional exchange of gifts between leaders of SAIC Motor and Michigan officials was symbolic of the growing relationship between Shanghai and the state of Michigan.

The totally refurbished 30,000 square foot three story SAIC USA Building in the Detroit suburb of Birmingham, MI will eventually house nearly 100 people and will focus on three main areas of SAIC USA's automotive business:

Purchasing . . . sourcing and purchasing of automotive parts, materials and components working with almost 150 different North American suppliers.
Logistics . . . the export and import of automotive parts and components.
Technology and Engineering . . . design, engineering and quality control for development and production of vehicle parts and components.

SAIC USA parent company, Shanghai, China-based SAIC Motor, is the largest automotive manufacturer in China. Major vehicle companies under SAIC Motor include Shanghai GM, Shanghai VW, SAIC Motor Commercial Vehicle Company, SAIC-GM Wuling Automobile Co. and many others. In total SAIC Motor sold over 4 million vehicles in 2011 in the China market alone.

SAIC USA's decision to expand its Operation Center in Michigan was based on a number of critical factors, including access to a highly trained work force, proximity to key global automotive partners - especially General Motors, proximity to world-class automotive parts suppliers and the favorable business environment in Michigan.

Cooperation between US and Chinese automotive companies is increasingly important in the new global automotive marketplace. According to SAIC Motor Chairman, Mr. Maoyuan Hu, who attended the inauguration ceremony, "It is clear to see SAIC's determination to deeply cooperate with US businesses and SAIC will continue to promote the development of exchanges with partners in the US. I believe SAIC USA will enhance the operation of localization in the recruitment of professional, technical and management personnel and actively expand economic and trade activities."

Mr. Maoyuan Hu went on to say, "I believe SAIC USA will continue to work as a bridge and link between SAIC Motor and the US auto industry. Further, we expect SAIC USA will continue healthy growth in this market and this will be a new chapter of mutually beneficial cooperation for China and the US, with the support of both countries."

In his comments at the inauguration ceremony, Governor Rick Snyder said, "Michigan is proud to be home to SAIC USA, the North American operations of SAIC Motor, and we are thrilled that the company is expanding its global presence here."

According to Governor Snyder, "The company's commitment to Michigan cements our standing as the automotive capital of North America and is a testament to the bold reforms we have made to improve our business climate, encourage new investment and growth, and create more and better jobs."

About SAIC Motor

SAIC Motor is now the largest listed vehicle-making corporation on the Chinese A-share stock market. The main business of SAIC Motor includes R&D, production and sales of vehicles (including passenger and commercial vehicles) and components such as engines, transmissions, powertrains, chassis, interior and exterior trim and electronic and electric parts.

Major vehicle companies under SAIC Motor are SAIC Motor Manufacturing Co., Ltd., SAIC Motor Commercial Vehicle Company, Ltd., Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive Co., Ltd., NAVECO, SAIC-IVECO Hongyan Commercial Vehicle Co., Ltd., Shanghai Sunwin Bus Corp., etc.

In 2011, SAIC Motor sold over 4 million vehicles, thus keeping its leadership on the China domestic automotive market and ranked among the Fortune Global 500 for the seventh time on the strength of a consolidate sales income of $54.257 billion (US).


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