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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      jacamania
      • 2 Years Ago
      "The Chinese automaker says the facility will also house some technology and engineering research development, as well." Zach, English is my second language, but isn't having "also" and "as well" in the same sentence a bit redundant?
      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ya know. I'm all about fair play and fair trade but here's the thing. I honestly don't feel comfortable buying ANY Chinese made product. It's not because anyone is Chinese. I couldn't care less what nationality anyone is. But my angst is that there are just to many reports of unfair treatment to workers, unfair business dealings with US companies (i.e. requiring US car companies to hand over patents and share them just for the privilage of doing business in their market) and then their's the "currency manipulation" and then the "communism" thing, unfair treatment of citizens where if they speak out they can go to prison, censorship of Google search results where google bailed on China. Every single dollar spent on any product of a country (not the individual people) where these things take place is a dollar used to support these same things. We live in a democracy but fund our cultural and political opposition with every dollar we spend! How does that makes sense? Hey, this isn't about skin shade, religion or anything like that. It's about putting your dollars where they will guarantee the sustainability of the American way. Buy China and Support The Country (not the people) buy American and support the country (and the people). That's the difference between Communism and Democracy!
        Myself
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randy
        Any China made product? Don't kid yourself, half of the stuff you own, use encounter is likely made in China and or has a China sourced parts. Where to start... What about that computer you used to post your post? What about that gaming console? Your phone?
          Randy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Myself
          @msyself Your key phrase is "likely made in China". I avoid it when I can. Look at these happy faces at Foxconn with their "I Love Foxconn" shirts http://www.uberphones.com/2011/05/foxconn-denies-anti-suicide-pledge/
        johncarrera911
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randy
        hahaha Randy, you make me laugh. Do you honestly still think that China is communist? Do you even know what Marxist/Maoist communism is? Let me tell you something: what's happening in China right now is not communist. And do you really believe that China is manipulating their currency, or have you considered that the claim is just a statement employed by US politicians who believe that their constituents (or they themselves) know nothing about economics? We need to get this kind of US propaganda out of our heads if we're going to have any sort of further cooperation with the Chinese. China is a rising power, the US is in decline (come on, let's face it--we're no longer the hegemon we used to be)--how we respond to the situation at hand becomes increasingly important, and knowing the facts is key to our understanding. Get your heads straight.
          Randy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @johncarrera911
          The thing is John. I don't listen to US media or any media. I skip it all because I know that they are half if not 90% full of it. I don't trust any news source. Especially Fox since (news flash) one of the owners of Fox news is a Prince from a Middle Eastern country which sells oil to the US. No foreign company should ever own a news station in any country they do not primarily live and or have conflicting political and commercial agendas. It's a major (understatement) conflict of interest. If it were names "Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal 7% Owned News Channel" how much would you trust the news? Bet you, the "do you even know" challenger didn't even have the slightest idea that Alwaleed bin Talal owned a Right Wing Republican news source! And as you scamper to get schooled on this and come back with "Yeah I knew" and then somehow try to reaffirm your position, you look even more like the one that "didn't know" a damn thing! NEXT ON Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal News: Democrats are bad people! Just a thought here. Bush has Oil companies, Cheney has Haliburton interests, Alwaleed bin Talal has the news channel. The news channel is Pro Republican! Naaah, couldn't be a coincidence!!!
        Pdexter
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randy
        Rather than blaming Chinese, i would watch the mirror. USA has had severe decifit for 30 years, why can USA then even survive? Because Chinese are using their surplus to buy that dollar debt. You can thank Chinese for the American life of past 10-15 years. China is getting promises of future buys, it's a deal that's keeping USA and China alive. How would Americans feel if China was sending the kind messages USA is sending to China?
        Toneron
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randy
        huh?
        Yang Xi Gua
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randy
        Democracy? Is that why the US police arrested thousands of peaceful demonstrators and committed countless brutalities? Democracy, pfffttt give me a break.
          Randy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Yang Xi Gua
          Peaceful protests are one thing. Breaking laws to get attention is still breaking laws. In protests, the least laws you break, the better your message is heard. Case and point the Black Panthers used their rights and did not break the law and got noticed and heard. It was when the laws got broken that police and government officials could pounce without looking bad. As for brutalities that were unjust and unlawful arrests, those police will be dealt with because we do live in a democracy and anyone that wants to be re-elected will deal with any unjust behavior from officials. Not always, but if people raise a stink without breaking laws then they will be heard and seen as civil. Break one and it gives them (officials) a reason to pounce. There were just to many unruly people mixed in with a legitimate protest recently. One bad seed can wreck everything, from the protester side and from the police side.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      SPIES!!!
      Healthy Chap
      • 2 Years Ago
      "business friendly Michigan" HAHA what
      Buckus Comments
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait, did I read that right? The Chinese are buying something fom the USA and exporting it to China?
      Schadenfreude
      • 2 Years Ago
      AB falling behind. Still haven't mentioned that Pikes Peak is postponed
      Toneron
      • 2 Years Ago
      grow jobs and tax base. good idea.
        Toneron
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Toneron
        Michigan's pro-business environment didn't hurt the decision either.
      mrbasebal1
      • 2 Years Ago
      It figures that China would rip off the name of one of America's largest companies. SAIC stands for Science Applications International Corporation, which was founded by Dr. Robert Beyster in 1969. If you want to get a clue about some of what they do, spell the acronym backwards. I doubt it is coincidence that China starting using the SAIC acronym for their automotive group in 1995. At least they have a sense of humor.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mrbasebal1
        [blocked]
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      New direct jobs, higher profit for nearby businesses (as more people will visit the local Starbucks...). Can't complain. An investment is an investment is an investment....
      kontroll
      • 2 Years Ago
      unionize the fokkers, so they compete on an even level
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      imoore
      • 2 Years Ago
      The first step in setting up shop in the US. Within the next few months they will likely announce potential sites for producing the MG6 and Maxxus van here in the states. Muy only problem with this is they are puttingits headquarters in the UAW's back yard. Apparently they have a way of dealing with King Bob and his merry union bullies that the rest of the industry doesn't know.
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