October 24, 2007

Daimler AG breaks ground for new van plant in China

Fuzhou, China – A ceremony has been held in Fuzhou, China, marking the start of construction for a new Daimler joint van plant in that country. Fujian Daimler Automotive Limited, a company jointly owned by Fujian Motor Industry Group, China Motors Corporation and Daimler AG, plans to start production at the plant in mid-2009.

Representatives of the three companies, including Daimler AG Chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche, jointly laid the foundation stone for the plant. “With this foundation stone, we are also laying a solid foundation for the future of Fujian Daimler Automotive Limited,” Zetsche said at the ceremony. “We are thereby creating the basis for Fuzhou to play a key future role in our growth strategy for vans in China and Asia.”

The new plant is designed for a maximum production of 20,000 Sprinter and 20,000 Vito/Viano units per year. The location will be equipped with a bodyshop, paint shop and final assembly shop.

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