Volvo plans to build a plant with an annual capacity of 100,000 units in Chengdu in 2013. Freeman Shen, senior vice-president of Volvo Cars and chairman of Volvo's China operations, says that 'anything that Chinese customers will like, we will try to make them here.' The Chengdu production site will include assembly, engine and transmission plants. Chengdu will also be home to Volvo's new centres for research, parts procurement and sales in western China, according to Shen. The company says it will also focus on the design and development of premium cars, and electric and new-energy vehicles.
Dell started building its global operation facility last month at the Chengdu Hi-Tech Zone. The facility will engage in manufacturing, sales and customer services. The facility is intended to be a world-class modernised manufacturing centre, with a complete production line to cover its entire portfolio including government service, large business, consumer and small and medium-sized businesses. The first batch of products is expected to come out in the fourth quarter of next year.
The Style Hong Kong Show will take place in Chengdu for the first time at the New International Convention and Exposition Center between May 27 and 31. The event is organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council to help Hong Kong companies penetrate the mainland's retail market and to develop brand awareness for their products. The show will feature more than 200 exhibitors covering fashion, gifts, watches, jewellery, food and drink, and home products.