China’s FAW signs car deal in Algeria

Chinese state manufacturer FAW is to build an assembly plant in Algeria producing 10,000 vehicles per year under an agreement signed with private Algerian firm Arcofina.

The deal provides for an initial investment of five billion dinars ($A64.7 million), Arcofina CEO Abdelouahab Rahim said at the signing of the agreement in Algiers on Saturday, adding that the figure will rise.

To conform with Algerian law, Arcofina will own 51 per cent of the plant and FAW 49 per cent, with the aim of reducing the Chinese manufacturer’s share to 40 per cent after three years, Rahim said.

He noted that ‘there are two manufacturers setting up at the same time’ in Algeria, referring to Renault which in September began construction of a car plant in the western region of Oran.

Renault had asked for a production monopoly in the country for at least three years, which was rejected.

‘A manufacturer, whoever they may be, cannot have the monopoly on a country,’ Rahim said.

Launched in 1953, FAW employs 130,000 people worldwide producing buses, cars and lorries and had a turnover of $US61 billion in 2012, according to company figures.

Their partner in the planned car plant, Arcofina Holding, is a diversified group that owns hotels and offices and is involved in a huge building project to redevelop the capital Algiers.

一汽将在阿尔及利亚建厂 年产量达3万辆

新华网11月13日报道 中国一汽集团下属的一汽非洲投资公司与阿尔及利亚阿科菲纳集团9日签订合作备忘录,双方将共同出资成立合资公司,在阿尔及利亚建立一家汽车装配厂。

根据备忘录,装配厂建成后第一年将组装1万辆汽车,最终年产量将达到3万辆。合资公司将在阿尔及利亚搭建一个遍布全国的销售网络,并计划向非洲其他国家和欧洲市场出口汽车。

阿尔及利亚是非洲第二大汽车进口市场。2012年,该国进口56.8万辆汽车,进口额高达70亿美元。此前只有法国雷诺公司与阿尔及利亚方面签订设立汽车装配工厂的协议,预计2014年装配汽车2.5万辆。”

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