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Dongfeng Renault opens first plant in China

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Staff writer ▼ | February 2, 2016
Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of Groupe Renault, and Zhu Yanfeng, chairman of Dongfeng Group, opened the Dongfeng Renault Automotive Company (DRAC) plant in Wuhan, Hubei Province.
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Auto industry   The facility in Wuhan, in Hubei Province
The facility, located in Wuhan, in Hubei Province, is a greenfield plant built in just two years on the strength of a highly-skilled, multicultural team with our partners Dongfeng Group (DFG) and Nissan.

The plant achieved ISO 9001 certification for quality in November 2015 and local content with its suppliers exceeds 80 percent.

The facility includes a vehicle assembly plant, a powertrain plant and an R&D Centre to adapt our products to our customers’ requirements. It will have an initial production capacity of 150,000 vehicles per year which has the potential to be doubled to 300,000 vehicles.

Carlos Ghosn commented during the opening ceremony: “Thanks to a talented, multicultural team, the Wuhan plant was built in record time to our highest quality standards. This is a milestone in our long-term partnership with Dongfeng Group, as well as for Renault’s growth. China is a core part of Renault’s strategic plan.”

The Dongfeng Renault Automotive Company (DRAC) joint venture was formed on December 16, 2013, and work started on the plant in January 2014. One year later, the joint venture had around 1,000 employees. At end-2015, the workforce totalled 2,000 – a challenge in terms of recruitment and multicultural management.