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The Chinese company Lifan started building its own car plant in Russia

The solemn ceremony of laying the first stone of the future enterprise took place on the territory of the special economic zone of the industrial-production type "Lipetsk". Already in 2017, Lifan plans to start producing cars at the new plant. The building area of ​​the factory is 120,000 M2.

Cars are like children

- In some countries it is allowed to have several wives. If you allow, we will use such a comparison. At the Derways plant, the production of those models that are assembled there now will continue. At our new plant, we will make other cars - it turns out that these will be new "children" from other women. We also plan to create a research center to develop products that will be in demand in Russia, - said Sun Zejun, General Director of Lifan Motors Rus, about the production strategy.

The company is ready to invest up to $300 million in the creation of production in Russia. In the future, with the expansion of the first stage of the plant and the launch of an engine production enterprise, this amount may increase.

The corporation intends to assemble up to 60,000 cars a year at the new plant, with body welding and painting, computerized quality control of cars. In particular, Lifan 650, 730-820 sedans, as well as X40, X50, X55, Xbo (second generation), X70, X80 crossovers will be made here.

“We made our choice in favor of the Lipetsk SEZ because it offers optimal conditions for logistics, availability of human resources, as well as prospects for further development of production localization,” added Zejun. The new enterprise should directly provide jobs for 1,500 specialists from Lipetsk, another 15,000 employees will be involved indirectly.

“The last two years have been the most successful for us, despite the sanctions,” said Ivan Koshelev, Director General of the Lipetsk SEZ. - In October last year, fDi Magazine published a rating in which our platform was awarded the first place in Europe for the implementation of large business projects. Today there are 41 residents from 14 countries of the world, 13 operating factories and 3,000 jobs.

Lifan Motors Rus has been the distributor of Lifan in Russia since May 2012. The Lipetsk SEZ, where industrial enterprises are provided with infrastructure and can receive tax benefits, was established in 2005.

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