Chinese manufacturer plants roots in Birmingham

Posted on 5 Jan 2016 by Victoria Fitzgerald

Chinese automotive manufacturer, Changan has invested in premises at Birmingham Business Park in Solihul.

The 80,000 sq ft site will become the worldwide headquarters of the manufacturer’s powertrain, research and development divisions, consolidate existing offices in Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire, and house around 200 staff members.

The firm is in the top 15 vehicle manufacturers in the world and is famous for its collaborations resulting in ChanganFord and ChanganSuzuki.

Dr Xiaoyu Zhang, general manager of Changan UK, commented: “We are committed to turning Changan into the world’s leading automotive company and establishing advanced technology R&D facilities across the globe is fundamental to our plans for growth.

“Our new site at Birmingham Business Park in the UK will become a world-class powertrain research centre.

“This new location will strengthen our commitment to the UK market by promoting the growth and sustainability of Changan UK, developing links with local universities and creating new jobs for the region.”

Changan vehicles at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show
Changan vehicles at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show.

Planning permission has been given for Changan UK to tear down an existing unit and replace it with a test cell and centre for research and development.

The remaining buildings at the business park will provide space for employee expansion.

Mark Robinson, a KWB partner, said: “This is fantastic news for Birmingham Business Park and the automotive industry in the West Midlands.

“After over two years of discussions with various stakeholders, we are delighted that Changan chose to consolidate its UK operations at Parkside offices at Birmingham Business Park, Solihull.

“This represents the start of a significant amount of investment from Changan on their future expansion, within Solihull.”