Posts Tagged ‘United States’

#40 GM China finally Chinese

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Over the years General Motors (GM) has become China’s second largest automaker, mainly through a 50:50 Joint Venture with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC). This is an achievement for which GM should command a lot of respect as joint ventures with Chinese partners have been known to be tricky at times. Now GM has just announced that it will not only sell parts of its Indian operations to SAIC, but that it would also transfer an additional 1 % of the stock in the joint venture to them, thus raising their stake to 51 %. After this move, GM China has finally become Chinese, and this is may be a whole different ball game. To some degree the move is understandable as GM has been desperate for cash recently, but strategically the deal does not make an awful lot of sense (unless you’re SAIC, of course).

#39 Daimler in Alabama

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

German carmaker Daimler announced that it will move part of its C-class production to Alabama. Besides Germany, the C-class has already been produced in two other countries for a while – South Africa and China. The facility in Tuscaloosa, Alabama that so far has specialized in Daimler’s M-, GL- and R-class vehicles. When the production first started in Alabama about 10 years ago it received high acclaim for its high efficiency and novel approach to dealing with cultural differences. Not many difficulties to be expected in this case – too bad for this blog. But hey, who knows? It’s still a German company in the United States!