Strategic observation

China Focus: Chinese engines, vehicles growing in popularity overseas

2018-05-16 17:38:26 (Beijing Time)


JINAN, May 16 (Xinhua) -- At Qingdao Port in east China's Shandong Province, containers loaded with engine parts are put on ships to travel the Pacific and the Indian oceans, before reaching Nava Sheva Port in India.

The parts, manufactured by China's Wechai Group, are assembled into engines by workers in India. The engines are then delivered to ship factories to power Indian fishing boats.

Wechai Group is located in Shandong's Weifang City and is one of the leading engine makers in China.

"We established a branch in India in 2011, and an engine-making factory there in 2014," said Li Jian, deputy general manager of Wechai's Indian branch. "Currently, our Indian branch has become a leading enterprise in the South Asia market."

Li said that Indian workers and their families appreciate the factory for providing a good working environment and career opportunities.

In addition to India, Wechai has also built a factory in Belarus, which is an observer of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

The SCO accounts for over 60 percent of the Eurasian landmass, nearly half of the world's population and over 20 percent of global GDP. Its eight member states are China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India, and Pakistan. This year's SCO summit will be held in Shandong's Qingdao.

Workers broke ground on the Belarus factory in 2017. Construction is still under way. After completion in November this year, it is expected to churn out 20,000 engines annually.

Chinese companies have increasingly catered to demand in SCO member states and observer states.

In 2016, for example, 2,000 sanitation trucks were exported to Karachi, Pakistan. The trucks were made by Shandong Wuzheng Group Co. Ltd, which specializes in making agricultural vehicles, sanitation trucks and electric vehicles.

"As locals are used to right-hand drive, we specifically designed the vehicles according to their needs, and taking into consideration local weather conditions," said Zhang Xiwen of the company.

The company has also designed cars that can adapt to high altitudes to meet demand in Russia, where they have proved to be popular.

Other products, such as three-wheeled vehicles and agricultural vehicles, are also ready to hit markets in SCO member states.

"Our three-wheeled vehicles are in high demand in Pakistan, and these vehicles will replace donkey carts for logistics," Zhang said. "It seems that more and more China-made vehicles are becoming popular there."