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Schmitz Cargobull plant in Zaragoza impresses Chinese visitors


Board members from the Dongfeng Motor Company and the Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle Company recently travelled to Hanover to attend the IAA Commercial Vehicles trade fair. They then toured Schmitz Cargobull's Spanish satellite plant in Zaragoza, which assembles curtainsiders. The Dongfeng Motor Company Ltd. is the joint venture partner for the Chinese factory in Wuhan (CN).

Horstmar, October 2014 – The Dongfeng management team were able to experience the comprehensive range of services offered by the Schmitz Cargobull Group at its 2,500 m2 stand at the IAA trade fair, and see how these have helped the Group achieve its position as a premium manufacturer and market leader. Among the products that caught their eye was the first grid mesh trailer from the new Chinese factory in Wuhan. This high-quality vehicle is a clear example of the Group's new strategy – to develop from a European leader into a global player. This new type of trailer features a chassis manufactured using the same high-tech cold forming production technology used for the recently announced GENIOS series of vehicles developed for the European market. The robust vehicle attracted a lot of attention, not only from the Chinese guests, but also from a large number of attendees from outside Europe.

The visitors then travelled to the Zaragoza plant in Spain, where they gained a detailed insight into Schmitz Cargobull's industrial company and product strategies. In all of the areas they visited – research, development, construction, logistics, manufacturing and testing and quality assurance – the guests witnessed a value chain focused on quality, customers and reliable processes. The Group's mission statement of developing reliable vehicles and services, and innovative and market-oriented solutions, was clearly reflected in the Zaragoza assembly plant. In this "manufacturing satellite", the same high-quality standards are followed as in the competence facility in Altenberge, meaning its curtainsiders are assembled and delivered to nearby markets with incredible efficiency. This successful model is particularly impressive as it has been able to withstand the recent economic crisis, mainly due to its flexible production volumes.

The members of the visiting group:

Dongfeng Motor Company -
          Mr. Zhu Fushou, President, Dongfeng Motor Corporation, DFM
          Mr. Chen Yun, Head, Communications Department, DFM 

Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle Company:
          Mr. Huang Gang, President, Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle Company, DFCV
          Mr. Jiang Xuefeng, Senior General Manager, Technical Center, DFCV
          Mr. Li Meiman (Victor Lee), Project Director, Business Planning Department, DFCV

Schmitz Cargobull:
          Mr. Xiaohui Wang, BoD Schmitz Wuhan
          Mr. Ulrich Schöpker, Board Member
          Mr. Andreas Schmitz, Board Member

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