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German Companies Sign Contracts With Chinese Partners

German companies signed a series of agreements with Chinese partners during a visit by Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang to Germany on Monday and Tuesday.

    Jul 10, 2018 8:47 AM  PT
German Companies Sign Contracts With Chinese Partners

German companies signed a series of agreements with Chinese partners during a visit by Chinese Prime Minister Keqiang Li to Germany on Monday and Tuesday.

Following are details of them:


BASF SE, the world's largest chemical producer, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China's Guangdong Province to look at building a highly integrated chemical production site there, BASF said.

The site would be BASF's largest investment and would be operated under its sole responsibility, it said. The investment is estimated to reach up to $10 billion by completion of the project around 2030, it added.

BMW, CATL, Baidu & Great Wall Motor

BMW and joint venture partner Brilliance Automotive Group Holdings affirmed plans to expand production capacity at BMW Brilliance Automotive's two sites in China to a total of 520,000 BMW brand vehicles in 2019.

The two companies also agreed that the all-electric BMW iX3 would be exported from China to other markets.

BMW agreed to source 4 billion euros' ($4.7 billion) worth of battery cells from Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL) over the next few years, including from a new plant in Erfurt, eastern Germany, that CATL is building.

BMW also signed an MoU with Baidu Inc. (Nasdaq: BIDU) to join its autonomous driving platform Apollo as a board member.

BMW and China's Great Wall Motor Co. Ltd. signed an agreement to set up a joint venture for their planned production of Mini brand electric vehicles in China.

Qingdao TGOOD Electric Co. Ltd. said its unit had won a bid for a BMW NEV dealer charging enabling project.

Bosch & NIO

Bosch and Chinese electric vehicle startup NIO agreed to cooperate on sensor technology, automated driving, electric motor controls, and intelligent transport systems.

Continental & Didi Chuxing

Chinese ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing said it signed an agreement with German automotive supplier, Continental AG, to jointly develop connected vehicles and design purpose-built electric vehicles (EVs) for Didi's services.


Daimler and Tsinghua University have signed an agreement to extend their cooperation on sustainable transportation research in China by three years.

Siemens & Alibaba

Siemens AG agreed with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) to use the Chinese company's cloud infrastructure to roll out its digital operating system MindSphere.

Siemens and China's State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) signed an MoU confirming their intention to collaborate on heavy-duty gas turbines.


Thyssenkrupp AG and China Railway Rolling Stock Corp. signed an MoU on technology cooperation with key areas including smart data and model-based maintenance strategies for plants and trains, advanced power and energy conversion, storage, and control technologies.


Volkswagen AG said its Spanish brand SEAT would return to the Chinese market in 2020/21 as part of an agreement with China's Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group (JAC) to develop electric vehicles.

Premium brand Audi AG signed an MoU for strategic cooperation on connected vehicle technology.

VW also said it has agreed to cooperate with China's FAW Group and the China Intelligent and Connected Vehicles Research Institute (ICV) on technologies including e-mobility, connectivity, and autonomous driving.