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Auto industry reboot gets leg-up as fresh model launches made easier

2020-3-19 14:45

An employee works on the production line of a carmaker in Suining, Sichuan province. [Photo by Zhong Min/For China Daily]

 

China is streamlining the necessary examination and approval procedures for carmakers and auto part suppliers, including those for new product launches, as part of its efforts to help companies resume operations amid the novel coronavirus outbreak closures.

 

Automakers have been temporarily allowed to submit applications for launch of new models without third-party test reports as long as they can provide valid verification reports, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said on its website on Wednesday.

 

The ministry has allowed the companies to send applications for the parameter renewals of licensed models and provide the test results later, and has slashed the time needed for new vehicles to get all approvals.

 

Companies that have been ordered to rectify some problems have been given a grace period of three months, it said.

 

"The ministry will give priority to key industries like the auto sector for production resumption and will coordinate with other ministries to solve problems such as labor shortage and restrictions on logistics," said Xin Guobin, vice-minister of industry and information technology.

 

The novel coronavirus outbreak has disrupted car production and sales in the country, the world's largest vehicle market since 2009.

 

A total of 285,000 vehicles rolled off the assembly lines in February, down by nearly 80 percent on a yearly basis, according to statistics from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

 

Vehicle sales in February slumped 79 percent on a yearly basis to 310,000 units. During the first two months of this year, vehicle sales totaled 2.24 million units in the country, down 42 percent year-on-year, according to the CAAM.

 

Xin said as the measures have been put in place, carmakers and auto parts suppliers in the country, including those hard-hit regions like Hubei province, are resuming operations in an orderly manner.

 

Dongfeng Motor Corp's truck factory in Shiyan, Hubei, is now able to produce 200 vehicles per day while its two passenger vehicle and complete vehicle firms in the provincial capital of Wuhan have also restarted operations.

 

SAIC-GM-Wuling, a carmaker based in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, said without the government measures, the suppliers' failure to deliver products may have caused delays in the company's new vehicle development as well as production of its popular Baojun-branded models.

 

"We have seen our daily output return to above 5,000 units, the same as last year. Meanwhile, we exported 14,078 vehicles and knockdown kits in the first two months of the year, up 248 percent year-on-year," said the company.

 

According to CAAM data, more than 90 percent of the country's 23 carmakers, whose combined sales account for 96 percent of the total, had restarted operations by March 11. By the same date 11 out of the 13 major global auto suppliers, including Continental and Bosch, had resumed operations at their factories across the country.

 

US carmaker Ford has resumed operations at its plants in China and will ramp up production in the coming weeks according to demand, company officials said.

 

Germany's Volkswagen, the country's best-selling international carmaker, said all but two of its 20 manufacturing facilities that produce cars and auto parts in China have restarted production.

 

Volkswagen Group China's CEO Stephan Woellenstein said the two exceptions have not resumed production as dealers currently have enough inventories.

 

一名员工在四川遂宁一家汽车制造商的生产线上工作。[中国日报记者钟敏摄]


中国正在简化对汽车制造商和汽车零部件供应商的必要审查和批准程序,包括新产品发布的审查和批准程序,这是中国帮助企业在新型冠状病毒爆发期间恢复运营的努力的一部分。


工业和信息化部周三在其网站上表示,汽车制造商暂时被允许提交没有第三方检测报告的新车型上市申请,只要他们能提供有效的验证报告。


环保部已允许这些公司提交许可车型的参数更新申请,稍后提供测试结果,并大幅削减了新车获得所有批准所需的时间。


报告称,已被要求整改部分问题的企业将有3个月的宽限期。


工业和信息化部副部长辛国斌表示:“工信部将优先恢复汽车等重点行业的生产,并将与其他部门协调解决劳动力短缺和物流限制等问题。”


新型冠状病毒的爆发扰乱了中国的汽车生产和销售。自2009年以来,中国一直是全球最大的汽车市场。


根据中国汽车工业协会的统计数据,2月份共有28.5万辆汽车下线,同比下降近80%。


2月汽车销量同比下降79%,至31万辆。中国汽车工业协会的数据显示,今年前两个月,中国汽车销量总计224万辆,同比下降42%。


辛表示,随着这些措施的实施,国内的汽车制造商和汽车零部件供应商,包括那些遭受重创的地区,如湖北省,正在有序地恢复运营。


东风汽车公司在湖北十堰的卡车工厂现在每天可以生产200辆汽车,而在省会武汉的两家乘用车和整车公司也已经重新开始运营。


总部位于中国南部广西壮族自治区的汽车制造商上汽通用五菱(SAIC-GM-Wuling)表示,如果没有政府措施,供应商未能交付产品,可能会导致该公司新车型开发和宝骏(baojun)品牌车型生产的延迟。


“我们的日产量已恢复到5000台以上,与去年相同。与此同时,今年前两个月,我们出口了14078辆汽车和拆卸工具,同比增长248%。”


中国汽车工业协会的数据显示,截至3月11日,中国23家汽车制造商中,超过90%的企业已恢复生产。截至当日,包括大陆和博世在内的13家全球主要汽车供应商中,已有11家恢复了在中国各地的生产。


美国汽车制造商福特(Ford)官员表示,该公司已恢复在华工厂的运营,并将在未来几周内根据需求增加产量。


德国最畅销的国际汽车制造商大众(Volkswagen)表示,在华生产汽车和汽车零部件的20家工厂中,除了两家以外,其余都已恢复生产。


大众汽车(中国)有限公司首席执行长沃伦斯坦(Stephan Woellenstein)说,由于经销商目前有足够的库存,这两个例外还没有恢复生产。

 

原作者: Cheng Yu and Li Fusheng 来自: china daily