China EV maker BYD to build $1B plant in Turkey

The proposed plant will include a mobility and R&D centre and employ 5,000 people

By Reuters

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) watches as Wang Chuanfu (L), chairman and CEO of BYD; and Turkish Minister of Industry and Technology Mehmet Fatih Kacir sign documents  in Istanbul. — AFP
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) watches as Wang Chuanfu (L), chairman and CEO of BYD; and Turkish Minister of Industry and Technology Mehmet Fatih Kacir sign documents in Istanbul. — AFP

Published: Mon 8 Jul 2024, 7:57 PM

Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD Co Ltd agreed with the Turkish government to build a $1-billion production plant in Turkey with an annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Monday.

Anadolu published pictures of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meeting BYD chief executive Wang Chuanfu at a deal-signing ceremony for the plant, which it said would include a mobility and R&D centre and employ 5,000 people.


Last week, the European Union raised tariffs on Chinese EVs to help protect its industry. The deal could ease BYD's access to the market given Turkey's customs union with the EU.

The Chinese firm reached the deal with Turkey's Ministry of Industry and Technology.


China's state-backed Securities Times earlier reported, without mentioning Turkey, that BYD has agreed to build a factory for core parts of new energy vehicles that would backstop capacity of its factory in the southern city of Shenzhen.

Last week, a deputy chairman of Turkey's ruling AK Party told Reuters that Chinese carmaker Guangzhou Automobile Group was in talks with Turkish EV manufacturer TOGG over a possible joint production venture.

GAC's top management plans to visit TOGG in Turkey this month, the AK Party's Zafer Sirakaya said.



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