The new Tuopu factory will manufacture components for electric cars. Total investment outlays will reach EUR 30 million. The investor plans to employ 450 people in the plant in Poznań.
In entering the market, the company is supported by the Investor Relations Department of the City of Poznań and the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH).
Ningbo Tuopu Group is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. It is a technology leader in the production of car components, operating in the industry for over 30 years. Toupu cooperates with world leaders in the automotive industry, incl. Audi, BMW, Fiat-Chrysler, GM, Geely, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen. The plant in Poznań will produce subframes for electric cars.
– The location of the new Tuopu investment in Poznań was largely determined by the Poland strategic location on the map of Europe. The decision was also influenced by the well-developed base of sub-suppliers and the local infrastructure as well as very good facilities and industrial surroundings. We appreciate the support of local and public authorities throughout the process, especially from the Polish Investment and Trade Agency. The support of PAIH and the City of Poznań helped us a lot, incl. when it comes to building a base of local subcontractors, but also the conditions offered related to locating investments in this region – says Bob Zheng, CEO of Tuopu Poland.
Factory with an area of over 30,000 sqm will be built in the Kostrzyn-Słubice Special Economic Zone. Its construction will be carried out by the Polish developer 7R, at 7R City Park in Poznań’s Franowo district, which will be the first production plant of the Chinese company in Europe. A highly robotic welding line is to operate in it. Thanks to the investment, 450 people will find employment, but the company plans to employ 20 people this year. The Chinese investor is looking for, among others qualified specialists, engineers, but also an efficient team supporting operational processes.
– We are very pleased that Tuopu has decided to locate its first factory in Europe in Poznań. The components provided by the plant will be used to build electric cars, which are gaining in popularity – emphasizes Jacek Jaśkowiak, Mayor of Poznań. – The new investment creates 450 jobs, including many specialized ones. We are also pleased with the willingness of Tuopu to cooperate with regional sub-suppliers.
– We are trying to create a pro-investment atmosphere in the city, supporting entrepreneurs running a business here. The choice of Poznań confirms that our region is attractive for the automotive industry. The location of our city, between Warsaw and Berlin, and access to sub-suppliers in the close vicinity create a good climate for the development of automotive industry. For years, Poznań has been perceived as the so-called gate to Europe incl. by Asian companies – adds Bartosz Guss, Deputy Mayor of Poznań.
Poland is one of the main suppliers of car components and parts for global automotive players in Europe. Poznań has also stood out in this market for years, being the seat of giants such as Volkswagen, Solaris, Bridgestone and many local suppliers. The location, available infrastructure and friendly investment climate convince many companies from the automotive industry.
– The Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) accompanied Tuopu from the moment of their decision to locate the investment in Wielkopolska Region. As part of the consulting, we helped the company not only to learn about the support tools, but also indicated the most optimal ones, tailored to the entire project. Moreover, the company could count on us in contacts with developers and coordination of relations with public administration. The plant in Poznań is the company’s first factory in Europe. Interestingly, there is a lot of interest among Chinese investors among car parts sub-suppliers, as well as producers of batteries and their components for EVs. I hope that Tuopu’s decision will be a stimulus for more investors who are considering implementing their projects in Poland. We have more and more arguments for Poland each month – sums up Marcin Fabianowicz, deputy director of the Investment Center at the Polish Investment and Trade Agency.