Wanxiang

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Wanxiang Group Corporation
Industry Automotive
Founded 1969 (1969)
Founders Lu Guanqiu
Headquarters Hangzhou, China
Area served Worldwide
Key people Mr. Weiding Lu (Chief Executive Officer)
Pin Ni (President)
Lu Guanqiu (Chairman)
Products Automotive components
Subsidiaries
Website www.wanxiang.com.cn (Chinese)

Wanxiang Group Corporation (Chinese: 万向集团) is a Chinese multinational automotive components manufacturing company headquartered in Hangzhou, China. It is the largest China-based automotive components company measured by revenues.[1]

A123Systems, LLC[edit]

Wanxiang won an auction for the bankrupt United States-based lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems[2] in December 2012, for a closing price of US$256.6 million.[3] A123 Systems had more than 3000 employees as of December 2012.[3] The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) granted its approval[2] for the transaction on 30 January 2013.[4]

On October 16, 2012, A123 Systems had filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11, Title 11, United States Code. On January 28, 2013, Wanxiang Group's Chicago-based subsidiary, Wanxiang America[3] purchased the preponderance of A123's assets out of bankruptcy for US$256.6 million and organized a new company, similarly-named A123Systems, LLC.[2]

Fisker Automotive[edit]

Wanxiang received U.S. bankruptcy court approval on February 18, 2014, to buy the assets of Fisker Automotive, a manufacturer of plug-in hybrid sports cars that was declared bankrupt in November 2013. Wanxiang's American subsidiary won a three-day auction with a bid of US$149.2 million. Bidding had started at US$55 million. The company said in court papers it could restart production in the coming months, estimating that it would sell more than 1,000 Fisker Karma cars in the first 18 months in the US and 500 in Europe.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chinese Firm Purchases U.S. Maker of Batteries". The New York Times. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Vlasic, Bill (May 14, 2013). "Chinese Creating New Auto Niche Within Detroit". New York Times. pp. 5/13/13 N.Y. Times A1. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  3. ^ a b c "China's Wanxiang wins auction for A123". CNN Money. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "China's Wanxiang wins approval to buy US battery maker". BBC News. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Hals, Tom (18 February 2014). "Court clears sale of hybrid car maker Fisker to China's Wanxiang". Reuters. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 

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