Fuyao

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Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co. Limited
Private
Traded asSEHK3606
IndustryGlass manufacturing
Founded1987
FounderCao Dewang
Headquarters,
China
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Cao Dewang (chairman)
Productsautomotive glass
Number of employees
10,000
Websitefuyaogroup.com

Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co. Ltd (Chinese: 福耀玻璃工业集团股份有限公司) is a manufacturing company in the People's Republic of China, engaged in the production of float glass, automobile glass and construction glass. It is one of the largest auto glass producers in the world,[1] with customers including large international automobile manufacturers such as Ford, General Motors, Subaru and Volkswagen Group. It was established in 1987 as a joint venture company and is headquartered in Fuqing, Fujian. It was listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 1993 and on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2015.[2][3]

History[edit]

Cao Dewang founded Fuyao in Fuqing, Fujian Province 1987 with several business partners.[4] He had previous experience having taken over management of a glass factory owned by a local government. While there were few major buyers of automobiles at first, his company targeted the market of replacement glass for large numbers of imported vehicles into China.[5]

The company formed a joint venture with Saint-Gobain in 1996 with the French firm's 51 percent stake valued at $15.3 million. Three years later, Cao bought the stake back for $30 million.[6] By 2007, it held 60 percent market share of the automotive glass market in China, and an estimated three percent market share globally.[4]

Fuyao became an original equipment manufacturer to General Motors in June 2006.[6] Later that year, it signed an agreement with Goldman Sachs to sell 111 million new shares, to raise about ¥890 million ($137 million). In March 2007, Fuyao landed a contract supplying Bentley. That year, foreign sales contributed ¥5.17 billion, or almost $795 million, almost 28 percent of its sales that year. By that time, it was the fifth-largest maker of automotive glass in the world.[4]

Fuyao Glass America Inc.[edit]

In 2013, Fuyao began looking at establishing a factory presence in the United States, considering several sites in Ohio and Michigan before deciding on the former General Motors Moraine Assembly plant in Moraine, Ohio. Its initial commitment to the factory, which was made public in January 2014, was to buy 1.4 million square feet of the plant from Industrial Realty Group and invest $250 million into an auto glass production facility which would create 800 jobs. In 2014, it bought a float glass plant in Mount Zion, Illinois. In 2016, it announced an additional $131 million investment to add additional after-market glass lines at the plant, bringing it to 24 production lines. In exchange it received $6.6 million in incentives from JobsOhio. By then, the company planned to produce enough auto glass for 4 million to 5 million automobiles a year.[7] Taking advantage of retraction in the U.S. auto market during the Great Recession.[8] By the time the plant entered full-scale production in October 2016, the company has invested $1 billion in the U.S. subsidiary, with long-term plans to grow to 5,000 employees in the United States.[9]

By the end of 2016 the plant brought an estimated $280 million to the Ohio economy and employed 2,000 people in Moraine.[10] The plant saw some obstacles including concerns about safety, and workers lobbied unsuccessfully to form a union via the United Auto Workers in 2017.[11]

The 2019 documentary film American Factory is about this factory.

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Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "As clear as glass". maersk.com. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  2. ^ Khouri, Christina (2014-11-04). "Fuyao Glass breaks for HK IPO". GlobalCapital. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  3. ^ Ho, Prudence (2015-03-15). "Fuyao Glass Raises US$951 Million in Hong Kong IPO". Wall Street Journal. Hong Kong. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  4. ^ a b c Ling 2008, pp. 1-3.
  5. ^ Ling 2008, pp. 7-10.
  6. ^ a b Ling 2008, pp. 4-6.
  7. ^ Navera, Tristan (2016-10-07). "Fuyao Glass America Inc., a Timeline". Dayton Business Journal. Dayton, Ohio. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  8. ^ Navera, Tristan (2016-06-23). "Fuyao aims to be the 'backbone of the North American glass industry". Dayton Business Journal. Dayton, Ohio. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  9. ^ Navera, Tristan (2016-10-07). "Fuyao's new target: 5,000 U.S. jobs". Dayton Business Journal. Dayton, Ohio. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  10. ^ Navera, Tristan (2016-06-23). "Fuyao to bring $280M to Ohio economy this year". Dayton Business Journal. Dayton, Ohio. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  11. ^ Scheiber, Noam (2017-11-09). "Chinese-Owned Factory in Ohio Fights Off Unionization Plan". New York Times. New York City. Retrieved 2018-01-22.

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