Region welcomes major investment
After assessing several dozen potential locations, BYD finally selected Hauts-de-France—and, more precisely, a site in the Beauvais urban community—for its first bus and coach assembly plant in Western Europe. In addition to the assembling activity, the Chinese group plans to set up an after-sales unit for maintenance and repairs, along with a logistics center for spare parts. The new facility will be housed in an existing building with a 32,000 sq m footprint on an 8-hectare parcel. Production is scheduled to start up in the first half of 2018, with around 100 jobs created in the project’s initial stage.
BYD Company Limited was founded by Chuanfu Wang in Shenzhen (China) in 1995, and is the country’s leading manufacturer of rechargeable batteries and components for mobile telephones and computers. After acquiring Tsinchuan Automobile Company in 2003, BYD diversified into electric vehicles (buses, coaches, trucks, taxis and vans).
About Nord France Invest
Nord France Invest first linked up with BYD five years ago, anticipating the Chinese company’s arrival in Europe. The current project got under way in earnest in 2015. Following the merger of France’s Nord-Pas de Calais and Picardy regions in early 2016, Nord France Invest proposed a promising site adjacent to the new region’s border with Greater Paris (Ile de France). It went on to coordinate negotiations with the Chinese company, maintaining close contacts with the Hauts-de-France Regional Council, the Beauvais urban community, the French Authorities, and the Hauts-de-France Special Commissioner for Industrial Redevelopment.