- Around 20 workers from Kia Motors’ assembly plant in China were educated and trained upon the Sohari Plant production line.
“Please show us how to make a good car.” Workers at Kia’s local plant in China visited local Kia Motors’ auto plants, where they will learn car manufacturing technologies to enhance their productivity and support the production of high quality vehicles.
Kia Motors announced on June 4 that it would launch technological education and training for 23 workers from a Kia’s assembly plant in China, in order to foster technical personnel and secure high quality in the early stages. This regional Chinese plant will experience an enhancement in its operational efficiency, through the careful application of Kia Motors production technologies.
The trainees, who came to Korea at the end of last month, were welcome at an entrance ceremony for Kia Motors’ Sohari Plant, and made a tour through both Sohari and Hwasung Plants. They are scheduled to acquire technologies and knowledge related to automobile manufacture, which range from metallic patterns, body, painting, assembly and maintenance, right up to design, quality and production control. These skills and more will be fine-tuned at the Rio car production line located in Sohari Plant.
A Kia official explained that after the completion of a 6-month course, they will be equipped with the same skills and abilities as local Kia workers. They may then return to the assembly factory in China and participate in full-fledged production activities.
Meanwhile, last September Kia Motors Corp. and Hyundai Motor Company established Jiangsu Hyundai Kia Yueda Motor Co., Ltd., a joint venture company with Chinese business partner Jiangsu Yueda Group. This consortium, with an investment ratio of 50:50, is geared to capture the Chinese market and its forecast growth into the world’s largest buyer of automobiles. About 50 million motor vehicles are predicted to be sold in 2010, and so this new joint venture aims to secure a production base that will rank it within the top five global automakers. Kia and Hyundai have announced that their current production capacity of 25,000 vehicles a year will increase to up to 150,000 vehicles, thanks to an investment of $300 million by the end of next year. In the future the mark is set at 300,000 vehicles, the same capacity level as China’s largest car maker, Shanghai Motors.
Currently, the Xiao Fu Sheng (Little Bliss Star) and Pride models are being produced in this assembly plant located in Yangchen City, Jiangsu Province, while the compact car Rio will also be produced later this year.