Company introduction

BAIC Automobile SA(PTY) Ltd. was established in 2016 as a joint venture between China BAIC Group and South Africa Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). BAIC Group's investment accounted for 65% and IDC's 35%. The factory is located in Coega Development Zone, Gqeberha, Eastern Cape, South Africa, and a marketing center is set up in Johannesburg. BAIC SA mainly focuses on the complete vehicle business, supplemented by parts supporting business, and is committed to building a global production base and export vehicle base based in South Africa and radiating to Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and other regions.

Project Information
Project Name
BAIC Automobile SA (Pty) Limited
Project Site
Coega Development Zone, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Factory Scale
Passenger car, off-road vehicle, lightweight car
Welding, Paint, Assembly
The first phase 40,000-50,000 units/year
Land use planning
The first phase 54 hectares
Construction area
The first phase 70,591.18m2
investment scale
Total investment
The first phase: $226 million
Shareholding ratio
BAIC (Baic hongkong) 65% South African industrial development (IDC) 35%

Paint shop has a planned production capacity of 50,000 units, designed a clean beat of 12JPH, and the project can realize flexible production of multiple models, multiple platforms. Workshop process equipment adopts hierarchical classification centralized layout, workshop design adopts partial two-storey steel platform structure, the total construction area of the project is 20993 square meters.The workshop adopts a variety of technical equipment, such as 3C2B process + air conditioning circulating air + robot external spraying + waste gas incineration RTO, and water-based paint to reduce pollution. With environmental protection, green, energy saving, high efficiency and other characteristics.

Bodyshop covers an area of 10,608 square meters, the production beat 14.5JPH, annual capacity of 50,000 units, the comprehensive operation rate of 88%. The main areas include: front cabin assembly line (ER), rear floor assembly line (RF), vehicle body assembly line (UB), main welding line (MB), adjustment line (FL). There are 32 robots in the whole line, 49 stations, welding automation rate of 60%, body transfer automation rate of 100%, UB&MB and body adjustment line can realize the mixed production of four models (including left and right rudder), through the mechanical switch of fixture, to meet the positioning and clamping of different platform models.

Assembly shop area is 41,768㎡, including 31,160㎡ for general assembly, 10,608㎡ for welding and 5,800㎡ for logistics storage. The annual production capacity of the workshop is 50,000 vehicles. The production line adopts a flexible design, which can realize mixed production of different platforms (load-bearing/non-load-bearing body) and multiple models.

Introduction of shareholders

BAIC Group

Beijing Automotive Group Co., Ltd.(BAIC Group) is a backbone enterprise of China auto industry. Originated in 1958, BAIC Group covers the industry chain from R&D and manufacturing of vehicles and parts to automobile service trade, comprehensive travelling service, financing and investment business with more than 450 billion yuan of annual revenue. As a resource aggregation and business development platform for passenger vehicles of BAIC Group, BAIC Motor's main business covers R&D, manufacturing, sales and after-sales services, production of core components for passenger vehicles, and auto finance.

Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)

The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) of South Africa Limited was established in 1940 through an Act of Parliament and is fully owned by the South African Government. It has assets of US$10.7 billion. The place of registration and main office is Johannesburg, South Africa. IDC's business covers South Africa and other African countries, and it is a financial company (institution) that provides financial support for enterprises and investment projects that promote the development of industrialization in Africa.

Company history

April 24, 2016

On April 24, 2016, BAIC Group signed a joint development agreement with IDC.

AUGUST 30, 2016

On August 30, 2016, BAIC SA officially laid the foundation.

July 1, 2017

On July 1, 2017, the first steel column of BAIC SA factory was successfully lifted.

July 24, 2018

On July 24, 2018, the first car launch ceremony of BAIC SA.

June 21, 2019

On June 21, 2019, BAIC Group and IDC signed the "Deepening Cooperation Agreement".

July 25, 2019

On July 25, 2019, Mr Lin Songtian, the then Chinese Ambassador, Mr. Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade and Industry of SA, visited BAIC SA.

October 23, 2021

On Ocotber 23, 2021, BAIC SA B40 was listed in Johannesburg.

October 25, 2022

On October 25, 2022, paint shop equipment installation of the BAIC SA officially began.

November 15, 2022

On November 15, 2022, BAIC SA X55 was successfully launched in South Africa market.

November 21, 2022

On November 21, 2022, all employees celebrated the 6 year anniversary of BAIC SA.

December 7, 2022

On December 7, 2022, IDC executives Ms Lucretia and Mr Imran visted the BAIC SA factory.

February 8, 2023

On February 8, 2023, BAIC SA X55 trial assembly vehicle off line.

June 1, 2023

On June 1, 2023, E-coat first fill & equipment commissioning launched.

June 23, 2023

On June 23, 2023, BAIC SA factory construction fully completed & product off line.