By on November 26, 2012

As if it’s not enough that Chinese buyers shy away from Japanese cars due to disputes over some rocks in the East China sea, Japanese cars find themselves under attack from a surprising foe: Chinese cars. Chinese cars were the big winner of the anti-Japanese row, and now The Nikkei [sub] has a downright frightening report from the inside of one of the most successful Chinese automakers, Great Wall:  

“Great Wall Motor Co. has recently emerged as a stellar local automaker. At its head office in Baoding, Hebei Province, about two hours from Beijing, workers in navy-blue uniforms have taken to heart the company’s slogan: “Catch up with Japanese and South Korean rivals.”

The company’s regimented approach to production is modeled on China’s People’s Liberation Army, which has a base in Baoding. At the plant, workers must walk in single file when they move from place to place in groups of more than three.

It also imposes strict cost controls. For example, the elevators at its 16-story headquarters only stop on the eighth, 13th and 16th floors; employees on other floors must take the stairs. And lighting in the stairwells and the main entrance is switched off to save electricity.”

Great Wall has become famous for quality cars at reasonable prices. It sold 380,000 in January-October, up 35 percent, while China’s auto market as a whole was flat. The odd part: The military-style company is privately owned. At the same time, government-owned carmakers in China affect a more urbane and relaxed pose, which they pick up from their foreign joint venture partners.

 

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  • avatar
    ott

    More than three in single file? Why?

  • avatar
    Oelmotor

    I do not see a long term threat as long as the Chinese continue to force their “blue collar” workers to live in “Chicken Battery”(worker dorminatory) conditions.

  • avatar
    th009

    Only production was flat, market was actually up by 5.32%. Still, 35% is a solid increase, but the total numbers are still very small.

  • avatar
    oldyak

    I couldn`t imagine 3 UAW workers marching in line other than to the beer store or the ballot box..HOW ABOUT THE BEER FIRST ..THEN THE BALLOT BOX

    • 0 avatar
      icemilkcoffee

      You better thank the UAW and other unions that we don’t have this kind of corporate fascism here in the US.

      • 0 avatar
        el scotto

        +1 I doubt they get a 2 day weekend, 8 hour day, or collective bargaining.

      • 0 avatar

        With about 7% of US private sector workers being members of labor unions, I doubt they’re the bulwark against corporate excesses. Smart employers treat their workers well. As for the 8 hour work day and 5 day work week, that was the gift of Henry Ford, not labor unions. When Ford realized that going to an 8 hour shift and not making employees work a half day on Saturday meant he could now run his factories 24/7/365, he went to a 40 hour 5 day workweek. Ford also started a company health clinic in 1913. I know that it’s popular in some quarters to regard business and profit as evil, but I’ve yet to see evidence that members of labor unions are any more saintly than the folks in management.

        Which do you think a labor union president would prefer, a safe machine operated by one employee, or an unsafe machine that needed two people to operate (and pay union dues)?

  • avatar
    dolorean

    “It also imposes strict cost controls. For example, the elevators at its 16-story headquarters only stop on the eighth, 13th and 16th floors; employees on other floors must take the stairs. And lighting in the stairwells and the main entrance is switched off to save electricity.”

    Add chaining the exit doors so no one can go on break for a quick smoke and you got an awesome recipe for a fire disaster.

    • 0 avatar
      blowfish

      chains are on exit doors, but smoking are allowed inside( ? )

      I was told smoking was a way to get breaks or more time off during work, so everybody needed to have the bad habit then.
      those were the days u work u get 36 and dont work u still get 36.
      thats why during those days the production of food & everything else was so far behind as no incentives to produce more, then they introduce to allow worker to keep a small plot out of the communal field, suddenly the production went up.
      also for female the ideal matrimonial partner are butchers, truck drivers, one guarantee food on the table another is logistic also get goods from afar.
      middle kingdom is a real eye opener for most occidental folks.

  • avatar
    mkirk

    If I buy a great wall pickup can I have one of those chrome SKS rifles in the picture to hang on the gun rack?


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