BAIC's South African plant in Coega
has officially opened last week with the ceremonial rollout of an X25 SUV.
Only one phase of the plant has been completed and currently SKD kits will be assembled. More complex processes like welding (body shop is complete), painting and stamping (paint and press shops are not) will be introduced over the next couple of years. If everything goes well, this plant will transform into a manufacturing facility eventually. There were several delays and disruptions during the construction of this plant due to problems and conflicts between BAIC SA management and the local populace/job-seekers/service providers/local suppliers/small contractors.