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Old 05-01-2008, 08:39 AM   #26
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Beiqi Foton agrees on truck JV with Daimler.

May 01, 2008 - Daimler AG has reached a preliminary agreement to set up a truck-making joint venture with Beiqi Foton Motor Co in China, the Chinese company said on Wednesday.

Preparations for setting up the venture, which would make medium- to heavy-duty trucks, are proceeding smoothly, Foton said in a statement. It did not disclose any financial details or the potential size of the venture. The companies are also exploring opportunities to form a global partnership, the statement added.

In December, Foton scrapped an 817 million yuan ($117 million) share placement plan with DaimlerChrysler, which would have given its potential partner a 24 percent stake.

Instead, it said it would explore opportunities with Daimler in the medium- to heavy-duty truck sector, including a possible joint venture.
source: Reuters
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