‘Chinese electric car maker looking at Caterpillar site Gosselies’
According to the Walloon government ‘a Chinese electric car maker’ is interested in taking over – probably partly – the former Caterpillar site in Gosselies. This was confirmed by Walloon Minister for Economy, Pierre-Yves Jeholet (MR), in the regional parliament.
A delegation of Jeholet’s cabinet is visiting China these days, together with experts form the Walloon Trade Agency Awex and the financial branch of the Walloon Region Sogepa.
Left for 1 euro
They are looking for investors to take over the 90 hectare terrain that American bulldozer manufacturer Caterpillar left for 1 euro to the Walloon government after closing down the factory. 2.287 employees lost their job.
Link & Co in Ghent
China has several important electric car manufacturers, working for the Chinese market exclusively until now. Details of which one of them might be interested aren’t made public so far. In March Chinese car builder Geely, owning Volvo announced it will manufacture its new full electric brand Link & Co at the Volvo plant in Ghent.
Volvo Cars Gent is going to invest an estimated 100 million extra in the factory to start assembling the first 70.000 Chinese Lynk & Co 01 crossovers for Europe by the end of 2019.