Hyundai Glovis plans 2 China joint ventures

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Hyundai Glovis plans 2 China joint ventures


Hyundai Glovis CEO Kim Jung-hoon, right, and Changjiu Group Chairman Bo Shijiu pose for a photo after signing a partnership to establish two logistics joint ventures Thursday in Seoul. [HYUNDAI GLOVIS]

Hyundai Glovis is establishing two logistics joint ventures in China to bolster its presence in the country.

The Korean logistics company inked a partnership with China’s vehicle sales and logistics service provider Changjiu Group at its Seoul headquarters on Thursday to found two joint ventures. Among the two joint ventures, one will be dedicated to selling used cars in China while the other will focus on shipping new cars produced in China to export markets.

The used car sales venture will be a joint venture between the Korean company’s Beijing unit, Beijing Glovis and Changjiu Automotive, a subsidiary under the Chinese group. The shipping joint venture will be formed between Beijing Glovis and Beijing Changjiu Logistics, another subsidiary under the Chinese group.

The Hyundai affiliate did not disclose how much or what portion each company is paying to establish the joint venture, citing a confidentiality agreement.

According to the Hyundai unit, China’s used car trading market has been showing steep growth recently, expanding at an average 15 percent every year.

The size of the used car trading market in China is currently less than half the size of the new car sales market. Based on data from the China Automobile Dealers Association, 13.82 million used cars were sold in China last year while 28.08 million new cars were sold in the country in the same period.

The logistics company is expecting used car trading to outpace new car trading by 2023 considering used car trading volume is double that of new car trading in developed countries.

Hyundai Glovis plans to tackle China’s used car trading market using local dealer networks owned by Changjiu Automotive and its own know-how in operating secondhand car auctions in Korea. The Chinese partner is retailing 13 car brands through 75 dealers spread across China. The Korean company has been operating used car auctions since 2001.

The joint venture, tentatively named Beijing Changjiu Glovis Automobile Service, will first test its business in Guangxi, an autonomous region in southern China where Changjiu Automotive’s dealer network is concentrated, from next year.

The shipping joint venture will focus first on exporting cars produced in China to Southeast Asian countries. The new venture will start by delivering cars between China, Korea, Hong Kong and the Philippines from next year and then expand to Thailand and Indonesia.

In the longer term, the shipping venture, tentatively named Shanghai Changjiu Glovis Shipping, plans to partner with the used car retailing venture to export used cars. According to Hyundai Glovis, exporting used cars used to be illegal in China, but in May the country’s government announced it will allow exports to invigorate the economy.

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