By Bennett Oghifo
JAC, a renowned auto manufacturing company with heavy investment in China, has committed over USD100m in building a first-class international Research and Development base covering 49173 square meters,
made up of an R&D Centre, a Passenger Cars, Heavy-Duty Trucks and Light-Duty Trucks Authentication Centre, and a Design Studio etc.
Elizade Autoland, which is the exclusive representative and sole distributor of JAC vehicles in Nigeria, has been marketing both Passenger and Commercial JAC vehicles such as J4 saloon, S3 Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), S2 and S5 SUVs, as well as T6 pick up, buses and light/heavy duty commercial vehicles for the past four years.
The MD/CEO of Elizade Autoland, Mr. Demola Ade Ojo, commended the heavy investments by JAC in research and development, even as he explained that such initiatives have positively impacted on the quality of JAC vehicles.
According to him “the JAC vehicles have come to stay, they continue to gain acceptance every day as the initial fear about a new auto brand has vanished after four years of providing quality products and solid after-sales”. The R&D base can independently undertake the tasks of designing, trial-manufacturing, testing of complete vehicles and core components, with its independent R&D ranking first in China.
JAC owns 821 invention patents and successfully implemented national automobile development projects. In addition, 44 R&D projects of JAC have been incorporated into the national and provincial key science and technological projects, and 55 product technologies have reached the national leading level.
By absorbing the essence of the R&D systems of internationally advanced companies, JAC has created a rigorous, scientific and high-efficient product development process.
The company’s about 50 years professional manufacturing capacity is facilitated by a developing an internationally advanced commercial vehicle production line equipped with world-class pressing machines, intelligent welding machines and fully automated painting equipment, with an annual production capacity of 500,000 vehicles.
On Passenger car production line, JAC ensures product quality with hardware guarantee with high-tech, high-precision equipment supplied by world-class manufacturers in Asia, Europe and the U.S., including production and automated inspection equipment, welding robots, advanced dust-free management mode, automatic positioning production line design, tilting electrophoresis, and environment friendly water-based lacquer.
Also, JAC has introduced internationally advanced technologies and equipment to create a world level engine product line, and achieve the application of GDI,TCI,CTI,TGDI,VVT and other engine technologies, to keep pace with the international level. Now, it has the capability of producing gasoline engines, diesel engines, CNG, hybrid power, and pure electric vehicles, and so on, and the annual production capability has reached 500,000 units.
Meanwhile, JAC and Volkswagen have announced a joint venture aimed at deepening the cooperation in areas like design, technology, product quality and development of multi-function vehicles. The venture which would affect combustion engined and alternative-energy powered vehicles, would be owned equally by JAC and VW and would be based in JAC’s home town of Hefei.