China Zhongwang Holdings Limited, the second largest industrial aluminum extrusion product developer and manufacturer in the world and the biggest one in Asia, has successfully designed, manufactured and developed all-aluminum new energy electric buses for Brilliance Bus (Dalian) Company Limited. This co-operation marks China Zhongwang’s inauguration as the first and only aluminum processing enterprise in China to have the capability of undertaking both the design and manufacturing of all-aluminum new energy public buses.
The frame and body of this new public bus model use aluminum alloy as the key material. Its weight is reduced by 40% compared to its steel counterparts. Aluminium-bodied vehicles are more durable, corrosion resistant and have better vibration absorption capabilities. The lighter auto bodies increase the vehicles’ driving range, thereby conserving energy and reducing operating costs.
In order to reduce the urban air pollution problem, China has enacted policies to encourage the development of new energy vehicles. These policies have played an important role in driving the growth of aluminum applications.
China Zhongwang has now completed two vehicle prototypes for Brilliance Bus, of which the first prototype is for display, and the second is currently undergoing road tests. It will commence mass production after passing the road test.
China Zhongwang has been focusing on the light-weight development of transportation, machinery and equipment and electric power engineering sectors through the provision of quality industrial aluminum extrusion products. It now has 93 internationally advanced aluminum extrusion production lines including 21 production lines of large-scale aluminum extrusion presses of 75MN or above.
In addition, to further leverage its existing strengths in the industry, the Group is developing the high value-added aluminum flat-rolled product project. With a total designed annual production capacity of 3 million tonnes, the project is scheduled for development in two phases.
Phase I of the project with a planned annual production capacity of 1.8 million tonnes consists of two production lines. Plant construction has been completed and equipment installation and testing is underway, to be followed closely by trial operation. This new business venture will not only enable the Group to further capitalize on its leading edge in aluminum alloy smelting and casting and product research and development, but also achieve synergies with its existing industrial aluminum extrusion and deep processing businesses by taking full advantage of their customer and market resources in related downstream application sectors.
Brilliance Bus (Dalian) Co., Ltd. was established on July 29, 2010 with investments from Brilliance Automotive Investment (Dalian) Co., Ltd, as an automobile manufacturing enterprise. Brilliance Bus is committed to the development and manufacturing of new energy buses, new energy transportation vehicles and high-end private cars.
The company’s current products include city buses, group tourist buses, clean energy LNG buses, new energy all-electric buses, non-tank conversion transportation vehicles, all-electric sanitation vehicles and more. As well, the company is also involved in the entire vehicle production line from welding, painting, assembling and manufacturing to vehicle performance tests and processing of various equipment parts.
In addition to the manufacturing of passenger vehicles and expansion of new product categories, Brilliance Bus also serves as the production platform for Dalian’s special category coaches, new energy vehicles and school buses.