Wencan aims to supply products from near NIO's plants by 2025, and the two companies will work together to arrange capacity expansion plans.
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NIO (NYSE: NIO) has entered into a strategic partnership with yet another auto parts giant that will provide supply support near its plants.
One-piece die-casting parts supplier Wencan Group signed a five-year strategic cooperation framework agreement with NIO on March 26, according to an exchange announcement today from the Shanghai-listed company.
The two companies will collaborate on supply, low carbon, digitalization and globalization to achieve supply support around NIO's Hefei plants, according to the announcement.
Wencan and NIO will also collaborate in depth on lightweight research and development of integrated die-casting structural parts for the body and new material applications.
The two will also explore all-round cooperation in products including integrated battery boxes, core electric vehicle components and automotive chassis, according to the announcement.
Wencan aims to supply products near the NIO plants by 2025, and the two companies will work together to arrange capacity expansion plans, including investing in new production lines, or building new production sites, to ensure smooth production and delivery of NIO projects, the announcement said.
Wencan will also use its global presence to provide full support to NIO's international business and to provide full support to the electric vehicle company's global R&D and product validation, according to the announcement.
NIO will promote Wencan's casting business to its partners and will explore cooperation in other business areas, the announcement said.
The two will also cooperate deeply on business car purchases and employee car purchases.
Wencan is one of China's best-known suppliers of integrated die-casting parts and a core supplier of structural body parts to NIO, according to the team led by Cui Yan, an analyst at local brokerage firm Huaxi Securities.
Wencan's parts are used in NIO's entire lineup of models, and the average value of its parts used per NIO vehicle is more than RMB 3,000, Cui's team said in a March 17 research note.
Most automakers won't adopt Tesla's model of using one-piece die-casting machines on their own because it requires a large investment and the scale effect is less than that of third-party suppliers, the team said.
On October 26, 2022, Wencan announced plans to raise up to RMB 3.5 billion through a private placement, of which RMB 1 billion will be used to build a parts manufacturing project in Anhui province.
Wencan plans to build a plant in Lu'an, Anhui province, which will help better serve customers including NIO and BYD, Cui's team said.
The new agreement with Wencan is the second NIO has signed with the parts giant so far this month.
On March 16, Tesla's parts supplier Ningbo Tuopu Group announced that it had signed an agreement with NIO to establish a strategic partnership for the development, manufacture and supply of NEV parts and components.
One of the goals of the partnership between the two is for Ningbo Tuopu to provide parts supply near NIO's factories in Hefei, according to the announcement.