Rödl & Partner advises Salzgitter Hydroforming GmbH on Joint Venture Project with Shanghai Baolong Automotive Corporation

Stuttgart/Shanghai, 21 September 2018: Rödl & Partner advised Salzgitter Hydroforming GmbH (SZHF) in Crimmitschau Germany (a subsidiary of Salzgitter AG) on a joint venture project with the Chinese partner Baolong Automotive Corporation (Baolong).


Rödl & Partner represented SZHF in the current project through a China expert team under the lead of partner Jiawei Wang. Besides contract structuring, Rödl & Partner advised SZHF on the whole process of contract negotiation with the Chinese joint venture partner.

SZHF and Baolong have signed a contract to establish a joint venture for the production of hydroforming components for automotive chassis and body applications. Both partners have agreed on equally distributed voting rights for the joint venture. The joint venture is called Baolong Salzgitter Hydroforming and will be based in Hefei (Anhui province).

Hefei is one of China's major electromobility centers, located two hours from Shanghai. The joint venture Baolong Salzgitter Hydroforming combines Salzgitter's experience in technology and mass production with Baolong's industrial production expertise for the global production networks of the European automotive industry and its suppliers.

Baolong is a manufacturer of components for the automotive industry with production facilities in China, the US, and distribution centers in China, the US, Europe and Japan, etc. With more than 3,600 employees, the company generated a turnover of around € 270 million in 2017 and is one of the world market leaders for tire valves and exhaust pipes, and also regarded as the market leader in tire pressure monitoring systems in China. Besides that, Baolong has extensive experience in metal processing for exhaust components, chassis and body applications through hydroforming.


Salzgitter Hydroforming (SZHF) has around 350 employees at its three production sites in Crimmitschau, Brumby (both in Germany) and Chomutov, Czech Republic, developing and manufacturing sophisticated components by hydroforming. SZHF generated group sales of around € 50 million in financial year 2017. As a series manufacturer, it also offers all development services from prototyping to tool design. As a renowned technology specialist, SZHF supplies leading automobile manufacturers and their suppliers with ready-to-install components for chassis, body and exhaust systems. In the field of heating technology, SZHF supplies components for particularly high demands on flow properties and efficiency.


Adviser Team SZHF


Rödl & Partner Stuttgart

Jiawei Wang, LL.M., Registered Foreign Lawyer (China), Partner
(Project leader, Joint Venture, Contract negotiation)
Yijue Kuang, Registered Foreign Lawyer (China), Senior Associate (Joint Venture)  

Rödl & Partner Shanghai

Sebastian Wiendieck, Attorney-at-Law (Germany), Partner (Joint Venture)
Bei Li, LL.M., Legal Counsel, Associate Partner (Antitrust law, Contract negotiation)
Nils Naumann, Attorney-at-Law (Germany), Senior Associate (Antitrust law)
Yuan Zhang, Legal Counsel, Senior Associate (Joint Venture)



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Jiawei Wang, LL.M.


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