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Chinese battery maker to create 900 new jobs

Chinese battery parts manufacturer Huayou Cobalt is investing 520 billion forints (EUR 1.4bn) to build its first European plant in Acs, in north-western Hungary, the minister of foreign affairs and trade said on Wednesday.

The investment creating 900 jobs will receive government support, the exact amount of which will be published after the European Commission has green-lighted it, Peter Szijjarto said in Budapest on Wednesday.

Hoayou Cobalt is bringing cutting-edge technology and training for its employees to Hungary, he said. Hungary won the investment in a two-year negotiating process amid stiff international competition, he added.

The investment is the second one announced this year in Hungary to top 1 billion dollars. Last year, only 159 investments of that volume were announced worldwide, he added.

Hungary has drawn 51 investments connected to electric car manufacturing in the past seven years, worth some 4,000 billion forints in total, Szijjarto said. “This would have been impossible without the policy of opening to the East,” he added.

Trade between Hungary and China hit a record 13 billion euros in 2022, and last year’s record investments worth 6.5 billion euros is expected to double this year, he said.

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