BEIJING — General Motors will continue buying parts aggressively in China.
Bo Andersson, GM's global purchasing chief, said the company's purchases in China for export will increase 25 percent a year through 2010.
The 25 percent annual increases started in 2005, he said.
Andersson declined to quantify the value of GM's China exports. In an interview here, he did say GM ships 20 million parts every month from China.
Although labor, energy and other costs are rising in China, they remain low by world standards.
Furthermore, the country has hundreds of competent manufacturers striving to meet global quality standards for auto parts.
"The focus of our export program is mainly on local companies," Andersson said.
"Our office in Shanghai today has more than 200 people developing Chinese local suppliers. And next year we will have a much larger office in Beijing and Guangzhou as well."
Andersson said GM buys 50 percent of its aluminum wheels from China.
In addition, a company called Shanghai Daimay Automotive Interiors Co. will supply 5 million sun visors, Andersson said.
In the future, GM will buy higher-value parts in China for export, he said.
Said Andersson: "We will see a shift into more electronics, air conditioning and also chassis parts, brake parts (and) steering parts."