The trade war between Beijing and Washington has not dampened the Chinese passion for working in American companies.
More than 160 keen candidates have to compete on average for a single position in Tesla, the American electric car manufacturer.
Armed with their resumes, packed lunches and enthusiasm, thousands of applicants came to a job fair in Tesla on Wednesday – all hoping to work for boss Elon Musk in his glitzy Chinese factory.
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High competition: Candidates stand in line for interviews at a Tesla job fair in Shanghai
Dream jobs: the three-hour recruitment event was held on Wednesday near the new Telsa plant
Endless queues: only 24 vacancies were available, but almost 4,000 submitted their resumes
& # 39; Affordable cars must be made on the same continent as customers & # 39 ;, wrote Elon Musk on Twitter. The CEO of Tesla is pictured at the groundbreaking ceremony of the factory on January 7
Unprepared for the large number of visitors, the organizers had to extend the job fair for an additional three hours to 7 p.m. to collect the recordings of wannabe employees, according to the Chinese financial newspaper 21st Century Business Herald.
The construction of the Chinese factory has been in full swing since January, in Lingang, a high-end production park next to a port in the southeastern part of Shanghai.
The vast, 213-hectare factory is expected to be completed in July.
Only 24 job openings were available on Wednesday's stock market and most of them were on assembly lines, according to a job from Tesla on the Chinese message platform WeChat.
Assume me: successful applicants will be assigned to work in six departments of the huge factory
Nothing will stop us now: the job fair took place like the China-US. trade war escalates
Preparation: Candidates see application forms outside the recruitment area
Great success: so many people attended the event that the organizers had to reverse the closing time
The vacancies concern the six departments of the factory, including the welding workshop, the painting workshop, the assembly workshop and the logistics department.
Skilled workers had traveled from all over China to visit the fair.
During the three-hour recruitment event, 3,977 job seekers were able to submit their resumes, according to the Development and Construction Management Committee from the Linggang district, which supervised the stock exchange.
Tesla's Chinese plant, which costs around $ 2 billion to build, is a first step for the company to locate its production in & # 39; the world's largest car market
With an investment of more than 50 billion yuan ($ 7 billion), the plant is the largest production project invested abroad in the history of Shanghai and the first Tesla plant outside the US
It covers 213 hectares near a port in southeastern Shanghai and will be ready in July
Tesla plans to use the factory with 500,000 vehicle capacity to produce basic versions of Model 3
With an investment of more than 50 billion yuan ($ 7 billion), this is the largest production project invested abroad in the history of Shanghai and the first Tesla plant outside the US
Tesla plans to use the 500,000 vehicle capacity installation to produce basic versions of Model 3 and later also the Model Y.
& # 39; We think with the resources here that we can build the Shanghai Gigafactory in record time and we look forward to hopefully have some initial production of the Model 3 by the end of this year and to realize volume production next year, & # 39; CEO Elon Musk of Tesla. said at the groundbreaking ceremony in January.
& # 39; Affordable cars must be made on the same continent as customers & # 39 ;, Musk wrote on Twitter prior to the event.
Tesla announced today that its Model 3 vehicles made in China would be priced at $ 47,529, 13 percent cheaper than the imported version. A Model 3 can be seen at the Shahghai Auto Show in April
A fully-fledged car assembly plant can take about two years to build, but the Shanghai government has supported the Tesla project, which would be China's first wholly foreign-owned car plant and a reflection of the broader shift in government for its car market.
Producing cars locally can probably also help Tesla to minimize the impact of the Sino-US war.
China will start by enforcing a tariff increase on 5,410 US products to 25 percent, which has consequences for various daily items of condoms, lipstick and wine.
Trump has more than doubled the punitive rates at $ 200 billion in Chinese goods to 25 percent and has started the process to hit almost all remaining imports from the Asian country.
The escalating battle for rates has forced Tesla to lower the prices of US cars in China, which is becoming increasingly important as the company wants to compensate for the mitigating demand for home.
Tesla announced today that its Model 3 vehicles made in China would be priced at 328,000 yuan ($ 47,529), 13 percent cheaper than the imported vehicles in the country.
Model 3 was unveiled in China last month at the Shanghai Auto Show.
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