BYD celebrates 20 years in Europe

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A ceremony has been held in Schiedam, the Netherlands to celebrate BYD Europe’s 20th anniversary.

Schiedam, part of the greater Rotterdam region, is the city where BYD’s European headquarters have been based since December 1998.

Speeches were delivered by Isbrand Ho, Managing Director at BYD Europe, Guosheng Zhang, Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands, and Cor Lamers, Mayor of Schiedam.

The latter spoke also on behalf of the City of Rotterdam.

Barbara Kathmann, Vice Mayor of Economic Affairs for the Municipality of Rotterdam, joined the reception, together with clients, suppliers, and other business relations of the company.

Isbrand Ho said: “It is all part of the bright future for BYD’s ‘new energy solutions’ across Europe, driven by the battery technology and the need to clean up the air we breathe – something in which you, BYD and our customers have a crucial role to play.

In the Netherlands we were the first to introduce our proven full-size emissions free buses five years ago.

We will continue to be an industry innovator, working in close co-operation with academia, our customers and the relevant government and non-government bodies.

We have the ability to remain a leader even in the face of intensifying competition.”

Guosheng Shang said: “During these 20 years in the Netherlands, BYD has made some outstanding achievements. Starting off as a battery supplier with only a few employees, you have now expanded into a fast growing business with more than 60 employees, representing solar, energy storage and electric vehicles, and were awarded the ‘Invest in Holland’ certificate by Dutch government.

We are proud to witness that you have grown into an important contributor to the Dutch economy and a valuable member of Dutch society. BYD is a high-tech company devoted to technological innovations for a better life.

Indeed, the innovative high-tech companies like BYD not only represent cooperation opportunities for our two countries, but also the driving force for China’s economy.”

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