A bird’s-eye view of the site of Shanghai GM’s new Cadillac plant and PATAC’s new R&D facility.


Set Benchmarks for Global Vehicle Manufacturing

A new Cadillac plant in China uses advanced manufacturing techniques that have a lighter impact on the environment.

The newly opened Cadillac plant in Shanghai, China not only has the capacity to produce 160,000 vehicles per year, but also serves as a green benchmark for vehicle manufacturing globally. The plant’s body shop, paint shop and general assembly shop make use of advanced manufacturing technologies, such as fully automated production lines, and new techniques, including resistance spot welding and laser brazing of aluminum.

The paint shop is the only facility of its kind in China without a concrete chimney. The environmentally friendly spray booth exhaust treatment system and dry venturi scrubbers make the shop nearly 300 percent cleaner than conventional paint shops, with significantly reduced volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and power consumption. The general assembly shop likewise introduced an industry-leading automatic exhaust collection and pumping system that substantially increases exhaust collection. The plant supports production of the Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan, which was introduced in China in 2017.

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