BYD Factory in Guangdong caught fire, no casualties | Rare Techy
A fire broke out on November 18 at the BYD factory in the Chinese city of Huizhou, Guangdong Province. No one was injured and no fire or explosives were found inside the steel-framed building. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
The fire quickly became a trending topic on social media. Judging by an online video, the factory was engulfed in smoke and flames could be seen inside. Fire engines were stationed near the factory, and several firefighters were trying to put out the fire.
The Huizhou factory is located in the western industrial park of Daya Bay District, with an area of 1.7 million square meters and 45,000 employees. It is one of BYD’s nine manufacturing bases in China and the largest in the industrial park. The business sector covers IT manufacturing, auto parts and new electric vehicles. The third phase of the factory is complete and operational.
The first phase of the project started construction in June 2006, mainly a metal products factory. The second phase of the project started construction in September 2008, mainly the automotive and LED components. The third sector, where the fire occurred, mainly produced electronic components, including mobile phone cases and computer equipment. Therefore, the cause of the fire may not be related to the batteries.
According to Tianyancha, a business information platform, BYD has three operating companies in Huizhou, located in Daya Bay District.
BYD has been talked about by Chinese consumers now. Several car owners reported in October that the air conditioners in the company’s Dolphin model sprayed a white powder. BYD responded last week after two third-party tests revealed that the Dolphin models had different emissions. The main component of the powder is aluminum hydroxide, which is widely used in stomach medicine and is harmless to humans.
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BYD started the fastest sales growth this year. From January to October, BYD sold 1.403 million vehicles, increasing by 1.6 times annually, including 1.398 million new electric vehicles, increasing by 2.3 times annually.
On November 16th, BYD officially completed its 3 millionth new electric vehicle. BYD took 13 years from the production of its first new electric vehicle to 1 million, and 1 year from 1 million to 2 million, and only half a year from 2 million to 3 million .