This webcast includes lots of interesting data on China’s economy (the SAIC green transportation concepts is also interesting but not as much as the economic data, to me). I knew China had overtaken the USA in purchases of new cars. I knew China continues to grow manufacturing output amazingly. I did not know how incredibly rapidly Chinese growth in manufacturing cars has been in the last couple of years.
In 2007 the USA produced 10.8 million cars and light trucks, Japan 11.6 million, China 8.9 million. In 2008 USA 8.7 million, Japan 11.6 million, China 9.3 million. In 2009 USA 5.7 million, Japan 7.9 million and China 13.8 million. That is an amazingly quick transformation. The credit crunch is obviously a big part of the issue but the bigger story is the growth on the broad Chinese consumer economy (most of those Chinese cars are being bought in China).
Another interesting country is India: In 2007 they produced 2.3 million, 2008 2.3 million and in 2009 2.6 million. Global production: 2007 – 73 million, 2008 – 70 million, 2009 – 62 million.
The webcast includes more interesting statistics. More than 250 million people have been removed from abject poverty (this is am amazingly great outcome that is often ignored). In 1978, .2% Chinese homes had a refrigerator; by 2008, 94% had refrigerators. In 2030 China will have 220 cities with over 1 million people. Today China has 110.
Related: Manufacturing Output as a Percent of GDP by Country – China Forecasts 9.6% GDP Growth, Close to Becoming 2nd Largest Economy (Dec 2009) – The Relative Economic Position of the USA is Likely to Decline