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Hillary Clinton to visit GM plant in Uzbekistan

18 October 2011

David Shepardson/ Detroit News Washington Bureau of 10/18/2011 - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to visit a General Motors Co. plant in central Asia on Sunday, the company said Tuesday.

Clinton will visit GM's new powertrain factory in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, said Greg Martin, a GM spokesman.

The Detroit automaker holds 97 percent of the market share in the former Soviet Republic through a joint venture.

That's the highest share the Detroit automaker holds in any GM market.

GM Uzbekistan, a vehicle manufacturing joint venture located in Asaka, Uzbekistan, was created in October 2008 by GM and government-owned UzAvtosanoat.

GM holds a 25 percent stake in the joint venture, while the other 75 percent is held by UzAvtosanoat.

GM Uzbekistan employs 6,600 people and produces more than 200,000 Chevrolet passenger vehicles yearly for domestic sale and export to neighboring markets such as Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Vehicles built at GM Uzbekistan include the Chevrolet Captiva SUV and Spark mini-car. GM and UzAvtosanoat established a second joint venture to manufacture engines, GM Powertrain Uzbekistan, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. GM has a 52 percent stake and UzAvtosanoat a 48 percent stake in that venture.

The new facility has already begun pilot production and begins commercial production next month.

It has an annual capacity of more than 200,000 engines, which will power vehicles sold in Uzbekistan and other markets. The joint venture will create 1,000 jobs. It is the first powertrain plant built in Uzbekistan.