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China: Explosion at plant of Zhongrong Metal Production, subcontractor to international automotive brands’ wheel supplier, kills at least 68; Govt. orders safety checks

Author: James T. Areddy, Wall Street Journal (USA), Published on: 3 August 2014

"Blast at China Car-Parts Supplier Kills at Least 68", 2 Aug 2014

At least 68 people were killed and about 187 injured in a major blast at a factory in eastern China that supplies…indirectly some of the biggest international brands as a subcontractor in the production of wheels, the company and state media reported...Xinhua...said Premier Li Keqiang ordered safety checks to avoid similar industrial accidents...[Zhongrong] contact person...said she had no information about the incident...On its website, Zhongrong...describes itself as a subcontractor to...Citic Dicastal Wheel Manufacturing Co. Dicastal couldn't immediately be reached for comment. A spokeswoman for General Motors Co. said some of the wheels installed on its cars made in China have been processed by Zhongrong as a result of [General Motors’] association with Dicastal...[A]ccording to Dicastal's website, its customers include Germany's Volkswagen AG and Japan's Mitsubishi Motors Corp. A VW spokeswoman said she couldn't immediately comment. Mitsubishi couldn't immediately be reached for comment…[also refers to Apple]

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Related companies: Apple China International Trust and Investment (CITIC) CiTiC Dicastal Wheel Manufacturing (part of CITIC) General Motors Mitsubishi Group Volkswagen