Gree Electric

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Gree Electric Appliances Inc. of Zhuhai
Public
Traded asSZSE: 000651
IndustryElectronics, Household appliances
Founded1989; 30 years ago (1989)
Headquarters,
China
Area served
Worldwide
Key people

Dong Mingzhu (Chairwoman & President)
ProductsMajor appliances, Small appliances
OwnerGree Group (18.22%)
Websitewww.gree.com
Footnotes / references
[1]
Gree Electric Appliances Inc. of Zhuhai
Simplified Chinese珠海格力电器股份有限公司
Traditional Chinese珠海格力電器股份有限公司

Gree Electric Appliances Inc. of Zhuhai is a Chinese major appliance manufacturer headquartered in Zhuhai, Guangdong province. It is the world's largest residential air-conditioner manufacturer.[2] The Company offers two types of air conditioners: household air conditioners and commercial air conditioners. The company also produces electric fans, water dispensers, heaters, rice cookers, air purifiers, water kettles, humidifiers and induction cookers, among others products. It distributes its products in China and abroad under the brand name Gree.

History[edit]

Gree was established in Zhuhai, Guangdong, in 1989 under its former name of Zhuhai City Haili Cooling Engineering Company Limited (Chinese: 珠海市海利冷气工程股份有限公司). It was restructured and renamed Gree Electric Appliances Inc. of Zhuhai in 1994. The company started as a nameless factory with 200 employees and annual production of less than 20,000 units.[2]

It was listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 1996.[3] The company grew 47% in 2008, despite the global recession, booking $23 billion in contract sales.[2] The company is a multinational enterprise with 70,000 employees and annual production of 65.5 million units.[2] In April 2011, Gree announced that first-quarter net income rose 47 percent from a year earlier to 934.7 million Yuan.[4]

Products[edit]

Gree makes air-conditioners of all types[5] and small household appliances.

Management[edit]

Gree's Chairwoman is Dong Mingzhu—or "Sister Dong" as she is known in China.[1] She was appointed CEO in 2009.[citation needed] She joined the company in 1990.[citation needed] Dong was the chairwoman of the largest shareholder, Gree Group, until November 2016.[6] Gree Group was a subsidiary of Zhuhai Municipal People's Government (the local government of Zhuhai).

Shareholders[edit]

As of 31 December 2015, the largest shareholder of Gree Electric was Gree Group; it was followed by Hebei Jinghai Investment Guarantee (for 8.91%), China Securities Finance (for 2.99%), Central Huijin Investment (for 1.40%). UBS (for 1.21%), Foresea Life Insurance (for 1.14%), Yale University (for 0.95%), Hexie Health Insurance (for 0.80%), chairwoman Dong Mingzhu (for 0.73%) and a private equity fund (for 0.71%).[1]

In 2001 Gree Group owned a 50.289% stake in Gree Electric.[7] Gree Group was also the largest shareholder of Gree Real Estate (SSE: 600185) until 2015.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2015 Annual Report" (PDF). Gree Electric (in Chinese). Shenzhen Stock Exchange. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Businessweek.com. "[1]." Guangdong Visions: Forging China's Future. Retrieved on 2016-08-08.
  3. ^ Gree Electric Appliances Inc, of ZhuHai
  4. ^ "China Stocks: Air China, Chalco, Chengde Lolo, Gree Electric - Bloomberg". bloomberg.com. 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  5. ^ Brief Introduction Gree Official Site
  6. ^ 评论:董明珠股权没获得又丢掉了格力集团董事长 (in Chinese)
  7. ^ "2001 Annual Report" (PDF). Gree Electric (in Chinese). Shenzhen Stock Exchange. 15 March 2002. Retrieved 10 December 2016.

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