SK C&C ( announced on April 24 that it joined forces with YunFeng Auto Sales, based in Shanghai, China, to found joint venture corporation ShangHai YunFeng Encar Used Car Sales Services LTD.

This joint venture is seen as the first signal to spread SK Encar’s reputation as a symbol of customer reliance into the China’s used car market.

If the used car business initiative in Shanghai, China, makes a successful project, it will provide momentum for entrance into not only the rest of China but also the markets of Southeast Asia and the neighboring regions.

SK C&C and YunFeng Auto Sales are investing a combined total of RMB 10 million into the venture. SK C&C Cengdu and YunFeng Auto Sales will own 49 percent and 51 percent of the corporation respectively, with its CEO appointed from SK C&C.

The foundation of the corporation will be completed by May, and it will launch and operate 2 to 3 used vehicle dealers in Hongkou and Jinshan.

SK C&C and YunFeng Auto Sales plan to develop this joint venture corporation into China’s best and most innovative used car business, based on the auto services content, business models and trained personnel secured by both companies.

YunFeng Auto Sales, which is an auto sales arm of China’s state-owned auto and energy enterprise Shanghai YunFeng Group posting annual revenue of KRW 12 trillion, sells auto parts and provides auto repair and information services through its 14 retailers in the Shanghai region, reporting KRW 800 billion in annual revenue with excellent brand awareness and consumer confidence.

ShangHai YunFeng Encar Used Car Sales Services LTD. will start its used car sales operation offline in conjunction with its existing auto sales businesses, forming a complete lifecycle of automotive business for YunFeng Auto Sales. The newly founded corporation plans to establish a differentiated trust-based used vehicle business model, using SK Encar’s automotive diagnostics services and know-how.



China’s used vehicle market is known to be entering its initial growth stage.

The Chinese auto market, the world’s largest with nearly 20 million new cars sold, is reporting only 6 million use car sales. Compared to the developed economies where used car sales volumes are usually 1.5 to 2 larger more than new-car sales, China’s used car market has the potential to grow into an enormous market of over 4,000 cars sold per year. Fully acknowledging the importance of the used car market, world’s major auto manufacturers, such as Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, and General Motors, are entering the market one after another with their own brands. However, the market in China is so far considered a notorious lemon market where consumers tend to shun because of lack of systematic diagnostics systems and varying prices.

Through the newly formed joint venture corporation, SK C&C plans to engage in protecting interests of consumers in China by improving market reliability, stamping out false advertising, and securing price transparency using the SK Encar business model. To do so, SK Encar is developing its already proven top-notch vehicle diagnostics system further to suit China’s market landscape to alleviate the mistrust the consumers have toward the used car market.

Senior Vice President Park Sung-cheol, head of SK C&C’s Encar Business Division, said “Through this strategic partnership with YunFeng Auto Sales, we will secure the number one spot in China’s auto sales industry, which will be much more respected and trusted by the consumers, and we will use SK Encar and its brand as a leverage to raise it into the most trusted and relied upon company in the global auto sales market.”

Meanwhile, SK C&C is accelerating its expansion of its reach in the global market both on- and off-line by founding on-line auto distribution corporation SK in conjunction with Australia’s





President & CEO Chung Chul-khil of SK C&C ( embarks on a broader global expansion. In the opening weeks of the year, Chung chose China as the destination of his first business trip to practice MBWA, or Management by Wandering Around.


“Whereas, self-management will be securely in place for SK C&C’s domestic business operations, I will personally attend to global and non-IT operations, driving tangible results,” said Chung at this year’s kick-off meeting, firing up global management. With the Lunar New Year holidays only days ahead, he was in China from Jan. 21-23, visiting local SK C&C offices in Beijing, Shenyang and Shenzhen.




Chung and local staffers engaged in in-depth discussions on business statuses, market trends and plans for new businesses. During the discussions, Chung shared the company’s growth through structural innovations and successes experienced at SK C&C headquarters, and he stressed the importance of qualitative growth and change through structural innovations at the offices of SK C&C China. He further discussed the ways to have IT service businesses and non-IT businesses – such as mobile commerce, smart card businesses and EnCar business – firmly established in China as they are in Korea, to produce visible results through structural innovations within a short period of time.


Chung emphasized, “We must localize SK C&C’s many successful business models and diverse core competencies while steadily strengthening partnerships with local firms for tangible business gains.”


SK C&C is seeking new business opportunities in smart-card areas, following the establishment of various mobile commerce environments designed for China’s unique market landscape by taking part in China Unicom’s mobile wallet system establishment in October 2013. The company is also studying the market thoroughly to seek more opportunities thorough non-IT and EnCar businesses.



One of the SK C&C staffers at the discussion said, “SK C&C must invest continuously and seek business opportunities more aggressively in the non-IT areas for the company’s sustainable growth.” He also said, “Company’s global operations, including China, will gain momentum as the CEO himself is commanding the global non-IT operations.”


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