Michigan Governor meets with Foxconn chairman on Chinese trade mission


CHINA (WJRT) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's nine-day trade mission to China included a visit with the chairman of Foxconn, an electronics manufacturing company

According to the Detroit News, Chinese media has reported Foxconn will build a research and development facility for autonomous vehicle components in Michigan.

Snyder's communications team has not confirmed the report, but did release a statement from the governor which included a picture with the chairman.

Foxconn recently announced it was building a $10 million plant in Wisconsin.

Here is the news release:

"I appreciate Chairman Gou's hospitality and was very impressed by what I learned about his vision for the future of Foxconn. We had a very productive dialogue about the importance of talent in manufacturing and the future of autonomous driving in addition to a tour of Foxconn's world class products and manufacturing facility."

"Michigan is where innovation happens. We are leading in mobility and the transformation of manufacturing, and the rest of the world is clearly taking note. I believe we have a strong future with Foxconn, and while I don't have an announcement to make today, I think there are very exciting things to come in the future."

"This visit was a great illustration of the growing relationship between Michigan and Guangdong, our sister province, as well as the growing partnership between Detroit and Shenzhen," Snyder said.