DaimlerChrysler has received approval from the Chinese government to build a new van plant in the country.

Dpa-AFX news reported that the new factory will built the Sprinter, Vito and Viano models in Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian province, from the start of 2009. The plant will have an annual capacity of around 40,000 units.

The facility will be owned by a joint venture between DaimlerChrysler, the Taiwanese vehicle assembler China Motor Corporation and the state-owned Chinese company, Fujian Motor Industry Group. Called DaimlerChrysler Vans China (DCVC), the joint venture was first established over a year ago.

DaimlerChrysler recently started building the E-Class in Beijing, at a new plant with joint venture partner Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation. BeijingBenz-DaimlerChrysler Automotive (BBDC) has built a new plant in the south east of the city with an annual production capacity for up to 25,000 Mercedes-Benz and 80,000 Chrysler cars.