They’re not only snapping up foreign brands, but the Chinese are out to get bright foreign talent as well. It has been reported that two state-owned Chinese automakers started recruiting talent in Germany last week to satisfy their expanding operations. They are BAIC and Dongfeng.

BAIC said that Han Yonggui, president of Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corp, led a delegation to Germany on May 19. The team organised job fairs in cities such as Stuttgart, Munich and Aachen to recruit 60 to 100 engineers and engineering students.

The other company, Dongfeng Motor Group Co. held an event Friday in the home city of BMW to recruit ethnic Chinese engineers working in Germany. Led by Dongfeng’s passenger vehicle unit chief, Li Shaozhu, the drive attracted more than 50 ethnic Chinese engineers, according to the company.

This is the first time they’ve gone hunting in Germany, but companies like BAIC and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp (SAIC) have organised similar events in Detroit, USA before. Besides their JV business with foreign brands, BAIC, Dongfeng and SAIC have launched their own brands and models, and are aggressively pursuing growth.