Chinese automotive interiors specialist expands production in Czech Republic

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Yanfeng Automotive Interiors has opened its new production plant in South Bohemia. The grand opening ceremony of the new production facilities in Planá nad Luznicí took place on Thursday, 8 June, in the presence of YFAI's global management, Czech political and public stakeholders and automotive industry representatives.

"As the market leader in global automotive interiors, we have very strong business growth now and in the future. We decided to further invest in our European locations and our manufacturing network in the Czech Republic,” said YFAI CEO Johannes Roters.

The plant will produce instrument panels and door panels for passenger cars. The company already has 170 employees on board at its new plant, and this number be increased up to 300 by the beginning of 2018.

Yanfeng said it is looking to recruit up to 500 new employees over the next few years.

Central Europe is already the location of several other YFAI sites: the company operates a Technical Centre in Trenčín, Slovakia, and, only weeks ago, opened the Automotive Business Centre in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. The company has a plant in Žatec, in the Czech Republic, for the manufacture of door panels, floor consoles and other automotive interior components, and production sites in Pápa, Hungary and Námestovo, Slovakia.

"With Planá nad Luznicí we have set up additional capacity to our existing production network with state-of-the-art technology in Eastern Central Europe. We will now gradually start to ramp up production and will be able to robustly start operations and mass production by early 2018," said Jochen Heier, YFAI Vice President & General Manager Europe & South Africa.

Guest of honour at Thursday’s opening ceremony was the Chinese Ambassador to the Czech Republic, H.E. Mrs MA Keqing.

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