Germany-based interior car parts manufacturer Eissmann Automotive intends to invest up to €6.5m in a fresh expansion project at its production operation in north eastern Hungary.
The group’s national offshoot Eissmann Automotive Hungaria said it plans to construct a new production hall on a plot of land it acquired last year in the city of Nyíregyháza.
The new unit will be similar in size to its existing 16,000m2 plant, its chief executive Attila Böszörményi told the Hungarian news agency MTI.
Development of the new site is set to begin next year and be completed by 2019. The first construction stage will grow the local Eissmann base by a third. The latest investment is due to increase the workforce by 200 to around 1,100, the firm said.
At Nyíregyháza, the family owned group which is based in Bad Urach, Germany, began making components for automatic gear transmission controls for the vehicle manufacturers BMW and Opel. Today, the plant supplies interior parts for Volkswagen, Daimler, Audi, BMW and Mini as well as SEAT.
The existing production facility, which includes part injection moulding, was constructed in 2011 to replace Eissmann Automotive’s original national unit, launched in 1997, also located in Nyíregyháza.
Other components produced there include gear knobs and shift modules, handbrake controls, sleeves, interior trim, moulding, air bag covers and quality control panels.
Eissmann Automotive group’s Hungarian subsidiary saw its annual sales increase to €68.6m in the last year from €63.5m in 2015-16. However, its net profit stagnated at just over €5m.
The group, which has more than 13 plants on three continents and employs more than 5,000, generated an annual turnover worth €493m last year.