International Automotive Components (IAC) is nearing the completion of work on its new €20m car parts manufacturing site at Opole in southern Poland.
A 27,000m2 premium vehicle dashboard production plant is being constructed in stages through this year and IAC, based in Luxembourg, has begun recruitment of some 500 workers for the unit.
Initially, the operation will turn out the ‘tailored’ dashboard units, IAC has said the plant has been designed to support future growth by supplying other interior products to vehicle manufacturers in the region.
It expects to serve OEMs setting up plants or already established in the region with operations between 100km and 450kms from its plant. Volvo will be one of the first customers of the Opole site.
The new site was due to begin production in the middle of this year and will ultimately employ a 550 strong workforce.
IAC will also establish its global Centre of Excellence on the central site, home to its 27th production plant in Europe.
The latest project is in line with a strategy of growth in the Eastern European market by the company, with its European business base in Düsseldorf, Germany. In July last year, IAC launched another plant in the Czech Republic.
Continual expansion by the group saw more growth further afield this year. In June, IAC inaugurated a new 2,415m2 development engineering facility in Pune, India to support the vehicle interior needs of domestic manufacturers such as Mahindra and Tata as well as global customer programmes. The unit is the company’s sixth site in the country.