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Korean supplier Hyundai Mobis targets European markets with Czech lamps plant

By: Richard Higgs, Plastics News Europe

31 October 2017

Global auto components maker Hyundai Mobis Co. recently launched the mass production of head and rear car lamps at its newly completed €966m European plant in Mošnov, close to Ostrava, Czech Republic.
The car parts offshoot of South Korean automotive giant Hyundai-Kia is set to manufacture 750,000 headlamps and the same number of tail lights annually at the 54,000m2 operation, intended to serve the parent group’s nearby Nošovice assembly plant.
But Mobis expects this major investment at the heart of Europe will also help it attract new lighting business from other automakers in the region. 
Headlamps manufactured at Mošnov are now assembled as front-end modules at the plant and at a Mobis Slovakian facility, while tail lamps are being delivered directly to final assembly plants. Lights will also be channelled to after-sale markets and to local distribution centres in Slovakia.
Prior to completion of the Czech operation, it took more than a month to ship lamps produced at the Mobis plant at Gimcheon in South Korea to Hyundai-Kia via Slovenia putting pressure on vehicle production in Europe.
Today, Mobis Automotive Czech produces three major modules supplying them to Hyundai in Nošovice employing the JIS (just in sequence) system using conveyor tunnels for this process.
“We will make our Czech plant a production base specialising in core auto components for Europe and, through an aggressive sales operation on this base, we will solidify our position in Europe,” commented Jeon Yong-duk, executive vice president of Hyundai Mobis’s auto component division earlier this year.
The new plant is located on a 190,000m2 industrial site in the Mošnov development zone which is on the outskirts of Ostrava in the Moravian-Silesian region of eastern Czech Republic.
Seoul, South Korea-based Hyundai Mobis is already supplying vehicle lamps to a number of automotive manufacturers around the world including Volkswagen, Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Mazda and Subaru.
Around the world, the parts supplier operates car lighting plants in Mexico, where it also has a module unit, and in China where, among several component facilities, Mobis runs a lamp production plant in Jiangsu.