Rapid growth prompts Gealan Formteile to expand Hungary autoparts plant

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Rapid growth at auto components moulder Gealan HungaryPlast Kft. has prompted its German parent Gealan Formteile GmbH. to bring forward major investment at the Hungarian operation.

In a project to extend both production and storage space at the Gealan HungaryPlast plant at Székesfehérvár in central Hungary, the company is building a 5,000m2 production hall – the size of a football field, reports the group.

The manufacturing site, started up originally in June 2014, has already seen the results of significant investment in its injection moulding machines of up to 1,000 tonnes clamping force. By the end of this year, the number of machines there is set to increase to 25, Gealan stated.

To date, all of the group’s core competencies from injection moulding to heat element, vibration welding, polyurethane sealing foams and assembly have been carried out within the existing 10,000m2 plant area.

“We achieved our goal of significantly expanding our market position and continuing to grow in a sustainable way. However, the huge hall that was empty in 2014, is now bursting at the seams making expansion imperative,” explained Gealan which is based in Oberkotzau, Germany.

Cooperation with the tier 1 German vehicle front-end module supplier HBPO has seen demand for the output of the Székesfehérvár facility grow even stronger. Gealan is now involved in providing plastic parts for more automotive projects.

Gealan is currently involved in supplying parts in four projects for HBPO including for the Porsche Cayenne E3, Daimler MFA 2, Audi Q3 and Audi PHEV models. Almost 50 moulds were ordered or nominated with a value of €6.5m, according to Gealan late last year.

The Hungarian Gealan offshoot is also producing additional parts for automotive entertainment systems for another tier 1 industry supplier. As well as making bass boxes, Gealan HungaryPlast is now responsible for integration of speakers and final ‘sound check’ of the system, reported the group.

“We are excited about the favourable order situation and the newly acquired projects. Together with our customers, we look forward to accepting this new challenge and continuing our highly successful collaboration ,” said Gealan about its Hungary operation.

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