Auto filters specialist Hengst opens new €15m Polish plant

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Automotive filtration specialist Hengst Group has officially unveiled a new €15.5m manufacturing plant in southern Poland to produce vehicle fluid management modules.

The 10,000m2 facility was inaugurated recently in the town of Gogolin, close to Opole to meet growing demand for the German company’s products. It will eventually provide employment for a 110-strong workforce, Hengst said.

Already, 25 employees are working there with the injection moulding machines and assembly lines on the firm’s current parts projects for multinational automotive manufacturers. 

The latest Hengst manufacturing unit, located in the Katowice Special Economic Zone, is its sixteenth plant worldwide, with others located across four continents. It also operates a plant at Gostyń in central Poland.

"Our global network of production sites brings us close to our customers, and the new factory in Poland will of course boost our production capacity," stated Jens Röttgering, Hengst Group board chairman at the opening ceremony.

"With the global networking of our locations, we are in the truest sense of the word [able] to meet our customers. The new plant in Poland is an important reinforcement of our worldwide production capacities," the chairman declared.

Münster, Germany-based Hengst reports full order books and plans to grow its global workforce by another 600 people over the next five years. The company employs around 3,000 at 16 operations worldwide.

Hengst puts its success to date down to having a consistent strategy combined with major investments in research and development projects. Apart from the dominant automotive market, its filtration concepts are also used in sectors including agriculture, the navy, for cleaning appliances and in domestic and professional electric tools.

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