Auto seating and interiors specialist Adient, which last year announced the closure of one of its six sites in Slovakia, now intends to expand another of the units there.
The US-owned group plans to invest €3.5m to extend its foam parts production and assembly plant at Lučenec in south-central Slovakia with the promised creation of around 105 new jobs by the end of 2019.
Adient Slovakia sro., headquartered in the Slovak capital Bratislava, is seeking state financial aid amounting to €1.15m towards the proposed expansion project in a region of Slovakia officially considered one of the country’s least developed.
Almost a year ago, Adient’s Slovak subsidiary revealed that it would shut down its car seating plant at Lozorno in the far west of the country with the loss of 250 jobs. This followed Adient’s loss of a Volkswagen car seating contract to French rival parts supplier Faurecia.
Faurecia had earlier launched its own seating production for VW’s Audi Q7 car model at a newly leased facility outside Bratislava. The Adient closure was due to take place by this June.
Adient Slovakia operates another plant making seat systems and fabrics at Žilina in the country’s north east as well as a technical centre in the northern town of Trenčín and a business centre in Bratislava. It increased its technical centre workforce by 100 to 500 last year to help meet growing market demand.
Also in 2017, Adient saw expansion in Europe’s Balkans region with the launch of a €17m 12,500m2 car seat covers plant in Strumica, in the south east of Macedonia. The long planned scheme led to an initial workforce on 1,300.
The leading global car seating manufacturer is the result of a 2016 business spin off from the US components giant Johnson Controls after its merger with Tyco International based in Cork, Ireland. Adient group is now based in Plymouth, Michigan in the US.