Norwegian car components maker Kongsberg Automotive has invested around €35m to launch its third plant in Poland bringing its total workforce in the country to more than 2,000.
Its latest facility, opened last month in the industrial zone of Brześć Kujawski, northwest of Warsaw, will produce vehicle fuel and air ducts and heating mats for car seats, according to the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH).
Based in Kongsberg, Norway, the investor produces a wide range of vehicle parts in areas ranging from interior comfort and driver controls to truck anti roll bars and engine coolant systems.
The group’s tubing products include a range of specialised PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) pipes used for automotive applications as well as the chemical process and other industrial sectors.
Kongsberg’s Polish subsidiary has already hired a labour force numbering 800 to work at the new facility at Brześć Kujawski (also known as Kuyavian-Brest) and this number is expected to increase to 1,000 when all the production lines have started up.
The Norwegian supplier set up its first operation in Poland in the year 2000 when it launched production at Pruszków just outside Warsaw. Sixteen years later the firm established a second plant in Koluszki, east of the city of Łódź.
It was back in May last year that Kongsberg Automotive took the decision to add a third production facility in the country. Today, it operates 25 manufacturing plants worldwide and generates annual group revenues of around €1.1 billion.