Automotive and industrial component maker Schaeffler AG has reinforced its manufacturing base in Hungary as its local offshoot, FAG Magyarország Ipari Kft. launched a new €80m production hall in Debrecen.
This expansion of an existing operation in Hungary's second city involved the construction of a 22,000m2 “ultra-modern building” for the production of conical roller bearings for the auto industry.
Completion of the project, which was started in 2017, will enable FAG to increase the site production of new products by 50% and will lead to the creation of more than 500 jobs in the region by 2020.
This month, the German group inaugurated the new facility at a celebration, also marking Schaeffler group's 20th anniversary in Hungary, which was attended by guests including Hungary's Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Péter Szijjártó.
Currently, Schaeffler employs a 1,400-strong workforce in Debrecen, and since the group launched a business there in 1999, its present site, occupied since 2007, has grown to 122,000m2 with 58,000m2 of floor space.
The new production unit will enable Schaeffler, headquartered at Herzegenaurach near Nuremberg, Germany, not only to “fulfil an ever-increasing order book” but also confirm its place as one of the region's most significant employers, the group said.
“By expanding our Debrecen site, we are consistently building our customers' capabilities and manufacturing capacity in Eastern Europe,” commented Rainer Lindner, Schaeffler's head of Central and Eastern Europe/Middle East and Africa business.
Today, FAG in Debrecen manufactures 25 million tapered roller bearings and 500 million tapered rollers per year, according to its managing director Péter Szabó. The Hungarian operation also handles the manufacture of Schaeffler's E-mobility products.