German car interior parts producer KDK Automotive is understood to be planning to install 41 new injection moulding machines, doubling the current total operating at its plant in Tachov, Czech Republic.
This project is part of a significant expansion scheme proposed for the Czech site, including the construction of a new 10,000m2 site covering a production and warehousing hall, according to industry reports.
Details of the scheme are quoted from a plan submitted by the firm to the Czech environment authorities for formal approval. KDK aims to begin construction of the extension next year and intends to complete the project by 2022.
Wächtersbach, Germany-based KDK Automotive expects the plan will create 130 new jobs at the Tachov site where its Czech subsidiary KDK Automotive Czech, s.r.o already employs a 345-strong workforce.
Today, the 7,200m2 injection moulding and parts decorating plant turns out a range of interior car components such as dashboard, centre console systems and armrest modules. Main customers include Volkswagen, BMW and Opel.
Tachov's planned production hall is due to process 3,650 tonnes of plastic granulate a year taking the site's full capacity to 9,000 tpa.
KDK group's latest plan foresees an area of around 3,900m2 for both injection moulding and the warehouse along with 2,000m2 provided for product assembly. An additional 250m2 has been set aside for administration offices and social.
The Tachov plant, established in 2001, was formerly part of the American Key Plastics Group before Key Plastics Germany was acquired by Innovative Components Technologies GmbH. (ICT) in 2012. A year later, ICT was taken over by the South Korean car parts maker Dongkook Ind. Co. Ltd.
Dongkook, which also has a plant in China, acquired ICT to allow it to adopt innovative European technology in its quest to become a global components supplier. The group also makes air conditioning, lighting and exterior vehicle parts.
Today, KDK Automotive operates German plants at Wächtersbach, near Frankfurt and in the community of Lennestadt, in North Rhine-Westphalia along with another facility in Borja near Zaragoza in Spain.
KDK runs injection moulding lines from 20 to 2,300 tonnes clamping force, offering in mould decorating and in mould labelling processes, lacquered decorative elements and high-gloss decors.
It manufactures plastic parts for vehicle interiors such as cup holders, ashtrays, roof frame grab handles, storage compartments, boot lining and pillar trim.