Leading Croatia car parts moulder AD Plastik has announced plans to increase its workforce at one of its plants in Zagreb, Croatia to handle growing production demand.
Later this year, the firm, based at Solin on Croatia’s Dalmatia coast, intends to take on 150 more employees at its injection moulding plant in the Croatian capital Zagreb.
In the past year, AD Plastik has attracted a rush of new car component orders for the European market from a range of big name automotive groups.
The latest plant expansion was prompted by the start of serial production of parts required for the Renault’s Clio 5 model, along with the launch of serial output of components for the new subcompact SUV Ford Puma being assembled by Ford in Craiova, Romania, local media reported.
Initially, AD Plastik was seeking qualified candidates for vacancies in Zagreb including toolmakers, electricians, production workers and forklift drivers. But, the company was prepared to hire foreign workers for certain posts if it was unable to find enough qualified staff in Croatia, according to human resources executive Mira Pavic.
Meanwhile, AD Plastik revealed it has won major orders, largely from Renault offshoots and Volkswagen, worth nearly €118m in Russia.
In July, the moulder signed contracts worth €71.4m to produce and supply components for the Renault-Nissan-AvtoVAZ alliance.
This deal will see AD Plastik develop and mould more than 80 car components for the new Renault Logan and Renault Sandero models. The cars, representing the third generation of the vehicles, are to be manufactured at the AvtoVAZ assembly plant in Togliatti, south western Russia.
Components to be supplied include bumper parts, rocker panels, mudguards and under hood engine covers with serial production set to begin in the second quarter of 2021. The project is due to last eight years, according to AD Plastik.
It recalled that earlier versions of the Logan and Sandero were among the 20 best selling cars in Russia and the new models are expected to sell around 140,000 per year.
AD Plastik operates two component injection moulding and thermoforming plants in Russia, at Kaluga, south of Moscow and at Vintai, Samara near to Togliatti. At Vintai, it operates nine injection lines from 400 – 1,600 ton clamping force and also has extrusion lines.
Last month, the parts moulder also announced it had secured another set of supply deals in Russia, together amounting to €46.5m for various car models.
The bulk of this business, €24m, represents work for Renault-Nissan-AvtoVAZ on parts for a new model of its Lada Granta, also being produced at the Togliatti vehicle plant. AD Plastik will make headliners, vehicle chassis covers, mud flaps and rear bumper covers at its Vintai facility.
A further €12m contract to supply headliners for the group’s Logan and Sandero cars was sealed recently. Serial production for these latest orders is set to commence in the second and third quarters of 2021 with an estimated eight year project duration.
Meanwhile, the Croatian automotive supplier has added work for its Kaluga plant with a €10.5m deal to provide Volkswagen with trunk trim for its VW Tarek and Skoda Karoq models. Serial production is planned for the end of next year in a seven year project, reported AD Plastik.