A French automotive components moulder and its US-owned parts supplier are teaming up under the same roof at a single Czech Republic plant in a rare example of super efficient industrial integration.
Groupe Plastivaloire, a producer of plastic interior and exterior car parts, and Filtration Group are set to manufacture vehicle gearbox oil pans, incorporating a filter, in line at a new purpose-built industrial unit at Nýřany near the western Czech city of Pilsen.
Industrial zone developer Panattoni Europe is currently constructing a 16,000m2 production hall in the first phase of the project for its joint tenants at the Panattoni Park Pilsen West in Nýřany. The development is due to create initially 115 new jobs.
Initially, Plastivaloire’s moulded pan production is scheduled to occupy 9,000m2 of the new plant and create 70 jobs while Filtration will have a 45-strong workforce and take up an area of 7,000m2 there.
This tightly integrated operation, injection moulder Plastivaloire’s first plant in the Czech Republic, promises to result in significant time, energy, logistics and environmental savings.
“Transactions like this are very rare,” said Pavel Sovička, Panattoni Europe’s managing director for Slovakia and Czech Republic.
“We managed to find a common solution for both the manufacturer and its supplier ... Compared to the usual situation, where successive operations are divided by a distance of, for example, 10km, annually it saves 10,000km alone on freight transport.”
Langeais, France-based Plastivaloire’s first Czech production facility will “fill the free space on the map of Central Europe” for the group, said the firm which already runs
“Thanks to the favourable geographical location, excellent transport infrastructure and immediate cooperation with Filtration Group, a very efficient supply centre for German car makers will be created,” declared Plastivaloire’s investment and industrial processes director Pascal Flieg.
Filtration Group, headquartered in Austin, Texas in the US, is a major supplier of filtration solutions for the automotive industry. Its Filtran subsidiary, based in Des Plaines, Illinois in the US, specialises in auto transmission oil filter products and has a manufacturing unit in Morsbach, Germany.
Filtration Group’s focus on sustainable development is demonstrated through a policy of jointly operating plants elsewhere with its customers under one roof. This has led to the group saving about 120 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, it said.
“Today’s motto is produce, not only ecologically but also smartly - flexibly, automatically and efficiently. We have experience with ‘Industry 4.0’ from our operations in the world, so we are considering implementation of this concept in the new hall in Panattoni Park Pilsen West in future,” said group senior vice president supply chain Bennett West.
The industrial zone close to Pilsen offers development space for companies along with good transport infrastructure, a high-quality engineering base, a local university and close proximity to Germany, according to Panattoni.
Its park in Nýřany has already attracted several other major international companies including another automotive components manufacturer IAC Group.