In a major strategic move to increase its local production in eastern Europe, Röchling Automotive has started up a new production plant in Kočovce in the north-western district of Nové Mesto nad Váhom, Slovakia.
Spanning 10,000 square metres, the new plant will employ approximately 80 people to produce active grille shutters, underbody panels, wheel arch liners and air filters for global automotive manufacturers including Daimler, Jaguar Land Rover and PSA.
The new unit, according to Dr. Hanns-Peter Knaebel, CEO of Röchling Automotive, allows the company to “divide activities” between its operations in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and further optimise its processes.
Built on a plot of 50,000 square metres, the facility includes a production area, a warehouse, technical areas and office space, Röchling announced 23 July.
Production at the new plant mainly focuses on the circulating capital - work in progress (WIP) parts – for other Röchling Automotive production plants, according to plant manager Vladimír Lopušniak.
The company selected the location due to its strategic proximity to Daimler, Jaguar Land Rover and PSA production facilities in Hungary or Slovakia, Lopušniak added.