MAN has officially opened a new assembly plant for heavy trucks in Niepolomice near Krakow in Poland.
The new plant will build MAN heavy trucks with gross weights over 16 tons, mostly from the TGA WW range. The first pre-series vehicles rolled off the production line in the summer. The OEM notes that the facility, which has now begun series production with its current workforce of 400, will have produced up to 4,000 trucks by year end. The plant is designed for a production capacity of up to 15,000 trucks in a single-shift operation. By mid-2010, the company plans to employ at least 650 people at the new facility.
“We are assuming that above all, the markets in Eastern Europe and the CIS will be growing at above-average rates. And we want to share in this growth,” Lars Wrebo, director of Production at MAN Group notes. The trucks to be built in Niepolomice are to meet the demand from these regions. Components such as axles, cabs and engines will be supplied from a network of production plants in Germany and Austria. The new truck plant is the company’s third facility in Poland. Its bus building operations are located in Starachowice and Poznan. (automotiveworld.com)