Austrian tile maker Tondach on Friday inaugurated a HUF 15 billion ($65.8 million) plant -- Europe’s biggest and most modern tile plant -- in Békéscsaba (southeast Hungary).
Part of the cost of the plant was covered by a HUF 500 million grant from the New Hungary Development Plan, Hungary’s framework for paying out EU development funding.
The 25,000-square-meter plant has a capacity to turn out an annual 30 million roof tiles and 3 million profile tiles, or enough to cover an area of 3 million square meters. The plant will employ 60 people.
The plant’s 235-meter tunnel kiln is the longest in the world, said Aladár Kató, who heads Tondach’s unit in Hungary. Tiles made in Békéscsaba will go not only to the Hungarian market, but to Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia, he added.
Tondach has invested €150 million in Hungary since it entered the country in 1992. (MTI-Econews)