Hungarian car manufacturers look to boost business

Parliament

The auto manufacturing business in Hungary may be booming, but there is reason to be concerned about the shortage of skilled workers, according to car makers and suppliers who attended a national business development committee meeting yesterday, online news portal napi.hu reports. 

Representatives of Magyar Suzuki Zrt., and Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft., and Opel Szentgotthárd Kft. were in attendance among others, and apart from sharing stories of their success they also emphasized the importance of dual training to increase the number of skilled workers in the industry.

Committee vice-chairman János Volner of the far-right Jobbik party pointed out that it was in the interest of all parties to create a viable profit outlook and predictable legal framework for manufacturers, while Fidesz’s Kristóf Szatmáry spoke about the government’s aim to decrease the gap between Austrian and Hungarian wages in the sector.

The government plans to use non-EU funds to boost the output of Hungary’s car-manufacturing sector and increase the industry’s share in the domestic economy, Béla Glattfelder from the Ministry of National Economy added. Secretary of State László Szabó said that the sector is responsible for 4.2% of GDP and expects a 23% output increase within a year and a 16% increase in employment from the previous year. Of total car production, 93% is exported and accounts for 20% of total Hungarian exports, Glattfelder added.

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