THE SONY electronics firm is to build a Sk1.8 billion factory for making TV sets in Nitra, about 40 kilometres from its existing plant in Trnava in western Slovakia.
The factory will employ about 3,800 people. Construction should begin this year, while production should start in August 2007. The facility will start with making LCD sets and gradually include the manufacture of video equipment.
While the company has declined to comment on the investment until it is officially announced today at the Government Office, Vlado Kalina, the head of the Slovak Electro-Technical Industry, said Sony would have no problem finding employees near Nitra.
“They will find plenty of available labour in the vicinity, and will benefit especially from the former employees of the Tesla Vrable [bankrupt electronics plant],” Kalina said.
Sony has so far invested Sk1.6 billion in its plant in Trnava, which it built in 1996.
The Samsung company is also looking at nearby Galanta as the location of a further Sk15 billion investment in building a factory for LCD panels. The firm already makes LCD and plasma TV sets at its existing Galanta plant, along with computer monitors and printers, and DVD and MP3 players.
The Sony investment represents a success for Nitra after its failure to land major investments by Dell and LG Electronics, both of which chose Poland instead.