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Kia launches production in Slovakia

CARMAKER Kia Motors Slovakia started serial production on December 7, 2006. At the same time, company officials announced that the plant would boost its annual engine production from the originally planned 300,000 to 600,000 units. The Kia plant near Žilina should supply a Hyundai car assembly plant that will be built in the neighboring Czech Republic.

According to Kia Motors Slovakia spokesman Dušan Dvořák, the company should start extending the capacity of the engine plant next year. Kia is still considering whether it will build a new engine plant or extend the existing one.

Engine production should hit full capacity in 2012.

The Žilina plant currently employs 1,500 people, which should increase to 2,000 at the end of next year. In 2010, when the plant is running at full capacity, it will have 3,000 employees and produce 300,000 cars per year.

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