Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Whirlpool to invest Sk3.5 billion in Slovakia over 12 years

WHITE-goods manufacturer Whirlpool Slovakia has invested some Sk3.5 billion (€86.5 million) in its 12 years of operation in Poprad in the Prešov region, upping its total output of automated washing machines to 1.5 million units, the news wire TASR wrote.

Last year the company added the production of the high-revolution Alliance and the front-loaded Delta models, transferred respectively from France and Germany, to its Tatry palette.

The moves created 400 new jobs and the construction of the new Prima factory, due to come on line near the end of this month.

Whirlpool aims to set up a global production centre of automated washing machines with an annual output of 2.5 million units a year. The 2004 business plan calls for upping the cumulative total to 1.8 million washing machines.

With other plans, including building a wastewater treatment complex and a factory producing metal parts, the company expects to create 200 jobs, 40 of them as early as in May. As in the past, however, the company faces problems with a lengthy and difficult land-buying process.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

In praise of concrete

It was once notorious for its drab tower blocks and urban crime, but Petržalka now epitomises modern Slovakia.

Petržalka is the epitome of communist-era architecture.

Slow down, fashion

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Blog: Exploring 20th century military sites in Bratislava

It seems to be the fate of military sites and objects in Bratislava that none of them were ever used for the purposes they were built for - cavernas from WWI, bunkers from WWII, nuclear shelters or the anti-aircraft…

One nuclear shelter with a capacity for several hundred people now serves as a music club with suitable name Subclub (formerly U-club).