Volkswagen Slovakia is the oldest and biggest carmaker in Slovakia. Its Bratislava factory assembles VW Touareg, Audi Q7 and Škoda Octavia models, and makes bodyshells for the Porsche Cayenne. It employed 7,800 people at the end of 2008. Its production in 2009 is estimated to have been 106,000 units. The company also operates in Martin, where it manufactures gearboxes and gearbox components. Between 1991, when it was established in Slovakia, and 2008 the company’s aggregate investment totalled €1.5 billion. The company has not yet revealed the amount it invested in 2009.
PSA Peugeot Citroën Slovakia
The PSA Peugeot Citroën Slovakia car plant near Trnava is the most technologically advanced in the entire PSA Peugeot Citroën group. Three years after the foundation stone was laid at the greenfield site, production of the Peugeot 207 model was launched there in June 2006. During the first quarter of 2009 the plant began making a second model, the Citroën C3 Picasso, which is produced exclusively in Slovakia. Its annual production capacity is 300,000 cars and it employs over 3,000 people. Last year it manufactured 203,732 units. The so-far aggregate investments amount to €800 million.
Kia Motors Slovakia
Kia Motors Slovakia is the most recent carmaker to arrive in Slovakia and the South Korean manufacturer’s only plant in Europe. Its greenfield plant in Teplička nad Váhom, near Žilina, was built between 2004 and 2006. Its annual production capacity is 300,000 cars and it employs over 2,800 people. The plant makes the Kia cee’d model in three versions and two types of SUV: the Kia Sportage and the Hyundai ix35. Last year it made over 150,000 units. Since Kia’s arrival in Slovakia its aggregate investment has amounted to €1 billion.
Source: companies, SITA
22. Mar 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff