Production of ID and bank cards in Nitra ends

Around 370 people will be dismissed due to the closure of the Nitra-based Giesecke+Devrient plant.

Payment cards were produced in Nitra, illustrative stock photo. Payment cards were produced in Nitra, illustrative stock photo. (Source: AP/SITA)

The German company Giesecke + Devrient, which produces banknotes, security cards, payment cards, ID cards and passports, will close its Slovak plant in Nitra.

The company announced the decision on November 30, the Sme daily wrote. The closure of the plant will impact the 370 employees who work there. The company noted it will offer them jobs in its other plants around Europe, or financial compensation. Furthermore, they also wish to help employees find jobs within the Nitra Region.

“We understand that our decision to close the plant in Nitra will impact our employees and their families,” said CEO of G+D Mobile Security, Lars Hoppe, as quoted by Sme. “Thus, we are ready to offer them all necessary collaboration in order to help them get through this change as seamlessly as possible.”

The German company is closing the Slovak plant due to the development in global production of cards. This procedure is part of the optimisation of the network of production plants.

In no way will the closure negatively impact customers, as the cards will be delivered from other plants still in operation. Slovak ID cards will not be impacted, either, as the Interior Ministry has a framework contract with Giesecke+Devrient Slovakia – the trade representation that will deliver the cards from a different plant.

The specific date of closure has not been published by the company as the layoffs and the disassembly of the production technologies will come in several phases, depending on how orders and production develop.

The Nitra plant of Giesecke+Devrient produces payment cards, fair copies of ID cards and professional chip cards along with SIM cards for mobile operators.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Triple coalition PS/Spolu/Za Ľudí? Not for now

Kiska said no, but there are talks about a broader pre-election coalition across opposition parties.

Left to right: Igor Matovič (OĽaNO), Ondrej Dostál (OKS), Richard Sulík (SaS), Miroslav Beblavý (Spolu), Michal Truban (PS), Andrej Kiska (Za Ľudí), Alojz Hlina (KDH)

Judge steps down for exchanging messages with Kočner

Several people have resigned after appearing in the Threema communication so far.

David Lindtner

Prosecutor brings charges against Kočner in the Kuciak murder case

Apart from Kočner, three other people were formally charged.

Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová were commemorated in Bratislava on August 26.

Blog: AI and Slovakia: Labor costs to become less important

Which policy challenges and risks will AI bring to converging economies, such as Slovakia? Vladimir Zlacký, Founder of LookingEast.eu, offers an interesting answer.