Miba is expanding it will create more jobs in Vráble

The Austrian company currently employs 700 people at its Vráble plant.

The Miba plant in Vráble. The Miba plant in Vráble. (Source: FB Miba Group)

It was 15 years ago when the Austrian company, Miba, built its plant in Vráble in the Nitra Region. At that time, it was its second plant in Slovakia, the Hospodárske noviny daily reported.

Following a growing number of orders, Miba has announced that it will invest €10 million in increasing its capacities, the HN daily wrote.

The local Miba Steeltec is part of the Miba Group division named Miba Friction. The Vráble plant specialises in the friction linings for gearboxes, axles, and brakes for construction machines, tractors, and mining equipment.

More jobs promised

The company is one of the most important investors in the city of Vráble, as its mayor Viktor Tóth confirmed. It has invested €200 million since its arrival to the Slovak market, €60 million of which has been spent on the Vráble plant. Miba currently employs 700 people there.

“The new investment will create 80 new jobs, including positions for specialised workers,” Miba Friction Group head Martin Liebl said, as quoted by Hospodárske Noviny.

These workers will find job in a new research and development centre, where they will analyse the properties of different materials and try to maximise their efficiency.

A struggle to find workers

Experts, however, agree that it may be a problem to find qualified staffers in the Nitra Region, where the average salary amounts to €1,284. Miba also admitted that this will not be easy, especially after Jaguar Land Rover built its plant in Nitra.

“The unemployment rate in the Nitra district is 1.99 percent, which is less than in districts surrounding the capital city,” Nikola Richterová of the Profesia.sk job portal told Hospodárske Noviny.

The entire Miba Friction employs 1,500 employees in six plants in Europe, India, the USA, and China.

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