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Updates on production, innovation and investment in Slovakia's largest industry: automobile manufacturing

Jaguar Land Rover will ceremonially launch operations at its €1.4 bln Nitra plant next Thursday

Local trade unions and the carmaker have agreed on a wage rise even before the official launch of production.18. Oct 2018, at 23:25

The new Jaguar Land Rover plant in Nitra

Car industry supplier ZKW expands in Slovakia for €150 millionPhoto

This will be the largest and most cost-intensive expansion in the Austrian company's 80-year history.Compiled by Spectator staff, 9. Oct 2018, at 6:02

ZKW Slovakia in Krušovice, Slovakia

EC approved Slovakia’s investment aid for Jaguar Land Rover

Last May, the Commission started investigating this state aid, due to suspicions as to whether it fulfils European rules.Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. Oct 2018, at 13:16

Jaguar carmaker, illustrative stock photo

Czech Conrop opens new plant for production of big bags in TrebišovPhoto

Engineering companies Punch and ZF head to the industrial park in Detva.Compiled by Spectator staff, 3. Oct 2018, at 22:37

Czech company Conrop expands in Slovakia.

New Kia ProCeed revealed as ‘shooting brake’ estate

The car will be manufactured in Kia Motors’ only plant in Europe near Slovakia’s Žilina.Compiled by Spectator staff, 18. Sep 2018, at 13:51

New Kia ProCeed

Jaguar Land Rover will commence production in Nitra in the coming weeks

The production of one Land Rover Discovery car takes four days.Compiled by Spectator staff, 14. Sep 2018, at 5:58

JLR Training Academy in Nitra

Lithuanian minister: If the EU wants to progress, it cannot start with a debate on ethics

Lithuania has discovered new markets after adopting sanctions.Zuzana Kepplová10. Sep 2018, at 22:07

Virginijus Sinkievichus, Lithuanian Economy Minister

Jaguar Land Rover has increased the price of real estate in Nitra by tens of percent

The price of small apartments has almost doubled.Compiled by Spectator staff, 6. Sep 2018, at 23:41

The new Jaguar Land Rover plant in Nitra

Nitra-based Jaguar production halls have no air conditioning

Measurements show that the temperature limit has been exceeded.Compiled by Spectator staff, 27. Aug 2018, at 22:05

Jaguar Land Rover plant in Nitra

Minister: Introduction of tariffs on cars imported to the USA from the EU would be unfortunate

Analysts calculate a slight impact on Slovakia's economy based on the automotive industry but warn of a possible trade war.Compiled by Spectator staff, 23. Aug 2018, at 23:30

US president Donald Trump

Insiders indicate that Jaguar Land Rover in Nitra will start production on September 3

The first model to be manufactured will be the Land Rover Discovery.Compiled by Spectator staff, 20. Aug 2018, at 22:15

BMW will not come to Košice, opting for a Hungarian city instead

Slovakia was on the shortlist for BMW’s new plant, the Economy Ministry claims, while experts see more reasons than a lack of infrastructure behind this move.Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Jul 2018, at 22:48

MBW, illustrative stock photo

Car sales in Slovakia break records

The number of cars sold in Slovakia continued to increase in the first half of 2018.Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Jul 2018, at 13:37

Interior of Škoda Octavia, illustrative stock photo

Carmaker Kia uses a summer holiday shutdown for preparation of novelties

The Kia Sportage will be electrified and the second generation of Kia Cee’d will be replaced by a new version of the Ceed Sportswagon.Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Jul 2018, at 12:45

Kia Motors Slovakia

Volkswagen Slovakia suspended production for two weeks

After a traditional summer corporate holiday - focusing on maintenance and repairs, however, business-as-usual will be restored on July 30.Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Jul 2018, at 14:00

Illustrative stock photo

Volkswagen employees accuse management of discrimination against workers in its Martin plant

Unlike other VW plants in Slovakia, they do not receive compensation benefit for transport and accommodation.Compiled by Spectator staff, 16. Jul 2018, at 22:10

Volkswagen Slovakia in Bratislava.

Jaguar will need people from abroad for its plant in Slovakia

HR director Nicci Cook says that she sees women and the long-term unemployed as an untapped resource of the work force for the JLR plant in Nitra.Marek Poracky16. Jul 2018, at 13:14

Nicci Cook

Automotive suppliers will invest further millions in Slovakia

Companies apply for help from the state.Marek Poracký10. Jul 2018, at 10:14

One of the three carmakers already producing in Slovakia.

Swiss investor to bring 500 jobs to hungry valley in northern Slovakia

Mubea will manufacture car parts in Kežmarok Industrial Park.Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. Jun 2018, at 22:35

Kežmarok Mayor Ján Ferenčák, PM Peter Pellegrini, Mubea owner Thomas Muhr and Economy Minister Peter Žiga, from left, tapping the foundation stone of the brand new Mubea plant in Kežmarok Industrial Park.

First 500 jobseekers start training to work in automotive jobs

Neither labour offices nor the automotive industry dare to estimate to what extent the project will be successful.Compiled by Spectator staff, 21. Jun 2018, at 22:32