The Hyundai Motor plant in the Czech Republic will launch three-shift operation ahead of schedule due to what the company called “constantly increasing demand” for its cars.

Third shift start was originally planned for 1 October but was brought forward to 19 September.

The plant, originally Europe’s source of the i30 (just redesigned), started production in 2008 with one shift.

Suppliers have had to boost shipments because cars – which now include the ix35 crossover, are produced on a just-in-time basis with minimal storage.

HMMC hired 800 new employees for the third shift and suppliers took on 1,200.

Hyundai and suppliers now employ 10,000 people in the Moravian-Silesian region.