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August 18, 2014

CZECH REPUBLIC: Skoda says factories running at full capacity

Skoda says its factories are running at full capacity after restarting after the annual summer break.

Skoda says its factories are running at full capacity after restarting after the annual summer break.

Production of the new Fabia will begin at the end of August and Skoda says the production plant in Mladá Boleslav has been upgraded for the new model.

A new engine centre in Cesana will open shortly, the VW-owned brand says.

“The new Fabia really does represent: small car, big on technology,” says Head of Production of Vehicles Marek Jancák. “More importantly we have expanded and technically updated important areas of the M1 assembly line in Mladá Boleslav,” says Jancák.

Skoda says that the Fabia factory has a new, extremely modern facility to configure new assistance systems. The paint shop has also, in some areas, been updated. During the factory holiday a total of 40 industrial engineering companies were at work in the company, Skoda said.

One of the priorities was to integrate the new Fabia engines into the production process. The new range of engines means that energy consumption on the new model has been reduced by up to 17% on the predecessor., Skoda claims. The new Fabia engines (four petrol, three diesel) meet EU6 standards and are fitted with Start-Stop System and brake energy recovery as standard.

The second assembly line in the Skoda parent plant has also been comprehensively updated, Skoda said. Skoda manufactures the Octavia and Rapid models on assembly line M13. In addition, the M13 production shop underwent an expansion of production capacity for driver assistance systems.

In addition, a lot of work has been carried out to the Kvasiny and Vrchlabí Skoda factories. Kvasiny is currently setting up a new body shop. During the factory holiday, the Vrchlabí plant used the time to carry out maintenance to the DQ 200 transmission production line.

In its report, Skoda said it put a total of 100 individual projects into effect across all 3 Czech factories (Mladá Boleslav, Kvasiny und Vrchlabí) during the August break. About 90 companies have been involved in the process.

Work on the new Skoda engine test centre in Cesana near Mladá Boleslav is nearing completion. It has been in pre-production phase since June and will be fully-operational from the beginning of September 2014. The manufacturer, jointly with Volkswagen, is investing over 34 million euros in the extension of its current technology and development centre. This is the largest development investment of a private company within the Czech Republic, Skoda adds.

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