Nexteer has formed a new team to oversee the closer integration of the electric power steering specialist's manufacturing operations in Poland.

The company has appointed Rafal Wyszomirski as managing director of its Polish operations. Previously manager of Nexteer's Tychy plant, Wyszomirski will now also have responsibility for operations at the company's Gliwice production facility.

Earlier this year Nexteer announced it will invest more than EUR50m (US$65m) at its plants in Poland to support the launch of three substantial new programmes during the course of the next three years. Wyszomirski will lead a team appointed to facilitate closer integration of the two plants' operations that will support further improvements in quality, capacity, and throughput.

"Nexteer's commitment to continuously improve the quality of electric power steering is driving our company's growth," said Wyszomirski.

"Closer working relationships between our plants in Tychy and Gliwice will create new synergies in our operations and will facilitate the exchange of skills and competencies between employees at both sites."

To support the plans, Nexteer Automotive Poland has created six other new positions that consolidate responsibilities at the two sites. Ewa Przybylinska-Pietrzyk, previously human resources manager at the Tychy plant, has been appointed human resources director for Nexteer Automotive Poland. Artur Plachta is the director in charge of new launches.

Nexteer has named Ryszard Iskra as the company's new technical director for its Polish operations. Nexteer Gliwice plant director, Wojciech Brzegowy, has become production support director for Poland.

Pawel Halota has been named as Nexteer Poland's quality director and Andrzej Jedowski has been given the position of logistics director.