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July 13, 2016

No summer hols for Skoda factory overhaulers

Škoda is using three weeks of production downtime in July to carry out extensive maintenance and modernization of three Czech production sites.

Škoda is using three weeks of production downtime in July to carry out extensive maintenance and modernization of three Czech production sites.

Eighty production shops covering almost five hundred workstations at the Mladá Boleslav, Kvasiny and Vrchlabí plants will be serviced. The focus will be on getting ready for the start of Kodiaq production in Kvasiny, installing a new press line at the main plant in Mladá Boleslav, and optimising several processes at the high-tech Vrchlabí plant.

The factory holiday started on 4 July and will last until 22 July 2016 depending on the production site.

Also, at the brand's home plant, the automatic miniload warehouse (AKL) is being expanded to make the logistics processes even more efficient and flexible in view of the ever-growing variety of products. In addition, optimisation activities will concentrate on the robotic automation of the production processes along with the preparations for boosting digital manufacturing.

Car and component production capacities will be expanded thanks to the targeted elimination of existing bottlenecks. At the plants in Mladá Boleslav and Kvasiny the production volume is 3,000 cars per day. In Vrchlabí, where the DQ-200 dual-clutch gearbox is manufactured, the daily production capacity is 2,000 units; while in Mladá Boleslav, up to 3,000 manual transmissions and over 2,000 engines are produced every day.

Škoda has brought in approximately 1,000 employees and external service suppliers to complete the projects during the factory downtime.

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