Valeo has announced a new manufacturing facility for Poland. The new lighting systems manufacturing plant will take the total number of Valeo production facilities in the country to five when it opens at the end of 2004.

The greenfield facility of over 20,000 square metres could employ up to 600 people at full capacity. Located in Chrzanow next to the country’s largest motorway, the facility is being constructed principally to supply lighting systems for a large-volume contract won by Valeo last year and will also supply a number of other vehicle manufacturers in Europe as well as the aftermarket.

The plant, which is ideally located near key customers’ facilities in the region, will be equipped with new manufacturing equipment. With future product development activities planned, the facility will also employ a predominantly Polish management team.

Valeo recently constructed two new facilities in Poland, one in Skawina producing wiper systems and one in Czechowice Dziedzice manufacturing starters and alternators.

In current construction on a greenfield site, the 11,000-square-metre facility in Skawina will open later this year to produce wiper systems for vehicle manufacturers and aftermarket customers. The facility located next to Valeo’s existing plant producing engine cooling systems, will transfer all production from the company’s other wiper systems manufacturing site in Zielonki. At full capacity, this plant can employ around 500 people.

As part of its aftermarket activities, in August 2002 Valeo opened a plant in Czechowice Dziedzice which manufactures starters and alternators. This plant currently employs around 100 people.
Now employing currently around 1700 people in Poland, Valeo opened its first production site in the country in 1996 and currently has four in operation, two in Czechowice, one producing wiring harnesses and one re-manufacturing starters and alternators; one in Zielonki producing wiper systems and one in Skawina manufacturing engine cooling systems, the latter being the largest in both size and turnover. In addition to these, Valeo has one sales centre in Warszawa to support the company’s aftermarket activities.