VW-Group owned Skoda is modernising its Kvasiny production site and adding a new ‘competence centre’. The car manufacturer now combines a testing and quality centre, a logistics training centre, an event hall and storage areas for pre-series vehicles at the multifunctional facility.

The production site is also establishing a new electricity distribution network and charging stations for electric vehicles. Production of the Skoda Superb plug-in hybrid is also to be launched in Kvasiny in 2019.

Skoda says its Kvasiny plant is currently undergoing the most comprehensive modernisation and expansion in its history.

“Our investments and the opening of the new, multifunctional competence centre are the next big step in consistently and sustainably preparing the Kvasiny site for the developments in the automotive industry,” says Michael Oeljeklaus, Skoda board member for production and logistics. “The plant will play a crucial role in achieving our production goals, which we have defined as part of our 2025 strategy.”

Frank Schreier, Head of Quality Assurance at Skoda adds: “Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, our new quality centre enables us to test and analyse our vehicles to even more stringent standards. We are constantly working to ensure and consistently improve quality at all levels.”

All the areas for vehicle tests and analyses are now under one roof in the new competence centre – for example, the acoustic laboratory, odour laboratory and vibration test stands. Skoda says the shorter distances between the individual departments accelerates the inspection processes, allowing the respective results to be evaluated more quickly.

In the water chamber, climate conditions varying from fine drizzle to tropical downpours can be simulated with more than 50 litres of water per square meter at over 30 degrees Celsius. In addition, the test centre features a state-of-the-art “silent cabin”, where acousticians can monitor disruptive driving noise. Vibrations of the entire vehicle can be simulated with the “shaker”, and there is also a laboratory dedicated to dynamic tests.

The competence centre also includes a logistics centre, which is now fully operational after taking just nine months to construct. The plant’s logistics area covers approximately 1500 square meters – around one third of the total floor space – where, for example, parts for the construction of pre-series vehicles will be stored. The training facility is 800 square metres.

At the logistics training centre, skilled workers are trained in handling small and large load carriers (KLT/GLT), automated guided vehicle systems (AGVs) and trailers with E-frames. The range of additional practice-based training opportunities includes, for example, the handling of in-plant IT systems, as well as the areas of shelf and block warehouse logistics, goods in and out, ergonomics and various pick-by solutions. One of the training rooms provides the conditions for a virtual training.

Over the coming years, the production capacity of the Kvasiny plant will increase to more than 300,000 vehicles per year. Currently, the Skoda models Superb, Kodiaq and the compact SUV Karoq are produced at Kvasiny. In 2019, the Skoda Sueprb PHEV will be launched in Kvasiny.