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Zilina plant central to Kia Europe success

31 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Kia's relatively new Zilina, Slovakia car factory (production started with the first c'eed in 2006) is, like most greenfield facilities these days, more than a one-site shop. It's what the US calls a campus - no fewer than three Kia factories: car parts production and assembly and two engine plants.


Kia sows a new Ceed in Europe

26 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Kia Motors (UK) insiders like to stress the importance of the Ceed C-segment model line (originally named c'eed for reasons which escaped me). It was the automaker's first European built model - followed closely by the second  generation Sportage - but it's not the brand's top seller though it's nonetheless still significant in volume terms, accounting for about 12% of the UK unit's sales, while the also-Slovak-built-for-Europe Sportage eclipses the entire range with a 40% slice.


THE WEEK THAT WAS - VW comes clean, Jaguar Land Rover heads east

11 Dec 2015 | Graeme Roberts

The really interesting stuff all happened as this week drew to a close - yesterday Volkswagen 'fessed up over the 'dieselgate' scandal and, today, Tata Motors' English luxury vehicle unit Jaguar Land Rover finally confirmed the location for its new manufacturing plant.


COMMENT: Kia adds to Zilina recognition

21 Oct 2010 | Simon Warburton

It's not by accident that Kia's Zilina plant in Slovakia finds itself significantly ramping up production.


EMERGING MARKETS ANALYSIS: Zilinia – Kia’s model of manufacturing efficiency

5 Aug 2008 | Mark Bursa

In just four years, Kia has turned its plan to build a plant in Slovakia into reality. And as Mark Bursa discovers, the Zilinia plant is setting new benchmarks for innovation and efficiency of car assembly.


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New Gestamp Slovakia plant supplies Jaguar Land Rover

27 Jun 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Gestamp has opened a new aluminium plant in Nitra, Slovakia.


JLR supplier opens new Slovakia factory

26 Feb 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Shenda-owned Auria, the global supplier of vehicle acoustical and fibre-based products, has opened its new Vrable, Slovakia factory producing automotive flooring systems and decorative trim parts for Jaguar Land Rover and "other premium OEM customers".


VW, Kia, Slovakia to cut staff

29 Jan 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen's Slovakia unit, the country’s biggest car plant and largest private sector employer, plans to reduce staff this year for the first time since the 2009 global downturn as part of an efficiency drive, a media report said.


Constellium opens new Automotive Structures facility in Zilina, Slovakia

30 Nov 2018 | Dave Leggett

Constellium has announced the opening of its new 'Automotive Structures; facility in Zilina, Slovakia, dedicated to the production of aluminium Crash Management Systems and Body Structure components as it continues to expand its automotive footprint in the Eastern European market.


JLR opens EUR1.4bn Slovakia plant

25 Oct 2018 | Simon Warburton

Jaguar Land Rover has formally started its EUR1.4bn (US$1.6bn) manufacturing facility in Nitra, Slovakia, the first time a UK automotive company has opened a factory in the Central European country.


ZKW starts Slovakia plant expansion

9 Oct 2018 | Simon Warburton

ZKW Slovakia has started the expansion of its Krušovce plant producing mainly headlights and fog lamps.


Carmakers keeping the diesel faith - Kia

25 Jul 2018 | Chris Wright

Diesels may have been demonised over the past couple of years but carmakers are keeping the faith even though sales have dipped in many markets.


Kia builds 3m cars (and counting) in Slovakia

27 Mar 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Kia has now built 3m cars in Europe.


Magna expands Slovakia mirror plant

1 Nov 2017 | Simon Warburton

Magna has relocated to a larger manufacturing facility in Slovakia as a result of business growth at its Nove mesto nad Vahom in the country.


YFAI Trencín to secure benchmark certification

20 Oct 2017 | Simon Warburton

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors' (YFAI) says its Trencín Technical Centre in Slovakia is due to receive common European benchmark certification within weeks as it looks to capitalise on testing capabilities.



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