Škoda Transportation has launched the construction works for the new manufacturing and testing facility in Pilsen which by the next year will benefit a CZK 800 million (EUR 30.48 million) investment.
“Under the new owner, the PPF Group, we have been winning important contracts. That’s why we are investing heavily in the expansion of production and why we are also looking for several hundred new co-workers for blue-collar, technical and engineering positions.Škoda is one of the technological leaders in the field, bringing innovations to public transport and sophisticated production with high added value, and it does this by using its own research and development. Pilsen is therefore one of the important centers of this industry in Europe,” Petr Brzezina, President of the Škoda Transportation Group, said.
Under the project, the Pilsen production line will be expanded to include new facilities for making undercarriages. The facility will perform activities for welding, paint shop and blasting boxes. The facility will be equipped with a new modern robotic workplace for welding, and the production capacity will be enhanced with computer-controlled machining tools which had a value of CZK 80 million (more than EUR 3 million).
One of the most important investment for the Pilsen plant envisages the construction of a new testing facility, where it will be possible to test all vehicles or their components from Škoda production. “The testing of vehicles and their components is one of the key factors in today’s transport industry, and we will continue to grow in this area as Škoda’s range and overall production do so as well,” Pavel Novák, Vice President for Investments and Asset Management of Škoda Transportation said.
The site, which will be fitted with advanced technology will include a prototype workplace designed for testing new types of vehicles. CZK 320 million (EUR 12.2 million) will be invested for the testing area of the Pilsen facility which will include a new transport system within the main Pilsen complex. A new connection of test tracks will be constructed to the production facility or to the local rail line.
At the manufacturing and testing facility more than 1,000 of jobs will be created by next year. The company is “looking for qualified employees from technical fields, especially technicians, designers and, from blue-collar positions, electricians and mechanics,” Lumír Tesař, Vice President for Human Resources explained.