Giving Strength to Making Further Advancements into Europe!
- Planning to produce key modules by investing 56.8 billion won on a 100,000㎡ site
- Expecting to employ 800 local employees… Will support quality management by Hyundai Motor by producing high-quality modules
Hyundai Mobis (www.mobis.co.kr; CEO: Han Kyu-hwan) earlier established a production base in East Europe by building a module plant in Slovakia in April. It now started construction of a module plant in the Czech Republic, giving momentum to making further advancements in the East European market.
Hyundai Mobis announced that it fully launched the construction of a plant with the holding of the “First Column Erection Ceremony” at the plant site located at Nosovice, the Czech Republic on October 30 (Local Nosovice time).
This ground-breaking ceremony was attended by 45 employees of partner companies, including the Vice President of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC) Kim Eok-jo and the Managing Director in charge of the European region for Hyundai Mobis Kim Jeong-su, and the Director and Manager of Mobis Czech (MCS) Lee Yeong-jin. During the ceremony, a column that had the signatures of guests from home and abroad, embodying their hopes for the development of the plant, was erected, followed by a ceremony in which people prayed for the safety of all construction personnel.
With the construction of this Czech module plant, the company now has two module production plants in Europe, the other being the Slovakia module plant. A total of 56.8 billion won will be invested to build this roughly 100,000㎡ plant within the Czech plant site of Hyundai Motor. The company is planning to employ around 800 local employees.
This plant will be in charge of producing an annual 300 thousand units of the FEM (Front End Module), cockpit module, and complete chassis module, which will be installed on such models as the strategic European vehicles that will be manufactured by Hyundai Motor.
Module Business Director of Hyundai Mobis Seo Yeong-jong said, “Hyundai Motor has taken a historical step forward in enhancing the global competitiveness of domestic finished car companies by supplying internationally top-quality module products through Slovakia and the Czech Republic in East Europe. We will become a stronger partner and give utmost support to strengthen the competitiveness of Hyundai Motor, a company that will take a leading role in developing the local community and make great achievements in the Czech Republic, which is at the center of East Europe.”
In particular, plans have been established to have this plant adopt the “tunnel conveyor system,” which has been applied to the Ohio Mobis Manufacturing Company (OMMC), which has been built in the Chrysler Group plant and is manufacturing the complete chassis module that is installed on the 2007 Jeep Wrangler.
This system is a production method that directly moves completed module products to automobile production lines by connecting the module lines and finished car lines with a conveyor tunnel. It is therefore different from the method of moving finished module products to finished car production lines using vehicles.
Through the adoption of this system, Hyundai Mobis is anticipating to improve productivity and cut down shipment costs amounting to an annual average of around seven billion won. It is also expecting the system to further boost production efficiency as the system will enable the seamless manufacturing of products as if they were made using one finished car production line, rather than separate module production and finished car production lines.