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Kia claims Europe’s most productive plant
Rapidly growing Korean car company Kia says that its new Slovakian manufacturing plant is on course to become Europe’ most productive.
The one-billion-euro facility at Zilina in Slovakia is said to be operating so efficiently that production of the new Kia Pro-cee’d has begun six weeks ahead of schedule and will now reach UK showrooms in February.
The 2,600 employees are working two shifts a day to build four different Kia models and will soon be making them at the rate of 100 cars per employee.
The company says that the plant, which can employ workers for less money than those in the UK, will be more productive than rival operations of Nissan at Sunderland, Toyota at Burnaston and Honda at Swindon.
Nissan currently claims the title of Europe’s most productive motor manufacturer.
Kia’s Slovakian president In-Kyu Bae, says: “We are confident that the Zilina facility will establish new benchmarks for vehicle quality and productivity, manufacturing 100 cars per employee per year when fully operational and becoming the most productive car plant in Europe.”
The factory currently makes the cee’d five-door hatchback, cee’d Sport Wagon, Pro-cee’d three-door and Sportage SUV on the same assembly lines.
Mr In-Kyu Bae, added: “The build quality and the productivity levels achieved by our Zilina operations are quite remarkable.
“These two factors plus the skills and versatility of our workforce have enabled us to bring forward assembly of the first Pro-cee’d cars by six weeks.”
Since its launch in Europe 12 months ago more than 100,000 cee’d five-door models have been sold. [Source: icLiverpool]