side shaft capacity in the country.
The Phase One € 16.5-million investment supports the growing needs of customers across Europe and strengthens GKN's position as the leading driveline technology provider in the region. Approximately 400 new jobs couldbe created in a phased plan over the next four years to support the anticipated growth.
Construction has commenced on the new 14,280 sq m Driveline production facility. The plant held a ground breaking ceremony to mark the occasion, attended by GKN Driveline Europe President Helmuth Rohregger, employees, customers and local dignitaries.
The facility, which is expected to be complete by April 2016, will supply major car manufacturers in Europe and Russia, including Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, Volvo, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes and FCA. When Phase One is fully operational it will have capacity to produce over one million propshafts a year.
"Olesnica is a perfect location for advanced technology research and development, with outstanding potential engineers and scientists available from excellent local universities," said Peter Moelgg, President of Engineering, GKN Automotive.
Helmuth Rohregger, GKN Driveline President Europe, added, "Poland is an increasingly important automotive market, particularly as automakers expand into Eastern Europe, so this investment strengthens our position as the leading supplier of driveline technology to European manufacturers. I'm delighted to be part of this ground breaking ceremony and I look forward to returning to the site next year when the facility is complete and operational."