ŠKODA is using the factory holiday to carry out a number of modernization and refurbishment projects: The forthcoming ŠKODA KODIAQ rollout is the focus of the activities at the Kvasiny plant. In Mladá Boleslav, work continues on the new PXL 2 hydraulic press line, which is set to start operation at the end of 2016. The highly energy-efficient press line will be the first to produce large aluminium stampings. Also, at the brand’s home plant, the automatic miniload warehouse (AKL) is being expanded to make the logistics processes even more efficient and flexible in view of the ever-growing variety of products. In addition, optimization activities will concentrate on the robotic automation of the production processes along with the preparations for boosting digital manufacturing in line with Industry 4.0.
At the same time, ŠKODA will be expanding their car and component production capacities thanks to the targeted elimination of existing bottlenecks. At the plants in Mladá Boleslav and Kvasiny the production volume is 3,000 cars per day. In Vrchlabí, where the DQ-200 dual-clutch gearbox is manufactured, the daily production capacity is 2,000 units; while in Mladá Boleslav, up to 3,000 manual transmissions and over 2,000 engines are produced every day. ŠKODA has brought in approximately 1,000 employees and external service suppliers to complete the projects during the factory downtime.
In the Czech Republic, ŠKODA AUTO records an annual production of more than 650,000 cars and employs around 25,500 people. Expanding the model range and raising production capacities have allowed ŠKODA to create numerous job opportunities. In Kvasiny alone, where nearly 280,000 cars are produced every year, 2,000 new positions are going to be created recently.