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ŠKODA AUTO opens multifunctional competence
centre of at Kvasiny plant

› Testing and quality centre, logistics centre, storage areas for pre-series vehicles and
event hall in one complex
› Former testing centre to develop and produce future ŠKODA SUPERB Plug-in-Hybrid
› New power distribution grid and charging stations for electric vehicles in Kvasiny form the
basis for the launch of e-mobility

Kvasiny, 11 May 2018 – ŠKODA AUTO is continuing to modernise its Kvasiny production
site, opening a new competence centre. The car manufacturer now combines a testing and
quality centre, a logistics training centre, an event hall and storage areas for pre-series
vehicles at the multifunctional facility. The company has invested a total of 13.5 million
euros in the new complex. At the same time, the Kvasiny plant is preparing to embark on the
road to electromobility: The production site is establishing a new electricity distribution
network and charging stations for electric vehicles. Production of the ŠKODA SUPERB plug-
in hybrid is also to be launched in Kvasiny in 2019.

“Our investments and the opening of the new, multifunctional competence centre are the next big
step in consistently and sustainably preparing the Kvasiny site for the developments in the
automotive industry,” says Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Production and
Logistics. “The plant will play a crucial role in achieving our production goals, which we have
defined as part of our 2025 strategy.”

Frank Schreier, Head of Quality Assurance at ŠKODA AUTO adds: “Thanks to state-of-the-art
technology, our new quality centre enables us to test and analyse our vehicles to even more
stringent standards. We are constantly working to ensure and consistently improve quality at all
levels.”

All the areas for vehicle tests and analyses are now under one roof in the new competence centre –
for example, the acoustic laboratory, odour laboratory and vibration test stands. The shorter
distances between the individual departments accelerates the inspection processes, allowing the
respective results to be evaluated more quickly.

In the water chamber, climate conditions varying from fine drizzle to tropical downpours can be
simulated with more than 50 litres of water per square meter at over 30 degrees Celsius. In
addition, the test centre features a state-of-the-art “silent cabin”, where acousticians can monitor
disruptive driving noise. Vibrations of the entire vehicle can be simulated with the “shaker”, and
there is also a laboratory dedicated to dynamic tests.

The competence centre also includes a state-of-the-art logistics centre, which is now fully
operational after taking just nine months to construct. The plant’s logistics area covers
approximately 1500 square meters – around one third of the total floor space – where, for example,
parts for the construction of pre-series vehicles will be stored. The training facility is 800 square
metres.

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At the logistics training centre, skilled workers are trained in handling small and large load carriers
(KLT/GLT), automated guided vehicle systems (AGVs) and trailers with E-frames. The range of
additional practice-based training opportunities includes, for example, the handling of in-plant IT
systems, as well as the areas of shelf and block warehouse logistics, goods in and out, ergonomics
and various pick-by solutions. One of the training rooms provides the conditions for a virtual
training.

The state-of-the-art complex covers almost 10,000 square meters of floor space – approximately
one and a half football fields. In addition to numerous office and group workspaces, the facility also
offers social rooms for the employees, as well as health stations and cloakrooms.

The ŠKODA AUTO plant in Kvasiny is currently undergoing the most comprehensive modernisation
and expansion in its history. During the SUV campaign, which began with the ŠKODA KODIAQ, the
car manufacturer has so far invested around seven billion Czech crowns into modernising
production processes. Over the coming years, the production capacity of the Kvasiny plant will
increase to more than 300,000 vehicles per year. Currently, the ŠKODA models SUPERB, KODIAQ
and the compact SUV ŠKODA KAROQ are produced at this location. In 2019, the ŠKODA
SUPERB PHEV – ŠKODA AUTO’s first plug-in hybrid model – will be launched in Kvasiny.

As one of the largest employers in the Hradec Králové region, ŠKODA AUTO is also investing in
the regional infrastructure and promoting the attractiveness of the location through its diverse social
programme.

For more information:
Tomáš Kotera
Head of Corporate Communication
T +420 326 811 773
tomas.kotera@skoda-auto.cz
Martina Gillichová
Spokesperson for Kvasiny Plant
T +420 730 862 526
martina.gillichova@skoda-auto.cz

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ŠKODA AUTO opens multifunctional competence
centre at Kvasiny plant
With the opening of the multifunctional competence
centre at the Kvasiny plant, ŠKODA AUTO is continuing
the modernisation of its production location in
Kvasiny (from left to right): Jaroslav Vlk, Head of Quality
Assurance Kvasiny, Frank Schreier, Head of Quality
Assurance, Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA
AUTO Board Member for Production and Logistics,
Martin Lustyk, Chairman of the KOVO union Kvasiny,
Lubomír Vasický, Head of Production Planning and Jiří
Černý, Head of Vehicle Manufacturing Kvasiny.

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ŠKODA AUTO opens multifunctional competence
centre at Kvasiny plant
With the opening of the multifunctional centre of
excellence at the Kvasiny plant, ŠKODA AUTO is
continuing the modernisation of its production location
in Kvasiny (from left to right): Jaroslav Vlk, Head of
Quality Assurance Kvasiny, Frank Schreier, Head of
Quality Assurance, Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA
AUTO Board Member for Production and Logistics,
Martin Lustyk, Chairman of the KOVO union Kvasiny,
Jiří Černý, Head of Vehicle Manufacturing Kvasiny
and Lubomír Vasický, Head of Production Planning.

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ŠKODA AUTO
› is one of the longest-established vehicle manufacturers in the world. The company was founded in 1895 – during the
pioneering days of the automobile. Today, the company’s headquarters remain in Mladá Boleslav.
› currently offers the following models in the range: CITIGO, FABIA, RAPID, OCTAVIA, KAROQ, KODIAQ and SUPERB.
› in 2017 delivered more than 1.2 million vehicles to customers worldwide.
› has belonged to Volkswagen Group since 1991. The Volkswagen Group is one of the most successful vehicle
manufacturers in the world. ŠKODA AUTO, in association with the Group, independently manufactures and develops
vehicles, as well as components, engines and gear transmissions.
› operates at three locations in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia, Algeria and India mainly
through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan through local partners.
› employs over 35,000 people globally and is active in more than 100 markets.

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ŠKODA AUTO opens multifunctional competence centre of at Kvasiny plant
› Testing and quality centre, logistics centre, storage areas for pre-series vehicles and event hall in one complex
› Former testing centre to develop and produce future ŠKODA SUPERB Plug-in-Hybrid
› New power distribution grid and charging stations for electric vehicles in Kvasiny form the basis for the launch of e-mobility
Kvasiny, 11 May 2018 – ŠKODA AUTO is continuing to modernise its Kvasiny production site, opening a new competence centre. The car manufacturer now combines a testing and quality centre, a logistics training centre, an event hall and storage areas for…
› is one of the longest-established vehicle manufacturers in the world. The company was founded in 1895 – during the pioneering days of the automobile. Today, the company’s headquarters remain in Mladá Boleslav.
› currently offers the following models in the range: CITIGO, FABIA, RAPID, OCTAVIA, KAROQ, KODIAQ and SUPERB.
› in 2017 delivered more than 1.2 million vehicles to customers worldwide.
› has belonged to Volkswagen Group since 1991. The Volkswagen Group is one of the most successful vehicle manufacturers in the world. ŠKODA AUTO, in association with the Group, independently manufactures and develops vehicles, as well as components, e…
› operates at three locations in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia, Algeria and India mainly through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan through local partners.
› employs over 35,000 people globally and is active in more than 100 markets.

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