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150323 ŠKODA expands DQ 200-gearbox production at Vrchlabí

150323 ŠKODA expands DQ 200-gearbox production at Vrchlabí

ŠKODA Media Services:
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ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869,
293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

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ŠKODA expands DQ 200-gearbox production
at Vrchlabí

› Growth: Production capacity increases to up to 2000 DSG gearboxes per day
› Investment: Approximately 25 million euros into expansion; up to 200 new
jobs
› Success: 640,000 DQ-200 gearboxes manufactured at Vrchlabí
› Future from Tradition: ŠKODA’s 116 years of powertrain expertise

Mladá Boleslav/Vrchlabí, 23 March 2015 – ŠKODA continues to develop their
production of powertrains. At the ŠKODA plant in Vrchlabí, the manufacturer
will be increasing the production capacity for the DQ 200 dual-clutch
transmission from 1500 to 2000 gearboxes per day over the next twelve
months. The carmaker will be investing around 25 million euros into the
expansion in addition to creating up to 200 new jobs.

The modern DQ 200 direct-shift gearbox has been running off the Vrchlabí production
lines since October 2012, and is insta lled in ŠKODA vehicles as well as models from other
manufacturers within the Volkswagen Group. In partnership with the Group, ŠKODA has
invested around 210 million euros to date into the DSG production at the foot of the
Giant Mountains. Since 2012, around 640,000 DQ 200 transmissions have been produced
at the site, which currently employs around 1000 people.

Just last year, daily production capacities at the Vrchlabí site were increased from 1000
to 1500 DSG gearboxes per day. “Once again increasing the capacity to 2000 gearboxes
marks a significant milestone for the plant,” says ŠKODA Production Director Michael
Oeljeklaus. “Over recent years, we have transformed the site into a state-of-the-art
facility, which has become an important pillar of ŠKODA’s global production.
Manufacturing an additional 500 gearboxes per day emphasises the productivity and
efficiency of the site.”

ŠKODA HR Director adds: “Vrchlabí is a cornerstone in ŠKODA’s growth strategy. In close
dialogue with our social partners, the KOVO VR trade union, we have effectively
established the site with the production of the DSG gearbox, and given the plant
excellent prospects for the future. Through their hard work, the local production team
strengthens ŠKODA’s excellent reputation in powertrain manufacture. We are sending out
a strong signal for growth and job security in the region once again. These planned
measures show that it was right to return the DSG production to Vrchlabí,” Wojnar
concludes.

ŠKODA is one of the largest and most important employers in the Vrchlabí region. This
year the company was awarded ‘Česká inovace’ for complexity of change from car
assembly to gearbox production and their social contribution to the development of the

ŠKODA Media Services:
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ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869,
293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

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region. The planned capacity expansion at Vrchlabí underlines the carmaker’s great
importance in the industry and the associated contribution to employment in the Czech
home market. Around 25,000 people are employed at ŠKODA in the Czech Republic, the
majority of whom work in production. An additional 150,000 people work at ŠKODA
suppliers. The manufacturer operates three locations in the Czech Republic: the main
plant in Mladá Boleslav, and the plants in Kvasiny and Vrchlabí.

ŠKODA’s Vrchlabí plant was awarded the contract for DQ 200 production in 2011,
commencing in second half of 2012. In association with the Volkswagen Group, ŠKODA
has invested around 27 million euros into new buildings and modernising the existing
facilities. 180 million euros went into the technical equipment and other measures such
as the training centre for transmission production, logistics, the measuring centre ,
laboratories and centre of quality analysis. To date, around 210 million euros have been
invested in DQ 200 production at Vrchlabí. The seven-speed direct shift gearbox DQ 200
is one of the most innovative automatic transmissions in the automotive industry.

Manufacturing the DQ 200 demonstrates the Czech manufacturer’s expertise in
powertrain production. In addition to producing transmissions at Vrchlabí, the Mladá
Boleslav site manufactures the MQ 200 and MQ/SQ 100 gearboxes. Engine manufacturer
is another major focus for the company. Three- and four- cylinder engines from the EA
211 series and powertrains from the EA 111 series are built in Mladá Boleslav. ŠKODA’s
new Engine Centre opened in Mladá Boleslav in September, 2014. In this project alone,
ŠKODA invested around 45 million euros in partnership with the Volkswagen Group.

ŠKODA has a 116-year tradition in manufacturing engines and powertrains. In 1899 the
company’s founding fathers Laurin und Klement first equipped one of their bicycles with
an axillary motor. The Motocyclette was powered by a one-cylinder engine with either
1.25 or 1.75 horsepower.

For more information:
Jozef Baláž, Corporate Communications David Šikula, Corporate Communications
T +420 326 811 773 T +420 326 811 771
jozef.balaz@skoda-auto.cz david.sikula@skoda-auto.cz

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ŠKODA expands DQ 200-gearbox production at
Vrchlabí
ŠKODA expands production capacity for the DQ 200
gearbox at the Vrchlabí plant from 1500 to 2000
units per day.

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ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869,
293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

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ŠKODA AUTO
› is one of the longest-established vehicle production companies in the world. In 1895, the Czech
headquarters in Mladá Boleslav began producing bicycles, followed by the production of motorbikes and
cars.
› currently has seven passenger car models: Citigo, Fabia, Roomster/Praktik, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and
Superb.
› in 2014 delivered more than 1 million vehicles to customers worldwide for the first time in a single year.
› has belonged to Volkswagen since 1991. The Volkswagen Group is one of the most successful
automotive groups in the world. ŠKODA, 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 and India mainly
through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan through local partners.
› employs over 25,900 people globally and is active in more than 100 markets.