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ŠKODA Plant Receives ‘Factory of the Year’ Award’ Produced in Vrchlabí

ŠKODA Plant Receives ‘Factory of the Year’ Award’ Produced in Vrchlabí

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ŠKODA Plant Receives ‘Factory of the Year’
Award’ Produced in Vrchlabí

› ŠKODA’s Vrchlabí production location receives award from trade journal
‘Produktion’ and A.T. Kearney management consultancy
› Expert jury commends successful transformation of ŠKODA’s Vrchlabí plant
from vehicle assembly to modern gear production facility
› Volkswagen Group and ŠKODA have so far invested 245 million Euros into
transmission production at Vrchlabí

Mladá Boleslav/Ulm, 9 March 2016 – ŠKODA’s Vrchlabí plant has received the
‘Factory of the Year’ award. The prize was presented on 1 March 2016 in Ulm
(Baden-Württemberg, Germany). The quick and successful transformation of
the production plant in Vrchlabí from a vehicle assembly to component
production facility was decisive in the jury’s decision to award ŠKODA’s Vrchlabí
plant with the ‘Factory of the Year’ award in the category ‘Outstanding Location
Development’.

“Receiving this award makes us very proud, and it is a great acknowledgment of the
outstanding work of the entire team,” says ŠKODA Board Member for Production Michael
Oeljeklaus, adding “In a joint effort among the employees, trade union and the company,
we have transformed Vrchlabí over recent years into a high-tech location for gearbox
manufacturing, thereby securing the future of the site.”

ŠKODA won out against the completion, receiving first place in the category ‘Outstanding
Location Development’. The plant was evaluated on the following criteria: value
appreciation, customer satisfaction, quality, innovation and efficiency. In their statement,
the jury of leading representatives from industry and research praised ŠKODA for quickly
and successfully transforming the Vrchlabí plant from a vehicle assembly plant to
component production facility.

“The award is a great tribute to the entire ŠKODA team who successfully implemented
the location’s transformation process through their commitment, competence and great
flexibility,” said Frank Engel, Head of Component production, at the award ceremony in
Ulm.

The ‘Factory of the Year’ award is one of the most prestigious competitions for the
manufacturing industry in Europe, and has been organised by the trade journal
‘Produktion’ and consultancy firm A.T. Kearney since 1992. From any industry,
manufacturing companies with more than 100 employees can be entered into the
‘Factory of the Year’ competition.

The Volkswagen Group awarded Vrchlabí the contract for DQ 200 production in early
2011. The first DQ 200 gearboxes ran off the production lines there in October 2012.
ŠKODA has invested around €245 million into the local DSG production in partnership

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with the Volkswagen Group. The majority of that sum has gone into technical facilities
and other areas, such as the Training Centre for transmission production, the logistics
area, the Measuring Centre, laboratories and the Centre for Quality Analysis. New
buildings have been constructed and existing facilities modernised at a cost of around
€27 million.

ŠKODA is currently increasing the location’s production capacity. From April 2016, the
daily manufacturing volume will increase from 1500 to 2000 DQ 200 gearboxes. The
manufacturer will be investing a further €25 million into the expansion. The production
capacity had already increased from 1000 to 1500 DSG gearboxes per day in 2014.

The DQ 200 seven-speed direct shift gearbox manufactured in Vrchlabí is used in ŠKODA
vehicles as well as models from other group brands, and is one of the most innovative
automatic transmissions in the automotive industry.

A total of one million DQ 200 gearboxes have been produced at the Vrchlabí site to date.
Approximately 1000 people are employed in gearbox production at Vrchlabí, making
ŠKODA one of the largest and most important employers in the Hradec Králové region.

For more information:
Jozef Baláž, Head of Corporate Communications Jana Bahníková, Corporate Communications
P +420 326 811 773 P +420 326 811 738
jozef.balaz@skoda-auto.cz jana.bahnikova3@skoda-auto.cz

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ŠKODA Plant Receives ‘Factory of the Year’
Award’ Produced in Vrchlabí
ŠKODA’s Vrchlabí plant has received the award
‘Factory of the Year 2015’ in the category
‘Outstanding Location Development’. Frank Engel,
Head of Component production (right) and Ivan
Slimák, Vrchlabí plant manager, accepted the award
at the award ceremony in Ulm.

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ŠKODA Plant Receives ‘Factory of the Year’
Award’ Produced in Vrchlabí
Since 2012, ŠKODA gas been producing the modern
direct shift gearbox DQ 200 at Vrchlabí. ŠKODA is
currently increasing the plant’s production capacity.
From April 2016, the daily manufacturing capacity
will increase from 1500 to 2000 DQ 200 gearboxes.

Download Source: ŠKODA AUTO

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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 offers the following models in the range: Citigo, Fabia, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and Superb.
› in 2015 delivered more than 1 million vehicles to customers worldwide.
› 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.