Opel Begins Building New Engine Plant in Hungary
The Szentgotthard site will be in charge with manufacturing engines and cylinder heads for Opel's assembly plants in Europe. The investment required to build the facility is estimated at EUR500 million. When it is completed in 2012, the facility will be able to accommodate 800 jobs.
Opel says that the Hungarian facility will be something the automotive world has never seen before, and will be built in such a way that it will be able to rapidly accommodate production schedule changes.
Here Opel will manufacture a family of small gasoline engines, a family of medium-sized gasoline engines and a family of medium-sized diesel engines. All units will be engineered in such a way that they will meet the future Euro 6 emission standards.
“The new Szentgotthard engine plant with its vast range of advanced low-CO2 combustion engines and an unprecedented flexibility of manufacturing will be a cornerstone of Opel/Vauxhall’s product offensive”, said GM Europe President Nick Reilly.
The Szentgotthard site is an older Opel production hub, the first facility opening here back in 1991. Since then, 6.5 million engines and five million cylinder heads were built in Hungary, on top of the 85,000 Opel Astra models.
Opel's new operations in Hungary will be backed by a new chain of suppliers, that will be reorganized according to an agreement Opel reached last month with the Hungarian Investment and Trade Agency.