This new investment of MAN Truck & Bus SE will be implemented with the support of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) and the Polish Investment Zone in Niepołomice. A letter of intent was signed in the Krakow Technology Park, and MAN received a decision on support from Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin.
As part of the New MAN strategy, the factory in Niepołomice will be expanded in 2020-2022. This will significantly increase production capacity and employment in the plant, which will become one of the largest employers in the region. The value of the investment will be €95 million. The start of production, after the expansion of the plant, is planned for September 2022. Ultimately, over 2,500 people will be employed here, both on the production line and in the administrative area. Planned average daily production will amount to over 300 vehicles and 200 cabins.
“The MAN concern is at a turning point in its history, undertaking a comprehensive transformation of the company which is dictated by the challenges of the future. Poland is a very important country for us, in this process. We have two modern production plants, a financial and accounting centre and a sales company that has been present on the Polish market for over 28 years. Our employees in Poland, and there are already over 5,000 of them, do a great job and provide services of the highest level. We are all the more pleased with the fact that Niepołomice and the MAN Trucks plant will play a significant role in this process,” said Michael Kobyszne, Member of the Management Board of MAN Truck & Bus SE, responsible for production and logistics.
“I am glad that we managed to convince the company to once again choose Poland. As PAIH, we supported a German investor in obtaining public aid. The MAN Trucks plant in Niepołomice has been operating since 2007. We take pride in the fact that one of the most modern truck manufacturers in the world is operating here and is expanding. I believe that this multi-million euro investment will strengthen our country’s position as a leader in the automotive industry. We are also pleased that the project will implement modern solutions in the field of electromobility. Poland is a good location for new investments. This is proved by the economy that has coped well with the global slowdown, a well-developed logistics industry, educated staff and the proximity of key markets, including Germany and France,” says Krzysztof Drynda, Chairman of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency.
So far, 26 companies have invested in the Niepołomice Investment Zone, 47 investment projects benefit from tax relief, out of which 6, within the Polish Investment Zone.
“The first MAN investment was a milestone in the development of the KTP subzone in Niepołomice, which is still the largest industrial zone in Małopolska. I am glad that thanks to the Polish Investment Zone, we can once again help MAN increase the scale and quality of the concern’s presence in Poland. The significant expansion of production capacity and a rapid increase in employment will be accompanied by an investment in an even higher technological intensity of production. The Industry 4.0 revolution is happening before our eyes,” says Wojciech Przybylski, Chairman of the board of the Krakow Technology Park.
The plant in Niepołomice will play an important role in introducing new technologies to the market and will respond to the challenges of the future, providing solutions for megatrends related to digitization, electromobility and autonomous driving in the field of heavy goods vehicles. These three directions are revolutionizing the way we think about transport. They also pose a challenge, but also a great opportunity for employees who will participate in the transfer of knowledge and the development of competencies.
The expansion of the MAN Trucks plant in Niepołomice is one of the key elements in the implementation of the New MAN strategy. It is based on 3 pillars: a solid company, a strong team and putting the customer in the spotlight. All these elements will be addressed in the MAN Trucks plant in Niepołomice.
During the three-shift system of work, a complete portfolio of MAN trucks will be created here, from light and medium-class vehicles to heavy class trucks, appreciated not only by customers but also by experts and journalists, winning numerous awards and distinctions, such as the International Truck of the Year 2021. The plant will also include a truck modification centre and a cabin fit out centre.
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