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Second Pilkington Automotive Plant
September 30, 2011   
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Pilkington Automotive Poland, a car glass producer, has announced plans to double production by 2014 by building a new factory with a production capacity of 7 million windshields and side and rear windows a year.

The new facility will be located in Chmielów in the Tarnobrzeg Special Economic Zone, southeastern Poland, 30 kilometers from the first Pilkington Automotive factory in Sandomierz. The factory will make Pilkington Automotive, which is part of the Japanese NSG Group, the largest investor in the Tarnobrzeg Special Economic Zone.

Ryszard Jania, the president of Pilkington Automotive Poland, said the decisive factors that prompted the company to build the factory in the Tarnobrzeg Special Economic Zone are the performance of the factory in Sandomierz, EU funds the company has obtained for the project and opportunities presented by the special economic zone. The factory will cost a total of zl.450 million. Part of the amount, totaling zl.92.8 million, is a grant which Pilkington Automotive has been awarded by the Economy Ministry under a program to support projects of major significance to the Polish economy.

The factory in Chmielów will comprise three production lines and a warehouse on a total of 65,000 square meters of space. The construction has been divided into two phases spanning four years.

Car glass made in Chmielów will be shipped to major car manufacturers around the world. Around 70 percent of the plant’s products will go to exports.

The new Pilkington Automotive facility may also help cut unemployment in the region, as by 2014 it will provide jobs to around 500 people in Tarnobrzeg, Klimontów, Nowa Dêba and other towns in the area. Companies working with the factory will create another 150 jobs. Since glass factories require qualified staff, Pilkington Automotive has started working with local technical schools with the goal to provide them with training by experts.

Pilkington Automotive Poland was established in 1997. It is owned by Japan’s NSG Group, one of the world’s largest producers of glass and glass products for the construction and automotive industries and the specialist glass sector. Pilkington Automotive Poland is a producer and provider of parts for top global car producers, including Fiat, General Motors, Honda, Ford, Volkswagen, Mercedes and the PSA Group. Construction of the company’s first Polish factory in Sandomierz started in 1999 and it now has over 1,000 employees who produce laminated and tempered car glass.
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