Halla Visteon Climate Control Expands Manufacturing Facility in Hluk, Czech Republic

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HLUK, Czech Republic, Nov. 7, 2013 – Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp. (KS: 018880) celebrated the opening of a new production hall at its Hluk manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by local government officials, company leaders and plant employees.

This expansion will increase Hluk’s production capacity for exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) coolers and radiators for European vehicle manufacturers by approximately 20 percent, and further strengthens HVCC’s manufacturing footprint in Europe. The eco-friendly EGR technologies are used in modern engines to reduce emissions. Employing approximately 430 people, the plant currently supplies radiators, EGRs, condensers and intercoolers to global vehicle manufacturers. When the facility reaches full production at the end of this year, employment is expected to increase by about 140 people.

“The plant expansion and its upgraded production and assembly operations allow us to continue to serve our customers with the highest quality products,” said Nurdal Kücükkaya, president of Halla Visteon Climate Control in Europe. “We are pleased with our customers’ growth and remain committed to supporting their continued success.”

HVCC worked closely with CzechInvest, the investment and business development agency on the expansion. Marian Piecha, chief executive officer of CzechInvest, said: "The automotive industry continues to play an important role in the Czech Republic, where both production and research and development activities are successfully carried out. Halla Visteon Autopal is a good example of a global automotive supplier with a strong manufacturing and research and development presence here.”

The new production hall expands Hluk’s capacity by 8,000 square meters to a total of 25,256 square meters. The facility is equipped with advanced manufacturing equipment including brazing furnaces, new core builders, and assembly and leak test stations. Construction began in late 2012.