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The facility will manufacture tailored instrument panels for premium passenger cars.

Clare Goldsberry

February 21, 2017

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International Automotive Components breaks ground for new plant in Poland

Expanding its manufacturing footprint further into Eastern Europe, International Automotive Components (IAC; Luxembourg) broke ground on Feb. 7 for a greenfield plant in Opole, Poland. The facility, which will manufacture tailored instrument panels for premium passenger cars, will be operational in mid-2017 and accounts for an investment of about $20 million.

IAC Opole will be built in phases over the course of 2017, and will cover 290,625 square feet. It will be the company’s 27th plant in Europe, further extending IAC’s manufacturing footprint in the growing Eastern European automotive region. Although initially built to provide premium customized instrument panels, the plant has been designed to support future growth by supplying other interiors products to vehicle manufacturers, as many international OEMs are establishing or already have plants within 100 to 450 km from IAC Opole.

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“IAC Opole is aligned with IAC’s 2020 vision, our global strategy of supporting our customers with innovative and high-quality interiors solutions that help them to create sales success in the various regions where they are located,” said Marcus Nyman, IAC Senior Vice President, Cockpit & Overhead Systems, Europe.

“Working in close cooperation with Opole authorities and our strategic partners on site, we anticipate flawless completion of the plant and we expect to attract a talented workforce,” said IAC Senior Vice President, Manufacturing Strategy, Europe, Jonas Nilsson.

The Opole facility will be built in accordance with IAC’s world class manufacturing standards and will initially focus on highly crafted cut and sew operations as well as hand-wrapped premium instrument panels. IAC Opole is expected to generate approximately 560 skilled jobs in the region.

IAC had 2016 sales of $6 billion. It operates 77 manufacturing facilities in 18 countries, employing more than 31,000 people.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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