13 February 2018
13 February 2018
METYX has concluded discussions with the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA) and secured a 50% matched government-funded incentive package to support a multi-million Euro investment project to expand METYX Hungary.
HIPA works with the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to attract investment from overseas companies into Hungary to create new jobs and build its economy.
METYX says that the funds will be used to significantly expand the existing facilities at its Kaposvár site over the next five years, to increase production capacity for weaving glass and carbon fibre textiles and to expand its fabric and core kitting service. METYX Hungary has 15,000 m2 of covered factory space and 67,000 m2 open space currently operational, which is only 35% of the 230,000 m2 former North American Bus Industries (NABI) production site acquired by METYX in 2013.
At a press conference in Budapest on 7 February the formal announcement of this investment agreement was made by Péter Szijjártó, the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Attila Gelencsér, Kaposvár’s parliamentary representative in Budapest.
“We are delighted with this significant investment support package from the Hungarian government to help us expand our facilities and increase staff numbers,” said Uğur Üstünel, Co-Director of METYX Group. “We look forward to working closely with HIPA and other Hungarian government agencies going forward to make our expansion plans a reality. Being located in central Europe, METYX Hungary is strategically very important to enable us to continue business growth across the EU market and meet customer demands. Such positive support provided from both local and central government in Hungary has motivated the METYX board to commit further capital investments in production technologies and infrastructure at our Kaposvár site.”
“In May 2015 we started production in Kaposvár with only 15 people,” he continued. “Today, METYX Hungary employs 155 people and delivers across Europe. The site currently operates four production lines, with three additional lines being installed in 2018. With the new investments, the total annual capacity at METYX Hungary will increase from 3000 to 8000 tons for technical fabrics alone, along with an expanded glass and core kit cutting service. We expect the numbers of employees in Hungary to reach 200 by the end of this year, with additional people needed by the end of 2020. As a result of this major incentive programme we are committed to making multi-million Euro investments over the next five years which will secure more than 200 long term jobs in Kaposvár.”
The fabrics and kits manufactured by METYX Hungary are aimed at producers of composite parts used in major industrial market sectors including building and construction, boatbuilding, automotive, transportation and wind energy. The company reports that the Kaposvár site has completed supply chain qualification programmes with key wind turbine manufacturers.
Photo provided by METYX
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