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Korean Hanwha expands in Czech Republic

By Richard Higgs
Posted 5 December 2012

High-tech materials specialist Hanwha L &C has completed a third production hall and the installation of three new glass mat thermoplastic (GMT) part moulding lines at its Czech Republic subsidiary.

The 3,000m² unit at the Hanwha L & C Czech plant in Frýdek for GMT moulding with assembly and storage space doubles the number of such lines the facility can operate. It takes its total production area to 11,500m².

This expansion is part of a wider €160m investment at the South Korean group’s European site which also produces components for the automotive industry from expanded polypropylene (EPP). Hanwha planned to add two new reactors to expand the plant’s EPP raw material capacity by 3,450 tpa.

Today, the operation has a 6,000m² hall with three GMT lines and four EPP part foaming lines; a 2,500m² production unit where the raw material EPP beads are turned out and the new GMT composite components hall.

Hanwha L & C Czech was due to obtain the PP compound for its processing from another South Korean company, G S Caltex Corp. which recently launched a new production plant at Karvina, east of the Czech capital Prague.

Hanwha parts, including high energy absorption EPP and high strength GMT components used in car bumper units, are supplied mainly to the Hyundai Motor Company plant at Nošovice.

Hanwha’s expanded Frýdek plant, located in the country’s Moravian-Silesian region, is expected to employ a workforce of 120.

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