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Automotive Lighting expands Czech plant

By Richard Higgs
Posted 1 February 2013

Fiat group auto components subsidiary Magneti Marelli Automotive Lighting is to invest almost €2m to extend the capacity and technology at its Czech Republic plant at Jihlava.

Much of the latest spend is being targeted at the facility’s production technology and equipment, Automotive Lighting’s CEO, Pavel Zverina is quoted as saying by the Czech government’s investment and business development agency Czechinvest.

Prototype machines were due to be tested at the plant last month and series vehicle lighting production is scheduled to begin in March, it reported.

The operation, which manufactures vehicle headlamp systems, has won a number of new orders, including for complete LED light front and rear car lights, from Skoda Auto, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and PSA groups.

The Czech Automotive Lighting facility employs a workforce of around 1,770.

The Magneti Marelli lighting subsidiary, based in Reutlingen, Germany, has 17 production plants worldwide. Others are located in Brazil, China, France, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain, Malaysia, Mexico, Turkey and the US.

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