ŠKODA IS INVESTING ALMOST A BILLION CROWNS IN PILSEN, WILL HIRE HUNDREDS OF EMPLOYEES
Škoda Transportation has begun construction of a new manufacturing and testing facility in Pilsen and, thanks to this expansion, it will hire more than a thousand new employees. This year and next year, the company will invest more than 800 million crowns in its main complex.
“Under the new owner, the PPF Group, we have been winning important contracts. That’s why we are investing heavily in the expansion of production and why we are also looking for several hundred new co-workers for blue-collar, technical and engineering positions. I see this as good news not only for Pilsen, but for the whole region. Škoda is one of the technological leaders in the field, bringing innovations to public transport and sophisticated production with high added value, and it does this by using its own research and development. Pilsen is therefore one of the important centers of this industry in Europe,” says Petr Brzezina, Chairman of the Board and President of the Škoda Transportation Group.
This major investment project will see, for example, the Pilsen production line expand to include new facilities for making undercarriages. “Škoda will use these new facilities for welding, paint shop and blasting boxes. The machines will be at a really high technological level - we will build, for example, a new modern robotic workplace for welding. The production capacity will also be enhanced with, for example, computer-controlled machining tools costing approximately 80 million crowns,” says Pavel Novák, Vice President for Investments and Asset Management of Škoda Transportation.
The second important area of investment in Škoda Pilsen will be the construction of a new testing facility, where it will be possible to test all vehicles or their parts from Škoda production. “The testing of vehicles and their components is one of the key factors in today’s transport industry, and we will continue to grow in this area as Škoda’s range and overall production do so as well. A new, state-of-the-art testing facility will be built, which will include, for example, a prototype workplace designed for testing new types of vehicles,” says Pavel Novák. This investment project incorporates the building of a new transport system within the main Pilsen complex for approximately 320 million crowns, and it will include a new connection of test tracks to the production facility or to the local rail line.
All of these investments will result in the massive recruitment of new employees. “In connection with the increase in production, we plan to increase our number of employees by more than a thousand this year and next. We are looking for qualified employees from technical fields, especially technicians, designers and, from blue-collar positions, electricians and mechanics. Given the state of the labor market, this will be a big challenge. However, Škoda offers the stability of a large company, a promising future and above-standard working conditions, including a range of benefits,” says Lumír Tesař, Vice President for Human Resources of Škoda Transportation.