Celebrating 10 years of production in Europe
December is an occasion for many celebrations and Kia Motors has one more to add to the list: this month marks Kia’s tenth anniversary of production in Europe!
Since first opening the doors of the Zilina manufacturing plant in Slovakia on December 7, 2006, Kia has forged a strong and complementary relationship with the region. The construction of the plant in Zilina represented an initial investment of 700 million EUR and Kia has continued to finance the installation of new technology and the production of new models over the past decade, bringing the company’s investment in the facility – and the region – to an impressive 1.7 billion EUR. In 2016 alone, Kia injected 60 million EUR into the Zilina plant and has plans to deliver another 130 million EUR for innovations and upgrades down the road.
Over the past ten years, over 2.5 million vehicles and 3.8 million engines have rolled off the lines at the Slovakian manufacturing plant. Each day, the plant dispatches 1,400 cars to 95 countries, exporting most of its vehicles to Russia, the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy. The most popular model produced by far was the cee’d family followed by the region’s current best-seller, the Sportage.
With the huge number of vehicles and engines manufactured in Zilina, Kia is also a top employer in the region, employing 3,800 people directly. The presence of the brand has also resulted in the generation of 20,000 jobs among its top suppliers. In order to support and hone the skills of its employees, Kia has organized over 8,900 training courses for staff since 2006. Another long term benefit that employees enjoy is the bus lines that provide transportation to and from the workplace.
With this successfully burgeoning production venture, Kia’s presence is growing not just in Slovakia, but across the entire European continent. We recently opened the doors to our largest European dealershipto date and are leading expansion endeavors in other major European cities.
Our fans and our employees have been a major force behind our achievements over the past decade, and with this milestone we are looking forward to continued cooperation and friendship with the region for decades to come.