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Faurecia inaugurates seventh plant in Poland

By Liz White, UT contributing editorNanterre, France-Automotive seating and interiors supplier Faurecia is inaugurating its seventh production plant in Poland. The plant, at Gorzów Wielkopolski , around 45 km from the German border, specialises in making instrument panels and door panels, mainly for Volkswagen’s new-generation Golf.Faurecia has invested more than Euros 25 million in the 13 000-sq.m plant, which employs 377 people. Production started in August 2003 and has now reached full capacity. Faurecia expects the unit to generate sales of about €55 million in 2004, according to a company statement. Faurecia, which describes itself as Europe’s second-largest automotive equipment supplier, is already planning to extend the plant next year, to 20 000 sq.m, and will add nearly 200 more staff by the end of 2005.Faurecia’s seven Polish plants at four sites employ 3360 people: two plants in Grojec (near Warsaw) and three in Walbrzych (southwest Poland) make metal seating components and accessories. The Legnica plant produces vehicle interior components, with the new plant at Gorzów Wielkopolski focussing on instrument panels and door panels.Faurecia makes six major vehicle modules-seats, cockpits, doors, acoustic modules, front ends and exhausts-and had 2003 sales of €10 100 million. “

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