Škoda Transportation Launches 1bn CZK Investment in Pilsen

Škoda Transportation is investing nearly 1 billion CZK (40 million euros) in hiring hundreds of new employees as part of its expansion in Pilsen.

Škoda has started building a new manufacturing and testing site in Pilsen, for which it will hire in excess of 1,000 new employees. In 2020 and 2021, the Czech rolling stock manufacturer will invest more than 800 million CZK (30 million euros) in its main complex.

Petr Brzezina, Chairperson of the Board and President, Škoda Transportation Group, said:

“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.”

 

Thanks to this investment, the production site in Pilsen will get new facilities for manufacturing undercarriages.

Pavel Novák, Vice President for Investment and Asset Management, Škoda Transportation, said:

“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.”

 

Škoda will also invest in a new testing facility in Pilsen. This facility will be able to test all vehicles or their parts made by Škoda.

Pavel Novák:

“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.”

 

This project will involve building a new transport system in the main Pilsen complex. This will cost in the region of 320 million CZK (12 million euros). It will further include a new test track to be connected to the production facility or the local railway line.

To staff these new facilities, Škoda is looking for individuals with qualifications from technical fields such as technicians, designers, electricians and mechanics. Škoda is aware that hiring more than 1,000 people over the next two years will be a challenge because of the state of the labour market. Škoda Transportation is headquartered in Pilsen.

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