EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Kia Slovakia

Kia Slovakia

Geographic Location

Country: Slovakia
Region: Zilinsky kraj; Stredne Slovensko
Location of affected unit(s): Žilina


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of transport equipment
29.1 - Manufacture of motor vehicles
Group: Hyundai Kia

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 26-05-2005
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Employment Effect Start: 01-01-2007
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2008
Planned Job Creation: 3000

Additional Information

Hyundai Kia management has decided to increase the amount of its investment in the Žilina production plant by €130 million, up to €870 million. The new plant will produce 300,000 cars per year (instead of 200,000 cars), and will manufacture three car models rather than two. The originally planned number of employees was 2,400. KIA management updated the announced business expansion plan in Žilina. The investment will increase up to €1 billion and in total 3,000 employees would work there by the end of 2008. Kia Motors Slovakia management specified the new investment. The company considers increasing the engine production in the new plant in Žilina, where up to 600,000 engines will be produced per year (instead of originally planned 300,000) by the end of 2008. The increase of the production is caused by Kia Motors operation also in the Czech Republic, where the engines will be supplied. Slovak Government will provide a state aid for the company in the total amount of SKK 1.2 billion. New investment will directly create 400 and indirectly around next 1,000 new jobs there.