The German automotive manufacturer Kostal announced that it will provide 1,000 new jobs for its production plant based in Pazardzhik, Bulgaria. The new jobs are needed as a result of a planned expansion. Recruitment has already begun and the 1,000 job vacancies must be filled by the end of this year. The total new jobs are expected to reach 1,500 by 2020. Kostal entered the Bulgarian market in 2016 and produces electronic and mechatronic parts for the automotive industry. The plant manufactures components for more than 5 million vehicles worldwide.