Peugeot Citroen gears up staff for Slovakia plant

15th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

BRATISLAVA, Feb 15 (AFP) - PSA Peugeot Citroen has recruited one fifth of the workforce for its new factory at Trnava in Slovakia, the project’s director general Alain Baldeyrou said Tuesday.

BRATISLAVA, Feb 15 (AFP) - PSA Peugeot Citroen has recruited one fifth of the workforce for its new factory at Trnava in Slovakia, the project’s director general Alain Baldeyrou said Tuesday.

PSA is investing more than EUR 700 million (USD 908 million) in the plant, which is due to launch commercial production of small cars in the second half of 2006.

Speaking at a press conference, Baldeyrou said that 660 of the plant's 3,500 employees had already been hired. To date, he added, the company had experienced no problems recruiting staff.

"Everything perfectly corresponds with our planning," he said.

"Eighty percent of the buildings are completed and our main focus is beginning to install the assembly line machinery," he added.

The company expects to manufacture between 50,000 and 60,000 cars in 2006. Once at maximum capacity, the plant in western Slovakia should produce 300,000 cars per year.

Slovakia, a country of 5.4 million people, will be the world's biggest car producer per capita by 2007 thanks to the presence of three car plants.

Volkswagen already has a plant in the country while Hyundai has launched construction of a new plant for its Kia division.

© AFP

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