Škoda Auto’s Kvasiny production site now combines a testing and quality centre, a competence centre, a logistics training centre, an event hall and storage areas for pre-series vehicles at the multifunctional facility.
The company has invested a total of €13.5 million ($16.1 million) in the new complex. At the same time, the Kvasiny plant is preparing to embark on the road to electromobility, the production site is establishing a new electricity distribution network and charging stations for electric vehicles. Production of the Škoda Superb plug-in hybrid is also to be launched in Kvasiny in 2019.
“Our investments and the opening of the new, multifunctional competence centre are the next big step in consistently and sustainably preparing the Kvasiny site for the developments in the automotive industry,” says Michael Oeljeklaus, Škoda Auto Board Member for Production and Logistics. “The plant will play a crucial role in achieving our production goals, which we have defined as part of our 2025 strategy.”
The competence centre also includes a logistics centre, which is now fully operational after nine months of construction. The plant’s logistics area covers approximately 1500 square metres, around one third of the total floor space where, for example, parts for the construction of pre-series vehicles will be stored. The training facility is 800 square metres.
At the logistics training centre, skilled workers will be trained in handling small and large load carriers (KLT/GLT), automated guided vehicle systems (AGVs) and trailers with E-frames. The range of additional practice-based training opportunities includes, for example, the handling of in-plant IT systems, as well as the areas of shelf and block warehouse logistics, goods in and out, ergonomics and various pick-by solutions. One of the training rooms provides the conditions for a virtual training.
The complex covers almost 10,000 square metres of floor space.