Festo to switch Czech operation to new extrusion plant in 2024

Auto parts producer Festo AG. is understood to be planning to construct a brand new purpose-built manufacturing plant to replace its current leased facility in the north of the Czech Republic.

Reports suggest the German group, which currently operates in the northern town of Česká Lípa, aims to relocate the plant, run by its Czech offshoot Festo Production, to a new site in the south of the town.

The proposed facility, due to go on stream in 2024, mirrors an earlier group project in the country proposed more than a decade ago, which won approval under Czech environmental impact regulations in 2008-2009. 

However, that scheme was subsequently shelved at the time in the face of the global financial crisis, according to planning documents.

Essinglen, Germany-based Festo, a pneumatic and electrical technology specialist, currently manufactures a range of extruded polyurethane and polyethylene hose products at the Czech plant where it runs 18 extrusion lines.

When the new 6,900m2 plant with production and warehousing sections goes ahead, it will increase capacity with 23 extrusion lines. Festo intends to extrude plastics based pressure hose and processing lines to turn out the firm’s DUO flexible fused twin tube product and spiral hoses at the new operation.       

Construction of the new plant is expected to begin during 2023 with its completion due the following year, according to industry media reports.

This plan mirrors an earlier group project in the country proposed a decade ago, which won approval under Czech environmental impact regulations in 2008-2009. However, Festo subsequently shelved that scheme in the face of the global financial crisis at that time, according to planning documents. 

Festo’s planned new facility on the fresh site will see the Czech plant situated on a neighbouring plot to plants in Česká Lípa operated by other international automotive component suppliers.  

They include the operations of Grammer Automotive CZ, an offshoot of the Germany-based car seating and interior parts manufacturer Grammer and the auto energy storage specialist  Clarios Plastics Czech, formerly part of Johnson Controls Power Solutions.

Family-owned Festo group has annual turnover of €3.2 billion and employs around 21,200 workers at operations around the world.

» Publication Date: 09/12/2019

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