Important Milestone for the Site in Hungary

In addition to the handover of two new halls, KIRCHHOFF Automotive celebrated its 20th anniversary in Hungary and the official opening of the recently renamed “Kirchhoff fasor” (“Kirchhoff Avenue”) in front of the factory premises in Esztergom.

KIRCHHOFF Automotive is investing around HUF 20 billion (almost 51 million euros) in new production and logistics halls and complex robot-controlled welding technology in Esztergom and Dorog. This will create 100 new jobs in the region.

The 5,600 square metre halls are only the first phase of the expansion of the plant area.

In addition to the owner family Kirchhoff, Ádám Hernádi, Mayor of Esztergom, Gábor Erős, Member of Parliament, and Boglárka Illés, State Secretary for the Development of Bilateral Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, also attended the ceremony. In her welcome speech, Boglárka Illés stressed the importance of the automotive industry for Hungary: 25% of the manufacturing industry's output comes from the automotive sector. “It is extremely important not only to establish cooperation with the automotive industry, but also to strengthen it. I believe that today we are celebrating the completion of another investment by KIRCHHOFF Hungária Kft.” The Secretary of State thanked the owners and described the company as a crucial and indispensable link in the automotive industry.

In his opening speech, J. Wolfgang Kirchhoff, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO KIRCHHOFF Automotive AG, repeatedly thanked all employees from Hungary for the 20-year success story, which would not have been possible without them. The transformation of the former assembly plant into a press shop with new processes and machines had already been a challenge. “However, the biggest challenge was that we launched products for ten new customers in a very short time,” said the CEO. Today, the team in Esztergom is running the most advanced technologies used at KIRCHHOFF Automotive. “My family and I are very proud that we have managed these challenges together with the Hungarian management team. However, this is not only thanks to the strong leadership team [...], but to all the employees here. Thank you once again for this great achievement!”

The festive event was rounded off with cultural programmes, a panel discussion and the inevitable cake-cutting by the two managing directors in Esztergom, Szilárd Méri and Géza Körtvélyessy.

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