Panattoni Europe, leader of industrial property development in Poland, completed the manufacturing site built for Kongsberg Automotive of Norway. The project, sized 6300 sq.m, was executed in Koluszki, Central Poland. Formal acceptance of the project by tenant took place on 15 July 2016, attended by representatives of the two companies as well as the town authorities.
Kongsberg Automotive of Norway, a global manufacturer of automotive components and parts, including seat comfort adjustment systems, truck suspensions, is now welcome in Koluszki. On 15 July 2016, the company officially accepted the manufacturing project developed for it by Panattoni Europe. Size of the project exceeds 6300 sq.m, with the manufacturing and storage area occupying over 5600 sq.m + more than 700 sq.m office space. The factory will be manufacturing truck components for leading vendors, and the first product lot will come into existence already in September. The project was developed in the industrial area of Koluszki, in the Łódź Economic Area; Kazimierz Ponganis, Plant Manager, Kongsberg Automotive, comments: ‘The Koluszki project is the next step on the path of strengthening Kongsberg Automotive’s position as the global vendor of advanced technology components for the automotive sector.’
Technology first. Manufacturing processes in the new Kongsberg Automotive plant will be automated and executed by machines. Most works requiring precision, such as machining, forming, quenching, welding and assembling, will be carried out with the use of industrial robots. The technology implemented on the distinguished manufacturing and storage area (5600 sq.m) offers air humidity control, maintained at ca. 50%. In addition, ventilation has been improved to 2 air exchanges per hour, up to 4m height, and epoxy flooring is used.
The project for Kongsberg Automotive has been executed by BTS Group Panattoni Europe team, who have long ago started the trend for tailor-made development of manufacturing projects, particularly those dedicated to the automotive industry. According to Marek Foryński, Managing Director of BTS Group, Panattoni Europe: ‘Operators in this business sector, such as Kongsberg Automative, constitute a very important group of tenants or owners of the projects we develop across Europe. With our flexible and diversified solutions, we are attractive to manufacturers of car sub-assemblies and equipment items, as well as car part distributors; we support them with our knowledge and experience on dedicated BTS projects.’
Here are some examples of such developments: remodeling of a 30,000 sq.m project located in Legnica Special Economic Zone, for Lear Corporation, specializing in manufacture of car interior components; development of car interior equipment factory in Gorzów, supplying parts for Volkswagen Amarok, Golf A7 and Mercedesa W222 - for Faurecia, located in Kostrzyn-Słubice Special Economic Zone, or development of the first factory in Europe for Polaris Industries, U.S. manufacturer of such products as quads, with the area of 33,000 sq.m – in Opole, within Invest-Park Special Economic Zone of Wałbrzych.