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Small-batch piston production plant opening in Chabařovice

Auto-industry supplier inaugurates new plant

(PresseBox) (Neckarsulm, ) After a construction period of just one year, MS Motorservice International GmbH, which belongs to auto-industry supplier KSPG AG, has set up a new plant for the production of small pistons on a site of around 50,000 m² in Chabařovice, Czech Republic. The location has now been officially inaugurated.

The new facility of this international aftermarket specialist has a production area of 4,500 m² and a workforce of 42 which, as business progresses, will rise to around 60 by year end and even higher next year. The new plant represents an investment of double-digit million euros.

The global first-tier auto-industry supplier KSPG and member of the Rheinmetall Group now has altogether three production sites in the northwest of the Czech Republic. Metal in Ústí, a piston plant with a longstanding tradition, has been run by KS Kolbenschmidt since 1995. In 2005, a further plant has been added, where the affiliated company Pierburg manufactures such products as eco-friendly exhaust-gas recirculation and secondary air systems as well as exhaust gas flaps.

KSPG AG CEO Horst Binnig comments: "This location on the river Elbe is becoming more and more important for us. With a planned output of 12 million units per year, this is one of our biggest piston plants, and construction work is continuing. Pierburg, too, has significantly grown with two additions and established itself as a significant member of the auto-industry supplier sector in this country. In all, the KSPG Group has since 2004 spent around €130 million or CZK3.5 billion in the region."

The new plant at Chabařovice will produce high-tech pistons for the world markets. Because of their extremely complex production process, these pistons are often manufactured in relatively small batches. Nonetheless, the close proximity of the two piston plants to each other will help boost combined workloads and productivity. Moreover, the use of the infrastructure of the large sister plant will generate benefits in the production of the small-batch pistons.

The KSPG Group has a workforce of around 1,200 in the Ústí region. Sales in 2015 will probably total €360 million or some CZK9.7 billion.

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The KSPG Group, which represents the Mobility sector within the Rheinmetall Group, has annual sales of €2.45 billion (2014) and ranks among the 100 biggest auto-industry suppliers worldwide. Around 11,000 employees at some 40 production plants in Europe, the Americas, Japan, India and China develop and manufacture components, modules and assemblies for the propulsion systems of present and future vehicles.

As an established development partner of the global OEMs, for over a century the Group has been involved in the development and sustainable improvement of engines with a view to reducing pollution, fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, and weight, as well as enhancing performance.

This first-tier supplier, present on the international automotive markets, consists of three divisions: Hardparts, Mechatronics, and Aftermarket. Clustered under the Kolbenschmidt brand is KSPG's Hardparts division comprising car and commercial vehicle pistons, large-bore pistons, engine blocks, cylinder heads, and structural parts in aluminum. The division's business also includes other castings, plain bearings and continuous castings.

The Pierburg brand covers KSPG's Mechatronics division: modules and assemblies for emission control, solenoid valves, actuators and valve train systems, oil, water and vacuum pumps for cars, trucks and offroad vehicles.

Last but not least, the Aftermarket division under the Motorservice brand embraces global aftermarket business in the Group's and third-party products in over 130 countries. As a foremost supplier of engine components Motorservice offers its customers from a single source an extensive lineup of engine parts.