thyssenkrupp to invest in automotive components business in Eastern Europe

  • New plant for engine components and steering systems will cost around 100 million euros
  • New orders enable profitable growth of components business
  • New localization strategy creates competitive and cost advantages

thyssenkruppThe technology group thyssenkrupp is to build a new automotive components plant in Hungary. The company will invest around 100 million euros in a new production site for engine components and steering systems. Construction of the plant in Jászfényszaru, 70 kilometers east of Budapest, will start in spring 2016, with production of electronic power-assisted steering systems and cylinder head covers with integrated camshafts planned to commence in 2018. thyssenkrupp will create around 500 new jobs at the site in the coming years. The expansion of production capacities in Hungary is necessary because thyssenkrupp’s components division has recently acquired major orders from international OEMs. This will enable thyssenkrupp to continue its profitable growth and regionalization strategy for the components business.

Dr. Karsten Kroos, CEO of thyssenkrupp’s Components Technology business area: “This investment follows our strategy towards standardization and cost optimization in the automotive components business. For the first time in Europe we are localizing production of two different technologies at one site. That will be an immense help in offering competitive cost structures. We have already enjoyed success with this strategy in China and will also be employing it in other growth markets.”

In Shanghai thyssenkrupp opened a chassis components plant in 2014 producing both steering and damping systems. The main advantages of the approach are central project planning, joint use of plant infrastructure, faster implementation of improvement measures and lower administrative costs.
For electronic power-assisted steering systems alone the company has received auto industry orders worth around seven billion euros in recent months. Likewise, the demand for cylinder head cover modules with integrated, assembled camshafts is still high. The special design of the module permits customers weight savings of up to 30 percent, lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions.

“Hungary offers good conditions for our growth plans. Its central location, good infrastructure and highly skilled labor force are the main reasons for expanding our business activities in Hungary,” said Kroos.

thyssenkrupp already operates a software development center for steering technology in Budapest, where some 400 software engineers work to develop solutions for electro-mechanical steering systems for the automotive industry. In 2013 thyssenkrupp also opened a new front and rear axle assembly plant for Audi in the Hungarian city of Győr.

thyssenkrupp in the automotive industry
thyssenkrupp is one of the world’s leading suppliers of materials and components to the auto industry. Nine out of ten premium class cars are fitted with components made by the company. One in three trucks feature drive components from thyssenkrupp. In the 2014/2015 fiscal year thyssenkrupp’s sales in the automotive sector came to around 9.8 billion euros. Customers include practically all the big auto manufacturers.

thyssenkrupp Components Technology business area
Employing around 30,000 people thyssenkrupp’s Components Technology business area produces high-tech components worldwide for the automotive and machinery sectors. In the auto sector the product range includes assembled camshafts, cylinder head modules with integrated camshafts, crankshafts, steering and damping systems, springs and stabilizers as well as the assembly of axle modules. In the machinery sector thyssenkrupp supplies components for construction equipment, wind turbines and numerous general engineering applications. In fiscal year 2014/2015 the Components Technology business area achieved sales of 6.8 billion euros.