FRANKFURT, GERMANY – Kion Group AG is building a new industrial truck plant in Kołbaskowo, near Szczecin in Poland.
Construction on the plant will commence this year, with the site set to come on stream in early 2021. The plant will produce Linde counterbalance trucks for loads up to 3.5 tonnes, including model series which are currently manufactured in Aschaffenburg,Germany, and Xiamen, China.
Capital expenditure on this project will amount to over EUR60 million, and the factory will create more than 150 jobs at the site by 2023.
The 18-hectare site will incorporate a cutting-edge production facility, a research and development centre, and an administrative office covering almost 44,000 sq. meters.
The additional plant in Poland will complement Kion Group’s existing production facilities across Europe and cater to customers with less intensive utilization in the EMEA region.
“The new site in the heart of Europe will allow us to make further inroads into this fast-moving, high-potential market,” says Gordon Riske, CEO of Kion Group.
“The location near the German-Polish border has the additional benefit of easy access to an excellent network of suppliers,” he adds, highlighting the advantages of the new site.
Kion Group companies have had a presence in the Polish market for many decades. More than 29,000 new trucks were ordered in Poland last year, of which almost a third were produced by Kion brand companies.
A comparison of global new truck orders highlights considerable long-term growth potential in the Polish market. Whereas recent figures show that only 600 new trucks were ordered in Poland per million inhabitants, in the USA it was 750 and in Germany just under 1,200.