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Skoda Auto Opens New Technology Centre

Opening of Skoda Auto's new technology centre - Image Source Skoda Auto29th December, 2008

  • Top-class automotive development competences
  • CZK 1.159 billion (AUD $90.5 million) investment

Skoda Auto's brand new technology centre has been opened in Mladá Boleslav by Volkswagen AG BOD Chairman Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn and Škoda Auto's BOD Chairman Reinhard Jung, and Dr. Eckhard Scholz, BOD Member for Technological Development.

By completing the construction of the new centre, Skoda Auto has reinforced its development position across the VW Group. The Company has invested CZK $1.159 billion to provide 300 new jobs, primarily for mechanical and electrical engineers and other highly qualified specialists. Vacancies have been gradually filled since 2005, and the number of technological development professionals in the Czech Republic's largest car manufacturer still keeps growing. While in 1996 Skoda Auto employed 925 people in this area, in the second half of this year the number was 1,563.

In this connection, the total area of technological development sites has been extended by about 70%, to 44,432 m2. The need of new premises arose from product portfolio extensions, increasing technological and legislative requirements and growing requirements on the customers' part.

“The Czech Republic's technical education sector produces highly qualified experts with world-class knowledge and skills. Our efforts aimed at reinforcing Škoda Auto's position as an expert centre to be actively involved in the VW Group's worldwide automotive development operations therefore makes perfect sense,” stressed Professor Dr. Martin Winterkorn.

“Škoda Auto's new technology centre plays a key role in the Czech Republic's practice-oriented support of science and research. Offering a huge potential in terms of future university dissertations, the state-of-the-art analytic and testing systems at the Technology Centre will be a great asset for students. The future of Škoda Auto in Mladá Boleslav is now based on both production facilities and the Company's own top-class technological development centre,” said Reinhard Jung.

“The construction of the new Technology Centre is part of the long-planned extension of Škoda Auto's technological development operations, reinforces Škoda Auto's research competences across the VW Group and makes it possible to continue the Company's tradition of developing and designing automobiles in the Czech Republic, said Dr. Eckhard Scholz.

The new Technology Centre has been built on a former industrial and warehousing site, right next to Skoda Auto's old technological development compound. As the building is located in a flood zone, it has been built on piles, thanks to which the ground-floor area offers 300 parking spaces for test cars and company vehicles. The site is going to be put into full operation in mid-2009, when the process of installing technology and equipment is due to be completed. Besides offices, the centre's operations will include electronics and electrical engineering development laboratories and workshops, engine and chassis development sites, acoustics and noise test rooms, a sunlight simulation test facility, climate chambers and a light tunnel.

In other Skoda news, the Australian 'arm' of the company is preparing for the local launch of the new Skoda Superb in February and the revised Skoda Octavia in March 2009.

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