Analysis

AWS invests £1M in Slovakia adding second automotive line

25th August 2016
Peter Smith

AWS Electronics Group just announced further expansion at its manufacturing centre in Námestovo, Slovakia. The £1M investment – AWS’ third phase of development at the site - almost doubles the available production space enabling a second automotive line to be located at the facility.

The automotive sector is one of the main contributors to the company’s continued growth and a major driver for the expansion while other sectors such as lighting, scientific instrumentation, medical and general industrial are also performing well.

Comments AWS Electronics’ CEO Paul Deehan: “Our strategy of continually investing and exspanding our Slovakian facility in a region which is physically close to significant existing and potential new customers is working very well. Education in Slovakia generally and locally in Námestovo is of a very high standard, so our workforce there is extrememly capable and well qualified. They are working to world class manufacturing methods, procedures and international accreditations that are standardised in our UK site also. Nine years ago we started with 12 people at small facility in Slovakia 2km from where we are now located – now we have 250 staff  and they are excited to be working with state-of-the-art production and test equipment, which is the same as the resource available at the UK plant and operated using a central, company-wide, real time manufacturing control system.”

AWS Electronics’ Slovakian manufacturing centre carries ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 13485 approvals and is working towards ISO/ TS 16949 automotive certification with completion of final audits due at the end of 2016.

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