Opole, Poland, November 6th, 2017
International Automotive Components (IAC), officially opened its state-of-the-art plant for tailored interiors in Opole, Poland. The new location will serve as the company’s centre of excellence for highly crafted cut-and-sewn, and hand-wrapped components, starting with premium instrument panels. The new operation is predicted to create about 550 skilled jobs in the region.
IAC has invested more than $20 million (USD) into the new location, which will cover an area of over 27,000 square metres (290,625 square feet) at its completion. The facility went from groundbreaking to serial production in just seven months and it is positioned to accommodate further growth.
“From a strategic point of view, Opole is an ideal location for us. Eastern Europe continues to be a strong growth region for the automotive. At this new location, we can focus on our first-class manufacturing skills and serve our premium customers across Europe,” said Jonas Nilsson, President, European Region, IAC Group. “We are in the process of recruiting a large, skilled workforce who shares IAC’s passion for quality and superior customer service in delivering our stylish, premium products that go into some of the most successful Scandinavian vehicles around the globe.”
“Tailored, highly crafted interiors are, and will continue to be, core to our product portfolio. Our research shows that the demand for wrapped interior components using leather, artificial leather, and premium textiles will grow substantially to support the consumer’s desire for a personalised driving experience. This is especially true for the premium vehicle segment, in which IAC has its strength. As we move towards fully autonomous vehicles, individual flexibility of the interiors is expected to drive demand for handcrafted solutions and integrated electronic functions in interior components. That is why we expect an increase in wrapped products globally by 38 percent from six million parts to about nine million in the next three years,” said Marcus Nyman, Senior VP-Global Strategic Development, IAC Group.
Nilsson even stated that the company will aim to develop and explore new products and technologies, for example, exploring new synthetic materials with the look and feel of natural leather and antiseptic features will be of importance, as the usage rate of vehicles increases with the trend of shared mobility.
The grand opening ceremony was held on October 24, 2017 and was attended by IAC top management and employees, together with client representatives and local authorities.