Expanding its manufacturing footprint further into Eastern Europe, International Automotive Components (IAC) broke ground for a greenfield plant in Opole, Poland. The facility, which will manufacture tailored instrument panels for premium passenger cars, will be operational in mid-2017 and accounts for an investment of about $20 million. IAC Opole will be built in steps over the course of 2017, and will cover 27,000 sq m (290,625 square feet). It will serve as the company’s 27th plant in Europe, further extending IAC’s manufacturing footprint in the growing Eastern European automotive region. Although initially built to provide premium customised instrument panels, the plant has been designed to support future growth by supplying other interiors products to vehicle manufacturers in the region, as many international OEMs are establishing, or already have plants within 100 to 450 km from IAC Opole. The facility will be built in accordance with IAC’s world class manufacturing standards and will initially focus on highly crafted cut & sew operations as well as hand-wrapped premium instrument panels.