and industrial supplier Schaeffler has opened a new production facility at its
Szombathely location in the west of Hungary and creates 150 new jobs in
e-mobility. The facility is Schaeffler’s first production plant fully dedicated
to electro-mobility and gives the group a new center of excellence for the
production of components and systems for electrified powertrains. The
facility’s operational footprint has been gold-certified by the German
Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) and represents a major step forward towards
achieving Schaeffler’s goal of making its production activities worldwide
carbon-neutral by 2030.
new facility in Szombathely is a milestone in the transformation of our company
and embodies our strategic priorities of innovation, agility and efficiency,”
said Klaus Rosenfeld, CEO of Schaeffler AG. “The goal is sustainable mobility,
and we are determined to make real progress in that direction as a key
technology partner for our customers by leveraging our global network of
production facilities. The new plant also highlights our ambitions to continue
our strong growth in e-mobility.”
“Factory for tomorrow” today
II provides around 15,000 square meters of space for the production of
innovative powertrain components and solutions, such as electric motors and
hybrid drives. Designed as a “factory for tomorrow,” it features a high degree
of automation, modular production buildings, and end-to-end digitalization.
Automated production lines and extensive use of industrial robots guarantee the
clean, dust-free environment required by sensitive production processes used
for assemblies such as stators and rotors and the integration of magnets for
synchronous and asynchronous motors. Schaeffler will increase the facility’s
round-the-clock output capacity to 800,000 products a year by 2023, and has
further plans to expand its annual output of finished products for premium
partners in the auto industry to 1.8 million between 2026 and 2029. “Schaeffler
has conquered its place in the e-mobility market with products that offer the
combined benefits of superior technology, cost-effectiveness and
sustainability,” said Dr Jochen Schröder, President of the E-Mobility division
of Schaeffler AG.
added, “The Schaeffler Group expects to be generating new orders of between 2
and 3 billion euros annually from its e-mobility business from 2022 on.
Szombathely will make a major contribution towards this growth as a center of
excellence operating in close alignment with our main electro-mobility plant in
Facility sets new standards in sustainability
work on Szombathely II, the Schaeffler Group’s second plant in western Hungary,
started in 2020. The new facility is located about three kilometers from the
first one, which opened back in 1996. The new plant’s electricity is supplied
by photovoltaic arrays in combination with rooftop solar panels, which together
will save up to 4,000 metric tons of CO2 annually. To help conserve natural
resources, the plant re-uses treated wastewater and incorporates a rainwater
collection basin. It is also extremely energy efficient, featuring heat pumps,
a smart heating and cooling system, and a smart LED lighting system.
Schaeffler’s total sustainability concept also includes on-site outdoor nature
zones and an organic pond for enhanced local biodiversity.