Hyundai’s Czech car plant crosses 3 million production milestone

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 30 May 2019

Hyundai Motor is celebrating the 3 million cars produced at its Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC) plant in Nosovice, Czech Republic. In May 2019, HMMC produced the car with a serial number 3,000,000.

The landmark car was an i30 N, Hyundai’s popular high-performance model, and was ordered by a customer from Germany.  In addition to the i30 N, other Hyundai models produced at HMMC include the i30 range. The New Tucson, which features a 48-volt mild hybrid engine, is also produced at the plant.

Dong Woo Choi, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor Europe HQ, said: “This is a significant achievement for HMMC and further demonstrates how Hyundai’s commitment to the European market has been very successful. In coming years, we will continue to offer the highest quality cars with the best technology to all customers.”

“Reaching the 3 millionth production number is a fantastic milestone for HMMC, Europe’s most modern production plant,” says Dong Hwan Yang, HMMC president. ”I want to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our employees, who produce 1,500 Hyundai cars each day. I look forward to celebrating this important milestone with them and many special guests.”

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC) was set up in 2008 and employs 3,300 people. HMMC is Europe’s most modern production plant, with 500 high-tech robots. Its advanced technologies and waste-management systems ensure exceptionally high levels of quality, while keeping the impact on the environment to a minimum.

Mass production began at HMMC on November 3, 2008 in a one-shift operation (above). The second shift was launched in September 2009 and the third in September 2011 when the full then-planned capacity of 300,000 cars a year was reached.

Since 2011, more than 1,508.000 C-segment SUVs have been produced at HMMC. In 2018, production exceeded 340,000 cars which were exported to 69 countries globally. As HMMC is the sole Hyundai manufacturing plant within the European Union, the majority of its production is shipped to European countries. The company says significant volumes will also be exported to countries such as Mexico, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Australia. The five largest customers – Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, Spain and Italy – received 49 per cent of the total produced cars.

Among the 3,000,000 models produced and sold by HMMC, 905,500 Tucson models have been produced, accounting for 30 percent of the total. Meanwhile, a combined 1,077,700 models of three generations of the i30 have been made at the plant, which amounts to a 36 per cent share.

Hyundai also has a production plant in Izmit, Turkey. Hyundai Assan Otomotiv Sanayi (HAOS) started production back in September 1997 and is the company’s longest-running plant outside of Korea. With almost 2,500 employees, it produces i10 and i20 compact hatchbacks mainly for European markets. The plant has an annual capacity of 245,000 units and has four main production lines, consisting of press, body, paint and assembly.


Production Launch Ceremony (10. November 2008)

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