Demand for Hyundai's new cars such as the Hyundai i30 has prompted the manufacturer to increase the rate of production at its manufacturing plant in the Czech Republic.
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC) originally planned to move from a two-shift to a three-shift pattern at the start of October, but in light of constantly increasing demand, the company decided to introduce the increased work rate on Monday (19 September) instead.
The 200-hectare plant has reacted to surge in demand for the ix35 and is also preparing for production of the new-generation i30 model, which will go on sale early next year.
HMMC, which has moved from one shift to three in less than three years, has hired 800 new employees to work on the new shift. Hyundai's suppliers are also ramping up production. The manufacturer produces cars to a 'just-in-time' strategy, based on fluent supply of components from suppliers to keep storage space to a minimum.
In total, Hyundai and its suppliers employ 10 thousand people in the Nošovice area of the Czech Republic where the plant is based.
Hyundai's sister manufacturer, Kia, has also revealed plans to increase its production. Kia is to introduce a third production shift at its European production facility in Slovakia and recruit 1000 new employees to keep up with rising demand. Recruitment will be completed by December to allow three-shift operations at Zilina in the first quarter of 2012.