Poland – The OEM has allocated a new generation of mid-size diesel engines to its facility in the Katowice Special Economic Zone, with production set to begin in 2017. Annual capacity will be 200,000 units.

The investment is the largest in the history of the Tychy plant and will enable the extension and modernisation of its infrastructure; the upgrade will include additional buildings and new manufacturing technology. Floor space will increase by 30% with the addition of high-tech production and testing lines, plus storage areas. Construction and installation of the new equipment will continue until 2016.

“The new investment moves the GM Manufacturing Poland plant to the next development level,” commented the facility’s managing director, Andrzej Korpak. He said its portfolio of modern engines and vehicles would contribute to “the Opel/Vauxhall product offensive”.

The all-aluminium, 1.6-litre, four-cylinder engines be installed in a wide range of Opel/Vauxhall models.