Poland - The commercial vehicle maker is readying its plant in Starachowice, which is located in the south east, for the mass production of its Lion's City E buses in 2020. Work is expected to be fully completed in 2021, and will cost around €27.4m (US$31.41m).
MAN has not revealed details of the work taking place to ensure the plant can make the model, though has stated that it will include a "modernisation" project. It is currently the only bus production facility in Poland to include a cathodic dip painting (CDP) unit for corrosion resistance and paint adherence, which is used on all buses that are made at the site.
A total of 1,724 buses rolled off production lines at Starachowice in 2017. According to MAN, the facility is a "centre of excellence" for the production of low-floor city buses.
Last year, MAN announced that it would invest €2.4bn in the modernisation of its existing plants and the construction of new facilities. This is partly down to its electrification plans. According to Joachim Drees, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus, "60% of local public transport will operate on electric vehicles."