Czech Republic - The new competence centre is situated at the OEM's production site in Kvasiny, where it makes around 1,000 of the Superb and Kodiaq models per day. It cost €13.5m (US$16.13m) to build, and allows the company to carry out testing and quality assessment alongside logistics training and manufacturing.
"Our investments and the opening of the new, multifunctional competence centre are the next big step in consistently and sustainably preparing the Kvasiny site for the developments in the automotive industry," said Michael Oeljeklaus, Skoda board member for production and logistics. "The plant will play a crucial role in achieving our production goals, which we have defined as part of our 2025 strategy."
Numerous tests can be carried out the centre, such as vehicle acoustics, odour and vibration. It also includes a water chamber, in which a variety of conditions can be simulated from fine drizzle to tropical downpours. In the logistics area, workers are trained to handle small and large load carriers, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and trailers with E-frames.
Back in January 2017, Skoda celebrated reaching the 2m production milestone at its Kvasiny plant. It also said that it would invest in the facility in order to ramp up production to 300,000 vehicles per year.