The Kravtex-Kühne Group's new 4,000-square-meter production hall was inaugurated in Mosonmagyaróvár, NW Hungary on Friday, expanding the bus factory's floor space to more than 20,000 square meters.
István Krankovics, chairman of the group's board of directors, said that the Credobus plant, part of the Kravtex-Kühne group, has been expanding continuously since 2008, and this is the third stage of the bus factory's investment. The government has contributed a total of HUF 470 million to the HUF 2 billion development.
According to a press release issued by the company, the investment has created a domestically-owned bus manufacturing capacity that could supply the entire Hungarian market. After the hall is equipped and the production equipment is installed, 1,000 bus chassis structures can be produced in Kühne and transported to nearby Győr for assembly in multiple shifts from 2023.
The hall's power supply was designed to ensure high-capacity charging of the electric buses that will be produced in the coming years.
The investment is linked to a major expansion of the painting plant, which has almost doubled the painting capacity within the factory. The new preparation and painting booths will allow the Econell Next range to be painted in two tones in large series.
The new hall will be used for the chassis production of the articulated Econell 18 Next model, which was launched last autumn and is the world's lightest articulated bus in the 18-meter category. In the future, the group's zero-emission, battery-powered and hydrogen-powered electric buses will be built here.
The production of components in the extended production hall ensures high added value of the products. In addition to chassis structures, hundreds of metal parts developed in-house for buses are also produced.
The major part of the project, worth a total of HUF 2 billion, will consist of equipment purchases. Among other things, a new laser cutting machine, machining centers and a two-column band saw have been installed.
Robot technology has also been introduced at the plant, with robotic welding providing three times the productivity for certain products.
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