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Škoda Auto’s new Technology Centre expansion has been officially opened today in Mladá Boleslav by Volkswagen AG BOD Chairman Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Škoda Auto’s BOD Chairman Reinhard Jung and Dr. Eckhard Scholz, BOD Member for Technological Development.
By completing the construction of the new centre, Škoda Auto has reinforced its development position across the Volkswagen Group. The Company has invested CZK 1,1591 million to create 300 new jobs, primarily for mechanical and electrical engineers and other highly qualified specialists. Vacancies have been gradually filled since 2005, and the number of technological development professionals in the Czech Republic’s largest car manufacturer keeps growing. While in 1996 Škoda Auto employed 925 people in this area, the second half of this year saw the number increase to 1,563.
With the new building, the total area of technological development sites has been increased by about 70%, to 44,432 m2. The need for new premises arose from Skoda product portfolio extensions, increasing technological and legislative requirements and growing requirements on the customers’ part.
“The Czech Republic’s technical education sector produces highly qualified experts with world-class knowledge and skills. To be actively involved in the Volkswagen Group’s worldwide automotive development operations, it makes perfect sense that our efforts are aimed to reinforce Skoda Auto’s position as an expert centre,” stressed Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn.
“Škoda Auto’s new Technology Centre plays a key role in the Czech Republic’s practical-orientation in support of science and research. Offering huge potential in terms of future university research, the state-of-the-art analytic and testing systems at the Technology Centre will be a great asset for students. The future of Škoda Auto in Mladá Boleslav is now based on both production facilities and the Company’s own top-class technological development centre,” said Reinhard Jung.
“The construction of the new Technology Centre is part of the planned extension of Škoda Auto’s technological development operations. This reinforces Škoda Auto’s research competences across the Volkswagen Group and makes it possible to continue the Company’s tradition of developing and designing automobiles in the Czech Republic,” said Dr. Eckhard Scholz.
The new Technology Centre has been built on a former industrial and warehousing site, next to Škoda Auto’s existing technological development compound. As the building is located in a flood plain, it has been built on pillars, thanks to which the ground-floor area offers 300 parking spaces for test cars and company vehicles. The site will be put into full operation in mid-2009, when the process of installing technology and equipment is to be completed. Besides offices, the centre’s operations will include electronics and electrical engineering development laboratories and workshops, with engine and chassis development sites, acoustics and noise test rooms, a sunlight simulation test facility, climate chambers and a light tunnel.

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