SCHATTDORF, Switzerland (June 24, 2010)—Daetwyler Holding A.G. plans to move production of automotive components from Schattdorf to its industrial product plant in Malyn, Ukraine.
Until recently, the CJSC Daetwyler Rubber Ukraine plant at Malyn, northwest of Kiev, manufactured strictly industrial products, for industrial customers such as Stihl, VFG, and Sulzer, the parent company said.
The Ukraine facility's location offers long-term and cost-effective supply of the Eastern Europe, a market that is constantly growing in importance, Daetwyler said, but certification was lacking to produce automotive elastomer parts. However, the company expanded the processes and infrastructure of the plant, and the factory now has automotive standard TS 16949 certification.
Daetwyler Rubber plans to relocate production of several products of a current automotive customer from Switzerland to Ukraine. Initial parts already have been produced at the Ukraine site and are in the sampling process, Daetwyer said, with more to follow.
The company didn't say how the transfer of production would affect employment at the Daetwyler Switzerland facility in Schattdorf.