WOLSZTYN, Poland—Firestone Industrial Products Co. L.L.C. is making a "significant" investment in its operations in Central Europe, in response to the growing demand for air suspension technologies throughout the region.
The supplier of air springs and antivibration technologies is adding more than 21,500 square feet to its existing plant in Wolsztyn where it has been manufacturing products for commercial vehicles and passenger cars since 2005.
Firestone also will open a new distribution center in the nearby city of Chobienice, Poland, according to a Sept. 30 statement.
While the Bridgestone-owned company did not disclose the investment costs associated with the expansions, it did note that it expects to increase the development and production capabilities and support improved logistics for customers. To be able to supply to "well-known" European automotive OEMs, the expanded plant in Wolsztyn will be equipped with new, innovative machinery and an ISO class 8 cleanroom, according to Firestone.
Wolsztyn Plant Manager Pawel Krystek said the investment in manufacturing and distribution facilities in Europe was "a crucial part" of the company's effort to respond to market demand.
"Firestone Industrial Products looks forward to continuing to support our partners with the expanded capabilities at our Wolsztyn plant and Chobienice distribution center," Krystek said.
The new facility is scheduled to be fully operational by the second half of 2020, the company added.
Meanwhile, Firestone said the 107,600-sq.-ft. Chobienice distribution center will be located a short distance from the Wolsztyn manufacturing site, creating an efficient flow of products between the facilities.