Economy Ministry: Slovakia Was on Shortlist for BMW’s New Plant

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BMW plant (photo by TASR)

Bratislava, July 31 (TASR) – Slovakia was on the shortlist for a new BMW plant, said Economy Ministry spokesman Maros Stano in connection with the carmaker’s announcement that it will build a new plant near the Hungarian city of Debrecen.

“The Economy Ministry has been saying all along that it’s been holding talks on the Hanuska industrial park with several investors engaged in various sectors, including the automotive industry. We can confirm that Slovakia made it onto the shortlist of countries for a new BMW plant. The Economy Ministry won’t comment on the carmaker’s decision before official information is available to it. However, negotiations with other companies interested in investing in the locality continue,” stressed Stano.
DPA agency has stated that BMW will build a new plant for €1 billion in Hungary. It will be located near Debrecen and employ over 1,000 people. As many as 150,000 vehicles per year with combustion, hybrid and electric engines should be manufactured there, the German plant announced earlier on Tuesday. The construction of the plant should be launched in a year, while the date of its completion and the type of models that it will produce are still open,” said the BMW spokesman.
BMW cited good infrastructure, proximity to a supply chain and qualified labour among the reasons for its decision to choose Debrecen.