Bratislava, April 20 (TASR) – Slovakia produced a record 1,038,503 vehicles in 2015, an increase of almost 70,000 vehicles, the Automobile Industry Association (ZAP) reported on Wednesday.
Car production represented some 44 percent of the nation’s industrial production and 40 percent of its exports. ZAP president Juraj Sinay said that Slovakia is the global leader in terms of the number of vehicles produced per capita on 190 vehicles per 1,000 people.
“The automobile industry experienced a very propitious year, even so propitious that we’re afraid of not being able to keep up such a fast progress,” said Sinay. He has concerns about labour mobility, for example, he told a press conference in Bratislava.
This sector currently employs 125,848 people, of which 18,116 work directly for car manufacturers and 107,732 are employed in sub-suppliers’ networks.
ZAP appreciated the fact that Cabinet included verbatim formulations of its demands in the Government Manifesto. “We’re glad that the area of dual education was almost exactly copied from our demands. The same goes for industrial research and innovation,” added Sinay.
A small part of the Manifesto is dedicated to electric cars and alternative fuels. ZAP president Sinay said that it’s essential to create motivation for people to purchase such an automobile and to see the infrastructure that goes with it in place.
ZAP’s expectations for 2016 are more cautious, though it is forecast that, once again, more than a million vehicles will be produced here.
“We’re slowly reaching the limit of the capacities of our three automobile manufacturers. That’s why we think that the next increase won’t be in tens or hundreds of thousands. If we want to see further rise in the numbers, we’ll have to wait for the fourth manufacturer – Jaguar Land Rover near Nitra – which is to start production in 2018,” said Jaroslav Holecek, ZAP executive vice-president.