Indianapolis, Indiana – Firestone Industrial Products Company, LLC (FSIP) 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 2,000 square metres to its existing plant in Wolsztyn, Poland, where it has been manufacturing products for commercial vehicles and passenger cars since 2005.
Firestone will also open a new distribution center in the nearby city of Chobienice, in Poland, according to a 30-Sept statement by the Bridgestone-owned company.
The expansions, the cost of which were not disclosed, are expected to increase the company’s 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.
The new facility is scheduled to be fully operational by the second half of 2020, the company added.
The 10,000-square-metre Chobienice distribution center will be located a short distance from the Wolsztyn manufacturing site, creating an efficient flow of products between the facilities.
According to Firestone, the decision to expand the operations was made amid continuing growth in the European market.
“We see more interest from OEMs that want to equip next generation vehicles with the latest air suspension technologies,” said Emily Poladian, president of Firestone Industrial Products.
Commenting on the expansion, plant manager, Wolsztyn, 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,” he concluded.