VMI Opens New Manufacturing Facility in Poland

On September 5th, VMI opened its new manufacturing facility in Leszno, Poland. The plant was officially opened by Mr Lukasz Borowiak, mayor of Leszno and Mr Alexander van der Lof, Chairman of the Executive Board of TKH Group.

The facility, built on an 8 hectare plot of land, comprises 13,500 m2 of manufacturing floor space, warehousing and offices. After the groundbreaking ceremony in November of last year, construction took only eight months. The plant currently offers employment to 70 people and thus is expected to grow to over 150 employees before mid-2018. The state-of-the-art manufacturing facility produces according to the latest Lean principles and is entirely prepared for future capacity expansion.

VMI Poland is a key element in VMI’s growth strategy and instrumental to the realisation of the ambitious plans of VMI Group. The new facility helps shorten the delivery time of VMI’s high end equipment, while maintaining a competitive cost level. The facility operates next to the existing sites of the VMI Group, which now has entities in 8 countries on 4 continents.

Harm Voortman, President and CEO of VMI Group commented: “This new manufacturing facility brings our global production capacity in line with current high order intake volumes and enables us to prepare for further growth. Our commitment to supply the market innovative solutions is clearly visible in this ultra-modern facility. We welcome the young and ambitious team of VMI Poland and wish them a lot of success.”

About the author

David is the Owner and Publisher of Retreading Business. With over 30 years' experience as a specialist tyre industry journalist, he first entered the tyre industry in 1987 as Editor of Tyres & Accessories. He was Editor of Tyre Trade News between 1993-96 before establishing Retreading Business in 1997. In 2004 he acquired the Malaysian tyre magazine The Tyreman, before establishing Tyre & Rubber Recycling in 2009. In addition to his publishing ventures, he was also Director of the Retread Manufacturers' Association between 2004 and 2014.

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