Kion Group AG has opened a new industrial truck plant in the Polish town of Kołbaskowo, near Szczecin. The site will produce counterbalance trucks for all brand companies within the Kion Industrial Trucks & Services segment.
This includes model series previously produced at sites in western Europe, with the aim of enhancing the degree of automation and digitalization at those sites. In order to speed up delivery times, model series that are currently only produced in Xiamen, China, will also be manufactured in Kołbaskowo as of next year, the company says in a press release. The new plant in Poland adds to the group’s existing European-wide production sites and will focus on products for customers in the EMEA region with less demanding applications. “The new site in the heart of Europe will allow us to make further inroads into this fast-moving, high-potential market segment,” says Gordon Riske, Chief Executive Officer of Kion Group AG, in the press release. “The location near the German-Polish border has the additional benefit of easy access to an excellent network of suppliers.” Through its three strong brand companies, Linde Material Handling, STILL, and Baoli, the Kion Group is looking to do even more to support its customers with the growth of the intralogistics market in the EMEA region. It has invested a total of around EUR 80 million in the new plant to achieve this goal. Kion plans to create up to 400 jobs at the Polish site by the end of 2023.