In line with the rapid expansion of automotive production in Eastern Europe in the 90’s and the need to open up new competitive manufacturing resources, the owners of the automotive supplier Huf decided also to go East. The choice fell on Poland, where major OEMs like Volkswagen, Opel and – since long – Fiat were situated.
At first, Huf rented a building in Katowice. In this region, industries like mining, paper, textile, engineering and automotive were already present. Huf started in Katowice with the assembly of switching modules for Mercedes. Soon, further projects followed, including brackets for the Mercedes W210, tailgate latches and glove compartment latches.
In 2001, the Huf Polska team established a production with six assembly lines for BMW 3 series door brackets. By then, the number of employees of the automotive supplier had risen to 26 and production space became too tight. To allow the rise from a supportive extended work-bench to a fully integrated production, the decision fell to build a new plant in the new special economic zone of Tychy, 20 kilometers from Katowice. Here, the local government offered ample opportunity for investors to expand their business. Moreover, Tychy already was the core of an automotive industry cluster, as Fiat had opened a new plant to produce the legendary Polski Fiat (Fiat 126p) here in 1975.
Automotive supplier Huf Polska with rapid expansion in Tychy
“Tychy is an attractive town with a long industrial tradition, and we can rely on a good infrastructure as well as a pool of qualified employees. This is one of the reasons why Huf Polska was able to grow quickly since we moved to the new premises in Tychy in March 2003,” explains Krystian Irasiak, Human Resources Manager at Huf Polska. “Moreover, we had a highly motivated workforce right from the start who worked quite a few miracles,” he adds.