New investment confirmed for GM plant in Katowice Special Economic Zone

General Motors revealed on Thursday that it will invest more than EUR 500 million in three engine and transmission plants in Europe. One of the plants will be located in Tychy within the Katowice Special Economic Zone.

The auto manufacturer declared additional investments of more than half a billion euro in the engine and transmission plants in Rüsselsheim, Kaiserslautern (both in Germany) and Tychy, thus providing the impetus for Opel to move to the next stage of its powertrain offensive with fuel efficient engines and transmissions.

General Motors will produce diesel engines in the existing plant in Tychy. The production start is scheduled for 2017, according to the Polish Press Agency. About 200 thousand pieces of the new engines are planned to be manufactured every year. The investment in Tychy will be worth approximately EUR 250 million, the agency reported.

The Tychy plant was established in 1996 and started production in 1999. Since then the plant manufactured over 2,5 million engines for Opel/Vauxhall. The engines are for the models Corsa, Meriva, Combo, Astra and Zafira. The plant’s mission is “To build Europe’s best diesel engine”. About 550 people are employed in the 21ha plant.