International Automotive Components (IAC) has announced the opening of its new greenfield plant for tailored interiors in Opole, Poland. IAC said this facility will also serve as the company’s centre of excellence for highly crafted cut-and-sewn and hand-wrapped components, starting with premium instrument panels.
IAC is said to have invested over $ 20 mn into this new location, which covers an area of over 27,000 sq m on completion. This new operation will also create about 550 skilled jobs in the region. The facility went from ground-breaking to start of serial production in just seven months and it is positioned to accommodate further growth, the company noted.
Jonas Nilsson, President, European Region, IAC Group, said from a strategic point of view, Opole is an ideal location for the company as Eastern Europe continues to be a strong growth region for automotive. At this new location, IAC can focus on its first-class manufacturing skills and serve its premium customers across Europe, he added. Nilsson also said that IAC is in the process of recruiting a large, skilled workforce to deliver premium products that go into some of the most successful Scandinavian vehicles around the globe. He noted that IAC Opole will serve as the company’s Centre of Excellence for tailored interiors, combining superior manufacturing and processes with development capabilities.
Tailored, highly crafted interiors are, and will continue to be, core to the company’s product portfolio, observed Marcus Nyman, Senior Vice President, Global Strategic Development, IAC Group. Research shows that demand for wrapped interior components using leather, artificial leather, and premium textiles will grow substantially to support the consumer’s desire for a personalised driving experience, he added. Nyman said, “As we move towards fully autonomous vehicles, individual flexibility of the interiors is expected to drive demand for handcrafted solutions and integrated electronic functions in interior components.”