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Szijjarto inaugurates Schaeffler plant in western Hungary

Trade turnover between Hungary and Germany is expected to hit a record and surpass 60 billion euros this year, Peter Szijjarto, the minister of foreign affairs and trade, said on Friday in Szombathely in western Hungary, where he attended the inauguration of a new plant of the Schaeffler Group.

The factory of the German conglomerate will manufacture parts connected to electromobility, and will create 200 new jobs, Szijjarto said. The government supported the 23.5 billion forint (EUR 67.1m) green-field investment with a 5 billion forint grant, he added.

Schaeffler currently has 3,000 employees in Hungary, he said.

The electric car industry “is the future”, Szijjarto said at the event. Hungary has seen 34 large investments in the sector in the past five years, he said. It is also the 13th largest car part exporter in the world, with cutting-edge technology that continues to draw further investors, he said.

Szijjarto called Hungarian-German economic ties a “success story”, noting that some 6,000 German companies employ 300,000 Hungarians.

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