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Szijjarto: Audi to expand tools plant in NW Hungary

Audi Hungaria is expanding its tools plant in Gyor, north-west Hungary, investing 3.8 billion forints (EUR 10.5m), Peter Szijjarto, the minister of foreign affairs and trade, said on Tuesday.

The government is supporting the investment with a 1.2 billion forint grant, which is expected to preserve 700 jobs, the minister said.

Szijjarto praised Audi’s cooperation in the coronavirus protection effort, noting the company had helped in the inoculation of some 3,000 people so far and will take on a similar effort in the near future.

Szijjarto insisted that Hungary’s response to the pandemic in terms of protecting the economy and providing health care was “the most successful in Europe”. German companies, which decided to use government support and invest in Hungary rather than laying off employees, had a great role in that success, he added.

German automotive companies alone make up 30 percent of Hungarian industrial output and employ 170,000 people, he added.

With all domestic players focusing on electro-mobility, Hungary hopes to strengthen its leading role in the industry “in the new era of car manufacturing”, he said. Audi’s plant in Gyor makes electric motors using technologies that are essential for economic renewal, he said.

Alfons Dintner, the head of Audi Hungaria’s board, thanked the government for its support and said the construction works to enlarge the manufacturing plant by 3,800sqm and the logistics plant by 2,500sqm would be ready by the summer of 2022.

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