Rheinmetall AG of Düsseldorf, Germany, today unveiled details of its plans for a new plant in eastern Slovakia and a massive investment in the Slovak economy. The company hopes to supply 152 KF41 Lynx infantry fighting vehicles as part of the Slovak Armed Forces re-equipment program.
Rheinmetall also revealed the names and roles of its nationwide network of Slovak industrial partners, which, like the new factory in eastern Slovakia, are expected to help fulfill the Slovak Army’s IFV requirements and be integrated into Rheinmetall’s global supply chain. for the Lynx and other military products manufactured for export.
The Slovak Ministry of Defense has budgeted €1.7 billion for the replacement of the aging Slovak fleet of Soviet-era BVP-2s. Rheinmetall will reinvest more than half of this sum into the Slovak economy, with the new plant taking over the delivery of 80% of the Slovak Armed Forces’ IFV fleet.
New manufacturing plant in Moldava nad Bodvou
The centerpiece of Rheinmetall’s announcement is a new plant in Moldava nad Bodvou, a town of 12,000 people in eastern Slovakia.
The facility includes 12,000 square meters of production lines plus a 15,000 square meter test area. The entire project represents an investment by Rheinmetall of 30 million euros.
The plant initiative was warmly welcomed by the mayor of Moldova nad Bodvou, Mr. Slavomir Borovsky: “Moldava nad Bodvou sees this project as a great opportunity to bring more prosperity and economic growth to the city and contribute to the security of Slovakia. We are interested in supporting Rheinmetall and providing assistance in the construction of their new plant.”
The new factory will become Rheinmetall’s main center in the Slovak Republic, responsible for delivering 80% of the Ministry of Defense’s new IFVs. He will be at the center of Rheinmetall’s extensive network of Slovak industrial partners, which covers the whole country.
Significant local employment potential
Rheinmetall plans to recruit 150 local people and train them in 2023 and 2024 for production to start in 2025. The jobs are mainly skilled positions in mechanical and electrical engineering.
The Moldava plant will manufacture frames and turrets for the Lynx IFV as well as the integration, testing and painting of handling systems. It will also be equipped to service the Slovak Armed Forces IFV fleet and is designed to be adaptable to meet the additional needs of the Slovak Army as well as export orders from abroad.
“This is just the beginning,” said Mr. Oliver Mittelsdorf, Executive Vice President of Tactical Vehicle Sales. “The Lynx is proving a winner in global defense markets and the Moldava plant will provide many more opportunities for future job creation as orders for the Lynx and other products come in.”
National network of Slovak industrial partners
Rheinmetall is looking to the future and has already established strong, long-term partnerships with Slovak companies in the defense systems engineering sector. The company has currently identified more than 70 potential Slovak industrial partners.
A number of leading organizations have already been integrated into Rheinmetall’s supply chain. Among them are:
CSM Industry at Tisovec, which supplies Rheinmetall with engines, transmissions, cables, roof modules and other specialist components; EVPU in Nova Dubnica, which provides laser warning systems; Ray Service in Zilina, supplying specialist cable systems and electronic assemblies; Kinex in Velka Bytca; VRM in Trencin for the simulations; Aliter Technologies in Bratislava for communication systems; MSM Land Systems in Trencin; ; and DMD Group in Dubnica nad Vahom, which are expected to become a joint venture partner with Rheinmetall in the new plant in Moldava.
Rheinmetall’s joint venture with DMD Group and the integration of major partners from the Slovak defense industry will ensure maximum economic benefit and reduced risk for the Slovak Republic.
Rheinmetall Industrial Integration Experience
Rheinmetall is proud to have invested and forged alliances with industrial partners in Central Europe. It started twenty years ago in Usti nad Labem in the Czech Republic, where Rheinmetall is today a major employer and has encouraged the growth of a highly skilled local workforce. More recently, Rheinmetall announced the construction of a brand new plant in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary.
Mr. Paul Walf, Head of Corporate Coordination for Central Europe of the Rheinmetall Group, explains: “We have a concrete plan for the creation of a powerful Central European defense industrial network. declared. “We have gradually reconstituted components and partners, and it is working: we are winning orders in global markets that bring direct economic benefits to our employees and partners here at home.”
Walf emphasizes the strategic nature of this program: “It’s large-scale and long-term,” he says. “This combination of Rheinmetall ownership and industry partnerships forms a core European complex of interlocking specialists that is already proving capable of challenging established majors in global defense markets.”
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