KION GROUP AG, Germany, constructed a new industrial truck plant in Kołbaskowo, Poland. The EUR60 million project will create more than 150 jobs by 2023. Construction on the plant will commence this year, with the site set to come on stream in early 2021. The 44.5-acre site will incorporate a cutting-edge production facility, a research and development center and an administrative center covering almost 44,000 square meters.

The additional plant in Poland will complement KION Group's existing production facilities across Europe, and cater to customers with less intensive utilization in the EMEA region.

"The new site in the heart of Europe will allow us to make further inroads into this fast-moving, high-potential market," says Gordon Riske, chief executive officer. "The location near the German-Polish border has the additional benefit of easy access to an excellent network of suppliers.”

The Kołbaskowo plant will produce Linde counterbalance trucks for loads up to 3.5 tons, including model series that are currently manufactured in Aschaffenburg, Germany, and Xiamen, China.

The KION Group aims to take even more advantage of growth in the intralogistics sector in the EMEA region through its Linde brand company.

"The site in Kołbaskowo will provide us with the perfect springboard. The more than 150 new employees will benefit from a state-of-the-art working environment, and the new research and development center will open up further opportunities," says Riske.