Tatra Trucks is returning to Slovakia, where it will manufacture chassis, cabs and truck superstructures

Tatra Trucks is returning to Slovakia, where it will manufacture chassis, cabs and truck superstructures
Author: Tatra Trucks
12 / 07 / 2021, 10:00

The traditional Czech carmaker Tatra Trucks connected with the Czechoslovak Group (CSG) holding is returning to Slovakia. The second historically oldest truck manufacturer in the world with a rich history is establishing its subsidiary Tatra Defense Slovakia in Trenčín, in leased premises belonging to the Ministry of Defense of the Slovak Republic. There, it will manufacture chassis, cabs and some types of superstructures for Tatra vehicles.

The premises in which the state military-repair plant has historically been housed for a long time, so further development awaits. Tatra Defense Slovakia plans to invest millions of euros there in the near future and start the production of Tatra trucks intended for the armed forces. This is another step in the cooperation with the Czech holding company Czechoslovak Group, which will share valuable know-how with the Slovak company.

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Initially, at least 50 skilled jobs will be created with the potential for further growth. The investment will also create further synergies for local manufacturers of specialized truck bodies. This will, among other things, increase employment in the order of hundreds of jobs in the Považie region. "Tatra clearly belongs to Slovakia, because these trucks have been manufactured in the Povážie region for many years. We are therefore glad that we managed to return this legend to Trenčín," Michal Baláž from Tatra Defense Slovakia said and added: "We have a lot of work to do, but we plan to invest 3 million euros within five years. Slovakia, and especially Trenčín and its surroundings, will not only bring a number of new jobs, but also strengthen the position of a strong and prosperous region in the field of engineering production."

"Supporting the development of the Slovak defense industry together with job creation is one of our priorities. I am convinced that there are skilled people and specialists in Slovakia, whose professional capacities are an important condition for the successful development of the defense industry. That is why I welcome this cooperation," the Minister of Defense of the Slovak Republic Jaroslav Naď said. In addition to production, Tatra Defense Slovakia plans to build a wide partner network of Slovak companies producing specialized superstructures for manufactured vehicles or to establish cooperation with the Faculty of Special Technology of the Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín in the field of dual student education. "Our goal is to maximize production for the forces of the Slovak Republic so that we are the best choice for the Slovak Army and the Ministry of Defense - both in terms of technology, the share of production in the Slovak Republic, but also the range of services," Michal Baláž explains.

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The arrival of the Tatra brand in Slovakia is also welcomed by the Association of the Security and Defense Industry of the Slovak Republic: “We welcome the return of the Tatra brand to Slovakia. In addition to the growth of the regional economy and employment, this can also bring significant cost savings to Slovakia. For example, an investment in a locally produced product is primarily returned to the state budget. We also see further savings in the subsequent fleet management, when the state can use trained specialists in Slovakia,” Tibor Straka, President of ZBOP SR, explains.

About Tatra Trucks a.s.

In 2013, the Tatra Trucks joint-stock company took over the world-famous Kopřivnice car manufacturer, which underwent a successful restructuring after a change in the ownership structure. In addition to standardized model lines, it also manufactures special trucks tailored to customer requirements. Eighty percent of the carmaker's production is intended for export. The carmaker Tatra Trucks employs more than 1,000 people and more than 600 others work in the subsidiary Tatra Metalurgie, which focuses mainly on foundries and blacksmithing.

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