Semperit A.G. has completed the latest expansion at its manufacturing plant in Odry, Czech Republic, which significantly will boost the firm’s capability to produce industrial and hydraulic hose at the factory. It expects to begin producing products at the site in the first half of 2019.
Production capacity at the facility, which is operated by the company’s Semperflex business, will be increased to 100 million meters of hose, which the company said is equivalent to roughly twice the length of the Earth’s equator. The company did not release the size of the expansion.
Semperit—which is in the midst of a major companywide reorganization and transformation project that was launched in 2017 and won’t be concluded until 2020—invested about $30.4 million in the overall expansion.
Construction of the latest addition began in 2017, immediately after the previous expansion at the plant, the spokeswoman said.
Since Semperit purchased Czech competitor Optimit and the facility 20 years ago, it has continuously expanded and modernized the complex. Production capacity at the site has quintupled during that time span while revenue has increased six fold, the company said.
During that time frame, the Vienna-headquartered firm has invested about $170 million at the facility.
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