TPCA has ended production of current models
The Kolín automaker TPCA Toyota Peugeot Citroën has ended production of the Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 107 and Citroën C1 models after nine successful years. The rebuilding of the production line is beginning at the factory for the new generation of vehicles, which will be produced from middle of May. The automaker is currently recruiting hundreds of new employees and is offering them excellent conditions to ensure the production of new models.
„TPCA has been growing into a modern and well organized car plant during the last nine years of production of the compact city cars. Time has proved that the connection of lean production of Toyota, huge suppliers and distribution network of PSA Peugeot Citroën and the enthusiasm of the Czech people for continuous improvement was the right decision. Also the rich tradition of the automotive industry in the Czech Republic has supported us greatly,“ said Kenta Koide, president of the company.
“We produced totally nearly 2,4 million vehicles from start of production in February 2005. This is a great and unique result for the first generation models,” said executive vice-president Patrice Le Guyader. “We sold most vehicles in France where about a fifth of produced cars were sent. The second largest market was Italy followed by Great Britain,” added Le Guyader.
The new generation of Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 108 and Citroën C1 models had their world premiere at Geneva’s Motor Show in March. The factory’s preparation for the new models took an investment of roughly six billion crowns.
“With the new models we want to offer more choice to our customers therefore the production process has become even more complicated. The number of parts in the vehicles has grown by a fifth and in addition, the new models contain even more modern technology. It was necessary to change about 10 percent of the equipment, re-program all existing robots and re-train all our members,” explains the vice-president for production Jim Crosbie.
TPCA is preparing its current and new employees. The automaker needs to fill about 700 vacant positions, principally blue-collar positions, by the end of the summer. The average salary for these positions amounts to 30 000 CZK. Even the employees’ starting wage for the first three months is above-average, concretely 18 000 CZK. From the fourth month the wage shall increase to 20 570 CZK gross wage per month. In addition, the employees will receive premiums and a company bonus in case of good results by the employees and the company.