German forklift manufacturer Jungheinrich has officially opened a new reach truck factory in the Czech Republic as it ramps up its European production capacity.
The 37,000 sqm site will become the centre of Jungheinrich’s reach truck production and more than 350 new jobs will be created as part of the EUR60 million (USD63.4 million) project.
Jungheinrich chief technology officer Sabine Neuss says: “Our new plant in Chomutov is one of the most state-of-the-art production facilities for forklift trucks in the world and will elevate our production to the next level.”
The plant, about 85 km northwest of Prague, began manufacturing Jungheinrich’s ETV 216i reach truck, the world’s first forklift with a built-in lithium-ion battery, in June and will eventually make the company’s full line of reach trucks.
The ETV 216i was developed at Jungheinrich’s Norderstedt plant in Germany, which will now concentrate on making parts of order pickers.
The new plant was designed to be efficient and sustainable, featuring automation, artificial intelligence, green energy and rainwater harvesting. It is located on a 1.5 ha green space with native bushes and trees to contribute to the local biodiversity.