- The manufactoring area is going to be expanded to about 16,500 square meters by a new building
- In addition to that about 600 square meters of office space will be built
- In total the buildings are going to be expanded to about 20,500 square
- The Miba Friction Group is building its first R&D-department outside of Austria in Vrable
- Additionally to the already existing 700 workplaces, 80 new jobs are going to be created
The friction specialist Miba Steeltec is building a new, additional building on its site in Vrable near Nitra. The company is investing roughly 10 million Euro into the project, for which the groundbreaking ceremony took place today. The new building is going to enlarge the manufacturing space from now around 11,000 square meters to around 16.500 square meters. In addition to that the new building will have around 600 square meters office space and laboratories, research and development premises, social rooms and a massage room. In addition to that Miba Steeltec is building 180 parking lots on site, whereby it is contributing to a solution for the difficult parking situation on the facilities premises. Construction work will likely be finished by the end of the year. Subsequently the production equipment is going to be moved and set up. The finalization of the building is planned for the early summer of 2020.
First R&D-department of the Miba Friction Group outside of Austria
Miba Steeltec is part of the Miba Friction Group, a worldwide operating specialist for the development and production of friction parts, with roughly 1,500 employees and 6 production sites in Europe, India, USA and China. It is fraction of the Miba AG, an Austrian technology group with around 7,400 employees worldwide. Research and development of the Miba Friction Group have been located centrally in Austria until now. The new building in Vrable will have the first R&D-department outside of Austria, therefore making Slovakia a second important location for the research and development of the Miba Friction Group.
60 million Euro investment in Miba Steeltec since 2007
Since the founding in 2007, Miba Steeltec has developed into a ‘success story made in Vrable’. The revenue has steadily grown from 20 million Euro in 2007, to 73 million Euro now. 60 million Euros were invested into the site. The number of employees grew from 250 to 700. With the extension Miba Steeltec will create another 80 additional jobs. Within the Miba Group, Miba Steeltec is an important High-Tech production site for friction technology for power trains, axis and brakes in construction machinery, as well as tractors or mining machinery. Alongside components for the automobile industry and four-wheel drive vehicles are produced. The company is a supplier to costumers like John Deere, Caterpillar, Volvo, ZF, AGCO, GKN or Gima.
Prominent guests at the groundbreaking ceremony
Martin Liebl, General Manager of Miba Friction Group, and Miba Steeltec Site Manager Partrik Rac welcomed some prominent guests at the groundbreaking ceremony. Tibor Toth, mayor of Vrable attended the ceremony, as well as Austrian ambassador in Slovakia Margit Bruck-Friedrich and Austrian trade delegate Hans Christian Kügerl. They were congratulating Miba Steeltec on their success story and emphasizing, that the company is a leading example for the whole region. Steeltec, for example, made a significant contribution to the introduction of a dual training model in Slovakia and is currently employing 23 apprentices. Additionally, the ‘Young Star’ project, in which the apprentices can combine their training with a higher education degree, was started recently.
Photo: Tibor Toth (Mayor of Vrable), Patrik Rac (Site Manager, Miba Steeltec), Ferdinand Pranckh (Managing Director Operations, Miba Friction Group), Margit Bruck-Friedrich (Austrian Ambassador to Slovakia), Martin Liebl (General Manager, Miba Friction Group), Hans Christian Kügerl (Austrian Trade Commissioner in Slovakia).