Magna gets environment permit to expand Hoče factory

Magna gets environment permit to expand Hoče factory

Maribor, 22 December (STA) - Austrian automotive company Magna Steyr has received an environmental permit from Slovenia's Environment Agency to expand its Slovenian factory in Hoče near the city of Maribor. The company told the STA on Wednesday that the permit had been issued on Monday and was final, meaning it can no longer be challenged.

The permit allows Magna to continue the project by seeking a building permit for two new main buildings that will be added to the existing paint shop - a bodywork production facility and an assembly line to have a full-fledged car production plant.

In what is the second of the three planned stages of the Hoče factory's development, up to 1,000 workers are planned to be hired.

However, the company intends to continue the project only once the market situation is favourable and after it has secured new orders.

For now, it deems it important to be able to plan further steps and inform potential clients of the time frame of the production launch.

With the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic, around 160 employees of the Hoče factory, which opened in 2019, were referred to work in the Austrian facility in Graz.

In September, the company announced it would re-launch the Hoče paint shop at the start of 2022, but the latest information shows this would happen in the first quarter of the year.

In the meantime, some of the Hoče employees working in Austria have returned to the paint shop, while others decided to terminate their employment, and Magna is now looking to hire new workers.

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