Power transmission parts of trucks and heavy machinery are manufactured in Polgár

Power transmission parts of trucks and heavy machinery are manufactured in Polgár

Managers of the Indian and German mother companies were also present at the opening ceremony

Production has now officially been launched at SONA's plant opened in Polgár. While smaller runs of higher added-value steel shaft, engine and chassis parts will initially be manufactured by the new plant of the Indian automotive supplier, it is a clear indication of the long-term plans of the company that the expansion of the plant is now planned in connection with the processing of semi-finished parts.

Sunjay Kapur, Chairman of Sona Group and László Szabó, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Sunjay Kapur, Chairman of Sona Group and László Szabó, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Indian automotive supplier SONA BLW Group specialises in the manufacturing and installation of forged precision conical wheels and change wheels, baulk rings, undercarriage parts, engine and power transmission parts and complete differential gears, primarily for the automotive industry. Their customers include a number of renowned light and heavy truck manufacturers, manufacturers of agricultural and heavy machinery and TIER1 suppliers. SONA employs more than 2,300 workers at its seven plants over the world.

Since the start of production at the Polgár plant, SONA BLW Hungary Kft. has been producing semi-finished automotive steel products (gearboxes, clutches, shaft, engine and chassis parts). Currently SONA BLW Hungary Kft. has 40 workers. That number is intended to be increased to 130 over the next five years. From 2018, the range of activities may include the hot forging and heat treatment of products, while on a longer term, the cutting, heat treatment, hard broaching and final quality control of semi-finished products forged in Germany may also be transferred to the new plant.

To that end, a further EUR 13.5 million will be invested over the next five years into the acquisition of production plant and other equipment as well as infrastructure. That growth requires the expansion of the currently 5,000 square metre production plant to 10,000 square metres, whose preparation is currently in progress. By the end of the investment phase, annual turnover is expected to reach EUR 10 million.