Following 10 months of work, FACC AG has completed construction of its new high-tech production plant in Jakovlje, Croatia, with operations now underway. The 128,000m2 facility, designed in cooperation with Fraunhofer Institut, is being used for the manufacturing of lightweight components for the cabin interiors of commercial aircraft and business jets. In addition to production halls, the building is also equipped with offices, social and technical areas.
FACC’s CEO, Robert Machtlinger, explained the investment: “With an investment volume of EUR 12.5 million (US$13.7m) for the first expansion phase, this project is the largest greenfield investment outside of Austria in the history of FACC. The outstanding infrastructure as well as the proximity to Zagreb, which boasts a technical university and a highly qualified workforce, were among the reasons for the decision in favour of this location, which is also well connected to international transport networks.
Indeed FACC reports it has not struggled to recruit staff for the Jakovlje facility. Within just three months, the company was able to recruit more than 150 skilled employees. “Demand has skyrocketed again, particularly in the area of short- and medium-haul aircraft. This is why we are currently planning the next stage of expansion with additional areas for component assembly and logistics,” stated Machtlinger, adding that given the expanding order volumes, the workforce is expected to triple in the long term.
The new plant in Zagreb is part of the recently announced growth strategy of FACC AG, which is preparing for the growth requirements of the future with an investment package of more than EUR 150 million in the coming years. Besides investments in new aerospace projects, a main focus is on a strong expansion of research & development for consistent sustainability and technological leadership. FACC’s goal is to establish itself among the top 50 aerospace groups worldwide by 2030. At present, the company ranks among the top 100.