Switzerland-headquartered Mikron Automation has announced opening a production facility in the area of Kaunas, Lithuania. The facility will initially produce modules for automation solutions, mainly for customers in the automotive industry. In the following several years, Mikron will build a team of up to 50 specialists, including mechanical technicians, mechanical and control engineers, electricians, and supply chain managers.
The company intends to start hiring in the nearest future, with the start of operations scheduled for Summer 2019. First shipments are expected in the last quarter of this year. Mikron Automation will be running operations of around 700 m2, with an additional 300 m2 dedicated to engineering and administrative functions.
The new entity in Lithuania will support Mikron Automation’s growth strategy. The company was searching for a location that would provide not only a cultural fit but also a talent pool of technical specialists that are willing to grow their knowledge with the company.
“From what we have seen so far, Lithuania in general, and Kaunas in particular is matching our expectations. When it comes to logistics, distances to our existing plants in Germany and Switzerland as well as to customers in Central and Eastern Europe will be short resulting in efficient lead times,” Christoph Schelzke, the General Manager for Mikron Automation in Lithuania says. “Also, Lithuania has jumped 8 places in the European Innovation Scoreboard, so it’s not surprising that Mikron decided to work together with the best global engineering talents.”
According to Mr. Schelzke, the company is looking for employees who are willing to take entrepreneurial responsibility, share knowledge and approach given tasks creatively. In the initial phase, new hires will receive extended on the job training at Mikron Berlin or one of the other sites of Mikron Automation.
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