Husqvarna expands

Husqvarna Group is to increase the capacity for its Newton Aycliffe factory in North East England.

At the same time the Group will expand and build up capacity at the existing Husqvarna Group site in Vrbno, Czech Republic. 

Husqvarna Group is a pioneer in robotic grass cutting technology and through the success of its range of products has a leadership position in robotics, which so far has been built around the European market. 

Husqvarna chief executive Kai Warn said:"We expect the overall robotics market to continue to be a fast growing segment in the coming years. Our aim is to maintain our leadership position by providing the most reliable and efficient products, giving the end-users a great result – where the robotic lawn mowers do all the job."

For the 2018 season, Husqvarna is moving selected robotic platforms to Vrbno in order to increase robotic manufacturing capacity in the Newton Aycliffe factory to meet the growing market. In the short term for the 2017 season, some non-robotic platforms will also be relocated from Newton Aycliffe to Bruntal, Czech Republic.

Additional investments are planned for the Newton Aycliffe factory in order to increase robotic manufacturing capacity. In parallel, Husqvarna Group will expand and build manufacturing capability and capacity of robotics at the existing Husqvarna Group site in Vrbno, to be a complement from the 2018 season.

Warn set a target of annual net sales growth of between three and five per cent from next year.

Warn said: "Due to the strategic importance of this product, we see the need to manufacture robotic mowers in more than one site to meet the growing market and limit the risk with only one factory. In order to leverage the many years of knowledge and experience, Newton Aycliffe will take on a lead manufacturing engineering role for robotics in the Group."

The company said Vrbno’s skilled workforce, central location in Europe near the main markets, together with their experience with electronics and injection moulding made it an excellent location to expand the Groups robotic mower manufacturing capacity.

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