22 March 2013

Alteams Group to build new factory in Lebork, Poland

22 March 2013 - Alteams Group, the leader manufacturer of aluminium components for communication networks and mechatronics, will locate its new factory in Lebork, Poland. Total investment will be around €15M employing 200-300 people. The factory will be set up within the first half of 2013 and is expected to be on-line by summer 2013. The project was supported by PAIiIZ.

Alteams Group has manufacturing locations in China and India to serve the Asian market as well as in Finland for Scandinavian market. To improve support in Europe the company has made the decision to establish a high pressure die casting (HPDC) factory in Poland. This step is to strengthen Alteams’s global presence and improve the company’s competitiveness as a local supplier in the European market. 

“One of the main cornerstones in Alteams Group strategy is to be a Global Partner with local commitment serving our customers. In practice, we wish to support our customers wherever they need aluminum castings. Our customers of Communication Networks, in particular, have relocated their manufacturing operations closer to their major markets. At the same time, there is increased demand for a close by local supply chain serving these areas. Local presence is necessary to provide increased flexibility, shorter lead times, and lower total cost”, says Asko Nevala, the President of Alteams Group. 

In Lebork, Alteams Group will produce assembly ready aluminium casting components for communication networks equipment and for other advanced applications. Customers for these high tech components are companies like Ericsson and NSN. Most of the production done in Lebork will be exported but there will be deliveries to EMS companies in Poland too. 

Poland was chosen as the ideal geographical location with regard to Alteams’s European customer base. Additionally cost competitiveness, availability of technical resources and local supplier network e.g. for electrolytic plating were important factors in this decision. 

“Recent reports on the world manufacturing trends show that more and more European companies tend to choose near shore locations for their new projects. Local suppliers, high effectiveness, short delivery times, proximity to customers and end markets – these are the factors that encourage key decision makers from Western Europe to locate their manufacturing projects in Central and Eastern Europe. The investment of Alteams Group is a perfect example of this trend. And I am very glad that Pomerania is a part of it”, comments Mieczyslaw Struk, the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship. 

Alteams has been supported by Invest in Pomerania. The initiative helped the investor at site selection process and facilitated contact with local authorities. In order to convince Alteams to stay and invest in Lebork, the city authorities passed on indispensible regulations to exempt from property tax the buildings where new jobs should be created. 

Globally Alteams Group is the largest supplier of cast advanced aluminium components to the Communication networks industry. The net sales of the Alteams Group are over €100 M with a personnel of over 1200. Alteams is a subsidiary of Kuusakoski Group. 

Source: Invest in Poland