In 2004, Japan’s AGC Group, made its first greenfield investment in Europe and established AGC Glass Hungary Kft.
Tatabanya, in northwestern Hungary, was chosen as the location for the state-of-the-art facility based on the region’s well-educated, local workforce, strong infrastructure and close proximity to AGC’s European customers. The company manufactures and supplies side and rear glass to leading automobile manufacturers across Europe and continues to strengthen its role as an industry leader.
“Since 2004, we have seen increased demand for our products and solutions and have successfully expanded our operations to include a value-added assembly line,” said László Tisza-Kiss, plant manager of AGC Glass Hungary.
“Today we have over 1,000 employees operating almost year-round to produce glass products for close to 4 million vehicles.”
The Hungarian facility is a cornerstone of AGC Group and has received awards for quality improvement, cost reduction, safety and technical innovation over the past few years.
Customers including Daimler AG, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Toyota Motor Corp., Volkswagen AG and Volvo AB have awarded AGC Glass Hungary for their focus on quality and excellence and, to some customers, the company is even recognized as a strategic glass manufacturing partner.
“Our highly motivated workforce remains one of our key strengths,” said Human Resources Manager Mihály Giber.
“We introduce our employees to the AGC Excellence System, impart our values and provide them with the tools required to further their careers. We also implement their ideas, encouraging them take ownership and pride in what they do.”
AGC Glass Hungary is active within the local community through academic partnerships and scholarships while also supporting events in Tatabanya.
“We have over 40,000 square meters of greenfield land available to us for further expansion and we see opportunities for growth in the next few years,” said Tisza-Kiss.
“Our priority is to look for opportunities for further expansion while focusing on productivity-related projects and energy-saving initiatives to further develop our reputation within the industry.”