The premium automotive interiors components supplier has officially opened a new plant for tailored interiors in Opole, Poland. The new location will serve as the company’s centre of excellence for highly crafted cut-and-sewn and hand-wrapped components, starting with premium instrument panels. The new operation will create about 550 skilled jobs in the region.

IAC says it has invested more than US$20 million into the new location, which will cover an area of over 27,000 sq m on its completion. The facility went from ground-breaking to the flawless start of serial production in just seven months and it is positioned to accommodate further growth.

“From a strategic point of view, Opole is an ideal location for us. Eastern Europe continues to be a strong growth region for the automotive industry. At this new location, we can focus on our first-class manufacturing skills and serve our premium customers across Europe,” said Jonas Nilsson, President European Region, IAC. “Tailored, highly crafted interiors are, and will continue to be, core to our product portfolio. Our research shows that the demand for wrapped interior components using leather, leather alternatives, and premium textiles will grow substantially to support the consumer’s desire for a personalised driving experience”, he added.

The official opening ceremony took place on October 24 and was attended by IAC top management and employees, together with client representatives and local authorities.