Jacobs Vehicle Systems has announced it will open a manufacturing facility in the city of Brno in the Czech Republic. The new plant places Jacobs closer to European customers and responds to growing demand for the company’s technical solutions.

Jacobs works in Europe with vehicle and engine manufacturers including Daimler, DAF, Deutz, Ford Otosan, and Volvo Group. In this region, as elsewhere, interest in Jacobs’ technical solutions is high because of the increased need for fuel savings and emissions reductions and because Jacobs has expanded its product portfolio through new applications of its valve actuation systems.

Starting in early 2019, Jacobs’ Brno plant will initially produce up to 100,000 engine brakes annually for manufacturers of heavy-duty commercial vehicles and engines. Future, phased development of the 2000 square-metre plant could eventually double production to 200,000 units annually. Initially, over 20 new jobs will be created with a further 30 planned as part of potential future expansion.

Dennis Gallagher, president of Jacobs Vehicle Systems, commented: “By opening a new plant in the Czech Republic, Jacobs is strengthening its presence and speed-of-response at the heart of continental Europe. This investment affirms our commitment to European-based OEMs, with whom we have a close, partnership-style of working.”