Grand Opening Celebration of the new roof systems factory

Tuesday, 10. May 2011


The Grand Opening Celebration of the Dutch company Inalfa Roof Systems in Krakovany (district Piešťany), a new plant for the manufacturing of automobile roof systems was attended by H.E. Daphne Bergsma, the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Slovakia, Robert Šimončič, the CEO of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO), Remo Cicutto, the Mayor of Piešťany and Vladimir Mihálik, the Mayor of Krakovany.


The new production facility hall measures ??approx. 8500 m2. It was built in 2005 and expanded in 2008. The company Inalfa Roof Systems has been located in the premises since August 2010 and four months later (December 2010) started its first production.


According to Jim Bonebright, the Vice President of Inalfa Roof Systems Slovakia s.r.o., the company currently employs 65 people, planning to increase this number to 120 with the production running in two shifts, 5 days per week in manufacturing, technical and warehousing services. "I'm glad we have decided to locate the new production facility in Slovakia, since the country can provide a good source of skilled workforce, it also offers a wide network of suppliers in the automotive industry as well as proximity of our customers. Also a political stability, the adoption of the euro and the fact that our factory in Krakovany is very well situated in terms of transport and logistics were the main drivers of our decision"- said Jim Bonebright. During his speech, he also expressed his thanks for a very good cooperation with regional and municipal administration bodies and a friendly approach and help of SARIO.


Róbert Šimočič, the Chief Executive Officer of SARIO said: "SARIO agency is pleased to have a chance to cooperate with Inalfa Roof Systems at the process of implementing the investment of the global automotive supplier, since the company operates in a key sector and is significant for the development of the entire Slovak economy."


The opening ceremony of the plant in Krakovany was also attended by Marcel Schabos, CEO of Inalfa Roof Systems Group, that was founded in 1946 in Venray, the Netherlands and in almost 65 years of its existence, it has been profiled as one of the largest suppliers of roof systems for the automotive industry in the world. Currently, this company operates 12 production plants and 3-technological development centers in Europe, Asia and America.


Inalfa Roof Systems Group is a global supplier of automotive brands: Chrysler Group, General Motors, Ford Motor Group, BMW Group, Daimler Group, Opel, VW, Audi, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Land Rover, Fiat, Renault, PSA, Seat, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Hyundai Kia, Daf, MAN, Scania, Saab, Volvo, Iveco etc.