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OCT 20, 2006
Kia Motors to open a manufacturing facility in Georgia .
Officials from the State of Georgia and Kia Motors recently held groundbreaking ceremonies in West Point, Georgia. A $1.2 billion assembly plant will be built along the Georgia/Alabama state line. The facility should be completed in 2009. Kia Motors has an initial target capacity of 200,000 vehicles per year. The plant is expected to employ more than 2,500 people, manufacturing cars for the North, Central and South American marketplace. The plant will also draw in related Tier suppliers who are expected to employ an additional 2,900 people.
Kia Motors is a member of the Hyundai Motors Group, the sixth largest auto maker in the world.
SEPT 13, 2006 , from Hyundai Heavy Industries :
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) recently completed the installation and run-off of more than 320 robots and auxiliary equipment in a new Kia Motor plant in Slovakia. The company selected HHI’s Series HX200 and HX165 Spot Welding robots for its car assembly lines. These robots have previously been employed in automotive plants throughout Europe, China, India and North America.
Through this project HHI once again demonstrates its growing presence in the robotics marketplace. HHI offers entire robotic systems to support production lines around the world. The HHI-Engine and Machinery Division (HHI-EMD) is committed to R&D and investment, aiming to be one of the top players in the robotic industry.
Well known Birmingham artist Wendy LoVoy was commissioned to produce several paintings representing various aspects of our robotic product line. Her abstract interpretation of ordinary machine tools can be seen in our Birmingham office. Ms. LoVoy’s work can also be found in the Hyundai Heavy Industries offices of Ulsan, Korea.
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