VMI expands facility in Poland

VMI-TireTyre/rubber machinery maker VMI MI Group has expanded its Polish production facility, which started up in 2017. The Dutch firm has added on two further manufacturing halls, following what it says has been “unprecedented success” of the Lezsno plant.

The Poland factory opened in 2017 to enhance the global manufacturing base of the VMI Group. In order to facilitate continuing growth and deliver the service that the modern tyre industry demands, plans for a second phase, which doubles the size of the plant, were brought forward.

In the first phase, a 13,500 sq m facility was built on an 8 hectare plot of land to extend the current manufacturing capabilities of the company. Leszno in Poland was selected because of its ability to attract highly qualified technically skilled employees as universities and technical schools are situated nearby.

The newly appointed General Manager of VMI Poland, Magda Sadowska, who is an expert in lean manufacturing and quality systems, together with General Manager Jos van Oosterbosch, built the Leszno facility from scratch, and is now responsible for a work force of over 150, from the 40 when the facility first started.

The VMI Group now has entities in eight countries on five continents.