In the middle of the last century Slovakia was still primarily an agrarian country. In the last 20 years, however, the country has become a “Mecca” of automobile production. After Volkswagen, KIA Motors and PSA Peugeot Citroën, now Jaguar Land Rover is arriving in Slovakia; thus, the country even further reinforces its dominant position in this sector even further, when it already ranks among the world leaders in terms of the number of automobiles manufactured per capita.

The boom in the automobile industry did not pass by Eastern Slovakia, and at present we find here a whole range of well known manufacturers supplying theirproducts for automobile brands from around the entire world. The production of gearboxes and driving mechanisms, the electro technology industry, the production of plastic accessories and the processing of textiles and leather for automobile interiors all have representation in the segment. The pedigree of these factories is indeed cosmopolitan, with investors from Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Australia, Japan and the USA all represented. Manufacturing halls are often concentrated in newly built industrial parks, and currently more than 11,000 people in the region work in this sector.


Selection of Largest Companies Within the Sector

Company Location Key product Revenue in thousands Investor
Magneti Marelli Slovakia, s.r.o. Kechnec Information and telematics devices, throttle position sensors, GDI pumps, rotary electric actuators 398092 Italy
Getrag Ford Transmissions Slovakia, s.r.o. Kechnec Automobile gearboxes and timing gears for Daimler 363055 Germany
Lear Corporation Seating Slovakia s.r.o. Prešov Car interior with focus on car seats 270049 Luxembourg, United Kingdom
U-Shin Slovakia s.r.o Košice Locking mechanisms, ignition locks and mechatronic knobs 204308 Germany, Netherland
Yazaki Wiring Technologies Slovakia s.r.o Michalovce Wiring harnesses for the automotive industry 76684 Germany
Magneti Marelli Powertrain SLOVAKIA s.r.o. Kechnec Manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment for motor vehicles 75889 Italy
KE Prešov Elektrik, s.r.o Prešov Manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment for motor vehicles 74088 Germany
FTE automotive Slovakia s.r.o. Prešov Manufacture of hydraulic drum brakes for passenger cars 52989 Germany, Slovakia
CEMM THOME SK, spol. s r.o. Prešov Manufacture of cable harnesses for the automotive industry. 46190 Germany
Jobelsa Slovensko, s.r.o. Košice Leather and textile car covers and upholstery 43424 Spain

Source: Agency VIA


Magneti Marelli Slovakia from Kechnec

Two major manufacturers in the automotive segment have located their headquarters in perhaps the largest and most well-known industrial park in Slovakia, at Kechnec, just 20 km from Košice.

Getrag Ford Transmissions produces automobile gearboxes here and Magneti Marelli dashboards and instruments for automobiles. We find manyprestigious automobile brand names among their customers, and BMW and Renault both figure on the list of these concerns.