Hyundai inks $1.2 billion deal with Czech Republic for first European plant
The new facility will come online in 2008, employing 3,000 workers and with a capacity of 300,000 vehicles per year.
Reuters reports that the deal includes about $173 million in direct state support, not including tax breaks.
Expanding overseas production is a key strategic move for Hyundai, which has been hurt by the recent strength of South Korea's currency. On the Czech side of the equation, its surging auto industry powered the country's economy to a record 6-percent growth last year.
[Sources: Radio Prague, Reuters, Hyundai]
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