Szentgotthard Plant. Facts and Figures

Location: Szentgotthard, Hungary
Employees: 1.200

Family 1 engines and components, Allison Automatic world transmissions, New mid-size diesel engines, New mid-size gasoline engines, New small gasoline engine family

Total site area : 349,690 m²

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At a glance

Opel in Szentgotthárd produces middle segment petrol engines for passenger cars since 1992. The plant is the sole producer of so called Family I (1.6 – 1.8 l). engine products for Opel’s European car assembly plants, but also supplies engines and manufactured engine parts for other GM brands.The plant also produces the new generation of mid-size diesel and gasoline engines.

In 2012 a new engine plant was inaugurated. The flex-plant features world-class flexibility and efficiency. It will produce highly fuel-efficient gasoline and diesel engines. It will have the ability to swiftly adapt production in response to changing market demand. The plant will manufacture half-a-million engines per year at full capacity. The new facility will be extended and annual production capacity will be increased.

History of the Szentgotthard Plant

  • 1990 Foundation of the company: joint venture between GM and a Hungarian manufacturing company, RÁBA
  • 1992-1999 Car Production (Opel Astra Classic)
  • 1992 Start of Fam I (1.4 & 1.6 liter engines)  engine production
  • 1995 100% ownership by GM; duplicating capacity of the engine plant
  • 1996 Opening brand new facility for the production of cylinder-heads
  • 1998 Portfolio expansion with 1.8 liter engines
  • 2000 Start of Allison Transmission assembly activity, replacing car production
  • 2000-2005 The company is a 50-50% joint venture between Fiat and GM.
  • 2001 Start production of 3rd generation engines
  • 2002-2004 Production location for CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) transmission
  • 2005 Starting the assembly of 1.6 liter Turbo engines
  • 2006 New activity of Transmission Remanufacturing is built on the specific knowledge of Hungarian workforce.
  • 2008 The facility becomes a “Landfill Free Plant” (manage the plant's waste without sending any material to landfill depository).
  • 2011 In April foundation stone of the Opel Flex Plant was laid. The investment reaches 500 million Euro.
  • 2012 Inauguration of the new engine plant
  • 2013 Series production of the 1.6 litre petrol engines and the new 1.6 litre diesel units which already meet future Euro 6 emission standards have started.