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Arkal Automotive settles in southern Thuringia and takes over the production site of ESE in Crock.


Growth for Thuringia's economy: The Israeli automotive supplier Arkal Automotive has now opened its first German production facility in Crock (Hildburghausen district) in southern Thuringia. The company will initially invest a total of around two million euros in the new location, thereby securing 60 jobs.

Crock / Erfurt. The Free State of Thuringia can look forward to a new settlement: in the southern Thuringian town of Crock (Hildburghausen district), Israeli automotive supplier Arkal Automotive has now opened its first production facility in Germany. The global company specializes in the production of technical plastic parts, such as wheel arches, water tank covers or battery carriers. Decisive for the choice of location Thuringia was "the central location in the middle of Germany, the good infrastructure and the availability of qualified and motivated employees have convinced us," emphasizes Ram Drori, Managing Director of the parent company Arkal Plastic Products. Drori, who is also Managing Director of the newly founded Arkal Automotive GmbH in Crock, relies on long-term growth: "Germany is a strategic decision for our company, the Crock location puts us in a position to produce for our customers like Daimler and Opel To consistently expand our activities in Germany. "The Arkal plant in Crock currently employs 60 people. Among other things, they produce components for the Opel Astra and soon also for the Junior a new Opel small car which is manufactured in Eisenach. In the future, parts for Audi and Volkswagen will also be produced in Crock.


Hand in hand for the business location Thuringia


The settlement of Arkal Automotive in the Free State was supported and promoted by the state development company Thuringia (LEG) and the Thuringian development bank - hand in hand. Ram Drori: "My special thanks to our contact persons at the Landesentwicklungsgesellschaft (LEG), who have made special efforts to help us." Another "ally" on the way to Thuringia was the Sachsenbank, which financed the project. The management consultancy ISUCON had paved the way to Thuringia. The company from Leipzig has been committed to the economic exchange between Thuringian and Israeli SMEs for many years and has already been responsible for the establishment of another Israeli company in the Free State.

 Arkal Automotive - from Israel into the whole world


Background: Arkal Automotive Israel was founded in 1997. Headquartered in the Kidmat Galil Industries Park, near the city of Tiberias on the Sea of ​​Galilee, the company currently employs 230 people worldwide and now also produces in Poland, France, Spain, Canada, USA and China. Overall, the group generates annual sales of just under 60 million euros. The company offers holistic solutions to the automotive industry from development to production of intelligent automotive plastic parts. Arkal's development department has 45 engineers. Significant Arkal customers include global OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers such as General Motors, Opel, Volkswagen, Daimler, Ford, Fiat, Nissan, Brose and Plastic Omnium.

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