Delphi Automotive Systems is continuing its program of heavy investment in Poland with the opening of a new technical development center in Krakow this month.
Delphi currently employs about 4,500 in Poland. It will increase its work force to more than 5,000 by the end of 2001 when the new center is fully staffed and plant expansion in Jelesnia and Tichy is completed.
Sales in 1999 were about $250 million and are expected to double or even triple in the next few years, said Leszek Waliszewski, president of Delphi Automotive Systems Poland.
The wiring operation in Jelesnia has been one of the fastest growing businesses. The plant has 1,650 employees and produced a million wiring harnesses last year.
Delphi's largest Polish plant is in Krosno, where it assembles shock absorbers, gas springs, ball joints and steering system parts.
Delphi's new Krakow technical development center will concentrate on suspension systems. It will also carry out electrical and electronic systems work for carmakers present in Poland.