Some Kia suppliers have not committed to locating in Slovakia near Kia's Zilina plant.
Perhaps they don't need to. The Czech, Slovak and Polish governments are still competing to secure industrial investors.
Slovakia's difficulties in buying the land for the assembly plant fueled local press reports that Kia was considering withdrawing. Zilina Mayor Jan Slota says delays "caused three suppliers to relocate outside the Zilina region."
And Korea's Hankook Tire reopened its decision to build a Slovak factory after the government slashed promised incentives.
Hankook is now considering Czech, Polish and Hungarian sites.
Last week, Poland altered its Hankook offer to include more upfront cash incentives, said Sebastian Mikosz, vice president of investment agency PIFIA.
"We know our proposal compares to Hungary's," Mikosz said. ÄWe don't want to lose once again."
US-based Johnson Controls Inc. will supply Kia. But it may initially rent a plant rather than build one. JCI will see if it wins a contract for a small Kia SUV due in late 2007 before deciding, a JCI official said.
Korea Automotive Systems planned to build a Slovak plant before Hyundai Mobis bought controlling interest in it, but is considering using Mobis' planned facility in Slovakia, a spokesman said.
Seojin Industrial of Korea decided not to invest in Slovakia.
- Maciej Szczepaniak contributed