CADCA, Slovakia -- This small Slovak town is located in the middle of a new Korean automotive cluster.
The arrival of Hyundai, Kia and many of their suppliers has given the towns 27,000 inhabitants something they badly needed: jobs.
But improvements to the local infrastructure have not kept pace with the surrounding areas rapid growth so Cadca residents now feel that their town is suffering at the hands of the industry that helped save it.
Its going to get worse before it gets better, Frantisek Scury, head of the Cadcas municipal construction department, told Automotive News Europe. Our No. 1 complaint is truck traffic.
Opened in 2006, Kia Motors plant in Zilina, Slovakia, is 33km to the south of Cadca and Hyundais plant in Nosovice, Czech Republic, which opened last year, is 52km to the northwest. The main road linking the factories, the E75, runs through the center of Cadca.
Scury did not provide traffic statistics for Cadca, but the towns problems are easy to see: traffic jams, clogged and dilapidated intersections and soot-covered buildings.
Another good indication of how much traffic has risen in Cadca is data on the number of trucks that cross the border between Svrcinovec-Mosty, Slovakia, and Jablunkova, Czech Republic.
The border is just 7km away from Cadca so most of those trucks use the towns roads. Between 2005 and 2007, the number of trucks crossing the border has risen more than 200 percent to 1,034,000.