The construction of Rheinmetall Hungary Zrt's military factory in Kaposvár will start this autumn, the government commissioner responsible for defence developments announced at the Somogy county seat.
Gáspár Maróth said at a press conference that the company, which was established by the Hungarian state and a German company, will manufacture at least one hundred military vehicles a year in the new factory.
He also mentioned that production is expected to start in a year and it will manufacture tactical, radio and electronic devices for vehicles produced in Turkey. Later on the main components of these vehicles would also be manufactured in Hungary.
At the same time, a research and development program will be launched within NATO for the production of vehicles representing the technology of the future, Gáspár Maróth said, adding that in 3 years these will be the main profile of the factory.
He also said that Kaposvár was chosen for the site of the investment due to its military past and the support of the city administration and local MPs.
“They ensure the promptness that the military industry, which is most exposed to competition today, requires,” he declared, and added that they can only work with the cities from which they receive the utmost support.
Mayor of Kaposvár Károly Szita (Fidesz-KDNP) informed that the development announced by Innovation and Technology Minister László Palkovics in January this year will
cost 30-50 billion forints "depending on the negotiations", and the factory will provide employment for 300 people at the start.
The aim of the city administration is to re-industrialize Kaposvár, achieve full employment, and raise wages, the mayor said, and stressed that higher wages can only be achieved if manufacturers of high value-added products settle in the city and drive salaries up. He said military companies were among such companies.