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15 October 2019

Doosan Bobcat expanding Czech facility

First published15/10/2019
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Doosan Bobcat has invested heavily in developing its facilities in the Czech Republic
Doosan Bobcat is expanding its facilities in the Czech Republic. The firm has spent around €116 million developing its new Doosan Bobcat EMEA headquarters in Dobříš. The facility employs 1,400  and is the headquarters for the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa), marking a further expansion in the Czech Republic. The newly built facility houses the company's management and other employees and complements the production plant and the training and innovation centre, where Bobcat machines are developed for Europe and the rest of the world.

This year alone, the company's investments in Dobříš will reach €20 million. In 2018, Doosan Bobcat’s revenue for the EMEA region amounted to €765 million, with the Dobříš factory producing a record 17,206 machines. This year, the company plans to increase production by 20% and break through the barrier of 20,000 machines for the first time.

Bobcat's history dates back 60 years and has been operating in the Czech Republic since 2001. In addition to the new production capacities, Doosan Bobcat has also built an extensive training centre, and, above all, an innovation centre. The company's EMEA headquarters has been moved from Waterloo, Belgium, to Dobříš, Czech Republic.

Worth €10 million, the three-storey headquarters building covers a surface area of 1,561m2 and will offer more than 3,370m2 of office space for 200 employees.

Gustavo Otero, president of Doosan Bobcat EMEA, said: “With the opening of the new headquarters in Dobříš, we are completing an investment which – thanks to the concentration of development, production and management of the company in one place – is of socio-economic importance for the whole region and exceptional within our industry. During Doosan Bobcat's operations in the Czech Republic, we have invested approximately €120 million, increased production five-fold, and more than tripled the number of employees. In the future, we expect a further recruitment of blue-collar professionals and expert positions in development.”

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