The Germany-based Schwarzmüller group founded its first ‘eastern’ trading company in Hungary in 1989. This was followed in 1993 by the construction of a manufacturing plant in Dunaharaszti. In the period since 1993, as a result of several stages of development, the company has become a vehicle factory covering the entire production process and a strategic producer of its group of companies. Currently, the Hungarian factory is the largest in the group (there is also one production plant in Czechia and another in Germany). Here, flatbed semitrailers are mainly produced for long-distance freight transport. The company has more than 600 employees, almost 400 of them in the production unit (assembly). The company has custom manufacturing (i.e. not a mass production), with significant consumption of raw materials and labour-intensive input. As a result, the most significant costs and expenses are material ones. The materials are mostly sourced from EU countries (Austria, Germany, Czechia) and to a lesser extent from Hungarian suppliers. The company’s procurement system is centralized, the parent company provides the raw materials, parts and components needed for production through long-term contracts.
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