TPV AUTOMOTIVE builds new factory in Brežice

Brežice, 23 July – Minister of Economic Development and Technology, Zdravko Počivalšek and Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Andrej Vizjak, paid a visit to TPV AUTOMOTIVE’s new plant in Brežice, which has been partially financed by the government.

 

Ministry of Economic Development and Technology and TPV AUTOMOTIVE d.o.o. from Novo mesto signed a contract, financing TPV AUTOMOTIVE d.o.o. with EUR 6.5 million for production expansion in Brežice. The investment is planned for large-scale production of chassis and body assemblies with the function to support and protect batteries in premium vehicles.

 

A EUR 49 million investment is expected to create 50 new jobs, including 20 jobs for highly qualified professionals. The money will go towards the construction of new industrial facilities in the industrial zone Brezina in Brežice, and expansion of the existing business unit Brežice in Šentlenart.

 

Construction works have been completed in the press shop Brezina, where two presses are already in place. Landscaping is currently underway. In the neighboring assembly building, a fully automated and computer-guided assembly line is being built. The press and assembly line are shining examples of factories of the future. Facilities at the business unit in Šentlernart have been restored, and new machines for production of aluminum components that will be utilized in electric vehicles have been purchased.

 

At Brezina, large-scale production of high-strength steel components for body chassis will start by end of 2021, whereas Šentlenart will launch production of aluminum components for electric cars by end of 2020.

 

The investment project TPV Brezina is coordinated with TPV4LIGHT project that TPV as the leading partner applied for public tender »Demo piloti II 2018«. As part of the project, TPV will invest EUR 16.5 million in equipment and machines. TPV and partners will develop and demonstrate innovative processes for advanced robotic technology lines for the design and assembly of chassis components for the automotive industry. Their aim is to develop a complete technological process of transformation of raw input materials and to integrate optimized traditional technologies with modern visual-voice technologies and artificial intelligence technologies. They will create a complete smart factory concept that will follow the Industry 4.0 strategy.

 

TPV AUTOMOTIVE d.o.o. is a development supplier operating in the automotive industry. They develop and manufacture products that have a significant impact on vehicle dynamics, safety, ecology and driving comfort, as well as implement new technical solutions for electric vehicles (EV). The company’s global presence extends to 25 countries. Experience has helped them built strong professional competencies that they use on the global automotive market. The company is a member of TPV Group and has been active for 30 years in five sites in Slovenia and one in Serbia. It closely partners with R&D and educational research institutions.

 

With the undergoing investments, TPV AUTOMOTIVE will enhance the company’s position in the supply chain as a development supplier and continue to live the company’s vision of Creating mobility of the future.

 

 

TPV is entering its 4th decade with a new name and updated corporate design

TPV d.o.o. has become a well-established development supplier on the global automotive market, developing and manufacturing products that have a significant impact on vehicle dynamics, safety, ecology and driving comfort, as well as implementing new technology solutions in electric vehicles (EV). Our highly automated and robotized production processes are developed following smart factory trends.

With our new mission and vision »Creating mobility of the future« at heart and extensive experience on the automotive market, our focus is shifting into 4 core areas:

  • The Development & Engineering Services programme offers product design and process technology solutions.
  • The E-mobility Aluminum Components programme focuses on electric vehicles, especially battery tray and connecting assemblies. Our competitive advantage lies in technology and process competencies, and use of friction stir welding (FSW).
  • The Lightweight Steel Components programme encompasses development and production of parts with vital impact on vehicle dynamics, body and seat components, all in accordance with high-strength steel development trends. We offer full support in terms of product development, technology and process solutions – from basic research to serial production. Our development competencies have been recognized by key OEMs for many years.
  • The Surface Protection programme offers corrosion protection painting of metal products and corrosion testing. Corrosion resistance tests are carried out in accordance with the requested standards to ensure the highest level of product protection.

New programmes and activities call for company name change to establish a clear relation between the name and its core business. TPV trženje in proizvodnja opreme vozil d.o.o. changed its business name to TPV AUTOMOTIVE, Tovarna avtomobilskih komponent d.o.o., shortened to TPV AUTOMOTIVE d.o.o. The change came into effect on 4 June, 2020. The company TPV AUTOMOTIVE d.o.o. has become a universal legal successor to the company TPV d.o.o. There have been no changes in management or any other additional changes.

TPV Group has updated its corporate design which sets the rules for use of TPV logotype and that of other companies. The new TPV AUTOMOTIVE d.o.o. logotype consists of TPV AUTOMOTIVE logotype in blue and TPV trademark symbol.

As pointed out by Ivan Erenda, Ph.D., CEO of TPV AUTOMOTIVE d.o.o., »changes go hand in hand with our current business direction and breathe new life into the company to create mobility of the future even more efficiently”.

7th Innovation Day: TPV modules for the smart factories

At the 7th TPV Innovation Day, where TPV Group every year presents its challenges and achievements, and points out the trends and novelties in the field of innovations, the guiding thread was the smart factories of the future. On this occasion, TPV presented five modules for smart factories which are the result of their own development and as of today, they are also offered to the market.

Innovations are a driving force behind the progress, which they are very well aware of in TPV and therefore promote the innovation culture in many different ways, the Innovation Day being one of them. In his introductory words, Marko Gorjup, MSc, President – CEO of TPV Group, he emphasized that »in addition to the innovativeness, the efficient use of technology advances is of exceptional importance.« TPV Group early recognized the fourth wave of the industrial revolution and has already ridden it to the full. Numerous experience gained over the thirty years of their existence has been upgraded with the knowledge and skills of the latest technology. This is how the new solutions are born under the hands of its outstanding engineers. At today’s event, they proudly presented five modules for the smart factories developed by joining their own competencies and by cooperating with external partners. It is about comprehensive solutions that will not only strengthen their competitiveness but will also be offered to the market.

The fact that smart factories are a necessity and not an illusion was also confirmed by Myriam Dr. Jahn, CEO at Q-laud and one of the leading IoT experts. A debate on the importance of Industry 4.0 and 5.0 followed at the round table and points of view were also exchanged by Alexander Engels, Ph.D., CEO at aiXbrain and prof. dr. Niko Herakovič, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana.

The event’s participants could feel a living touch of what the future holds when taken into a virtual setting of a smart factory within the framework of a presentation of TPV’s five comprehensive solutions for the factories of the future which are already being produced under the innovative hands of TPV’s engineer teams.

The Innovation Day is not the only day dedicated to the innovations as every single working day is an inspiration to innovations. »I am proud to say that we have managed to create such a high level of innovation culture which last year resulted in almost 13 innovative proposals submitted a day by our employees,” stressed Marko Gorjup and added that “we have implemented ten breakthrough improvements and received eight innovation awards, the national silver innovation award among others.”

 

Every year the Innovation Committee selects the most impressive innovative proposal submitted by an individual and a team and grants them a special recognition. At the ceremony, Mr Marko Gorjup and Ivan Erenda, Ph.D., CEO at TPV d. o. o., granted recognitions and awards for the best innovative proposals. The most valuable innovative proposal was the BMW ALU Calibration Machine by the innovator Matija Požgaj. The award for the best team innovation was conferred to   Boštjan Piletič, Srečko Basarac, Dario Novak, Miroslav Kuharič, Alen Černelč, Boris Antolovič, Jernej Knežič, Matjaž Sotler, Igor Lekše, Mišo Pereško, Jože Pezdirc for the Universal Robotic »BIN PICKING« Cell. Both innovative proposals are in line with the company’s strategic guidelines and support its mission and vision.

In addition to the innovations and as part of their strategic guidelines the company also promotes further education of the employees. Recognitions were granted by Mr Marko Gorjup and Ms Martina Brec, HR Director, to all employees who finished their education in 2019: Jože Blažinč, Marko Udovč, Andrej Zorko, Ivan Radman, Gregor Žagar, Marko Krevs, Domen Škufca, Robert Strahinić, Jurij Kuretič, Mitja Glavan and Rok Turk.

An increase in the employees knowledge by learning, researching and exchanging knowledge enhances the competencies of the individuals and the company. With a view to encouraging such activities TPV has been for many years announcing the call for the Martin Sever Award for the best research thesis, graduate thesis, master thesis, doctoral dissertations, paper thesis and articles relating to the themes of the call. The award was conferred to Mitja Glavan for the best master thesis: Treatment of the riveted welds in the numerical strength analyses (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana).

 

In TPV Group they are very aware that the young are the greatest source of innovation and creativity. Therefore, they are connecting with the young from the local environment through numerous activities and so help create a better tomorrow. Given that, the event was spiced up by a young percussion band MUVARUVAGRUVA from the Music School of Marjan Kozina, Novo mesto under the conductor Miro Tomšič, who performed on the TPV products – car body, chassis and car seat parts that are essential parts of each vehicle, but for this special event they have been given a new, an artistic dimension.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT TPV GROUP:
TPV Group is one of the leading development suppliers operating on the global market of automotive industry. Their core activity, whose main driver is the company TPV d.o.o., is development and production of different components for automotive industry, such as body and chassis assemblies, car seat components and parts, and engine gaskets. Moreover, they develop and provide comprehensive solutions for production logistics management, where the automated guided vehicles, which are result of their own development, are one of the key products. The company is located in five sites in Slovenia– Novo mesto, Brežice, Suhor, Velika Loka and Ptuj – and one site in Kragujevac, Serbia. Due to the needs of customers, they intend to extend their production processes to new markets in the following years.
They are globally recognized as a development and pre-development supplier in the automotive industry. Their development services are purchased by most demanding OEMs for their premium brands like BMW, Mercedes Benz, Volvo, Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Land Rover, Renault etc. TPV develops products which have a significant impact on the driving dynamics, safety, ecology and driving comfort.
The TPV Group is besides TPV d.o.o. composed of TPV Prikolice d.o.o., TPV Avto d.o.o. and TPV Šumadija d.o.o., extending their field of operation to sales of new and used cars, program of comprehensive services for car users and program of light car trailers. The latter are developed and produced jointly with the German partner Böckmann. TPV is also one of the partners in the development company called SiEVA, who develops technological competencies and takes part in various research projects.

 

 

30 years of the TPV Group

At the solemn ceremony held in Kulturni center Janez Trdina in Novo mesto, where the speaker of honour was Zdravko Počivalšek, the Minister for Economic Development and Technology, the TPV Group celebrated its 30th anniversary of existence.

Over the last thirty years, TPV has grown from a company to a group which today is an important player in the global market of the automotive industry. They sell their products on 4 continents and in 26 countries of the world. With about 1.200 employees, they are located in five sites in Slovenia, they also have a production site in Serbia, and in the coming years they are going to expand their production facilities to the new markets. Year after year, they have been promoting innovations and therefore connecting themselves into development partnerships with other companies and institutions of knowledge. Today they develop products installed in the most high-end vehicles and premium car brands using the most advanced materials and breakthrough technologies of their own development, enclosed in the so called factory of the future. This makes them one of the most distinguished players in the trend of Industry 4.0. In partnership with Böckmann, they are one of the leading and most innovative manufacturers of light car trailers in Europe, and they also have one of the biggest car dealership and service centre in Slovenia.

At yesterday’s ceremony, the guests were first addressed by Mr Marko Gorjup, President – CEO of TPV GROUP, who pointed out that on the 30 year long successful journey TPV has grown from a supplier to a globally recognized development and even pre-development supplier, so their big responsibility now is to continue to develop, enhance and build an even stronger TPV Group. At the end of his speech he especially thanked Mr Vladimir Gregor Bahč, the long-standing Board President and today’s Chairman of the Supervisory Board of TPV GROUP for his determination, courage and a clear vision he demonstrated to take the TPV Group, over the 30 years of operations, to the very top of the automotive industry, in recognition for which he conferred the award of honour on him.

Then Mr Vladimir Gregor Bahč shared his memories with all gathered of the thorny path they walked through in the early years. He said how proud he is of his colleagues and partners who stayed by his side, because »in such bad conditions for doing business, sometimes on the very edge of survival, not even the boldest would have dared to dream that our 30 year old story could have such a happy outcome as that which we are witnessing today.”
The speaker of honour, the Minister for Economic Development and Technology, Mr Zdravko Počivalšek, commended the development and associating orientation of the TPV Group and announced that within the Investment Promotion Act the Ministry of the Economy has approved a support to the comprehensive investment of TPV in the territory of the municipality of Brežice. The total amount of the investment is 49 million €, of which the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology will grant 6,5 million € according to the Investment Promotion Act. The investment will create 50 new jobs, of which at least 20 highly qualified jobs, and therefore represents an excellent opportunity for the development of this border region.

In the name of the Municipality of Novo mesto, Gregor Macedoni, the Mayor of the City, also congratulated the TPV Group on its anniversary and pointed out that whenever he represents the city of Novo mesto at home and abroad, he »is repeatedly confirmed that TPV is, with its quality products, innovations and reliability, an internationally recognized partner of many reputable companies worldwide.”

Tomaž Kordiš, the Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Dolenjska and Bela Krajina, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of TPV Group, conferred a special recognition of the GZDBK for its contribution to the economic development of the region, for its export-based operations and for its global performance in the industry.

Among numerous activities the TPV Group has been performing during the jubilee year, they did not forget their social responsibility. In the spirit of their vision »Creating mobility of the future«, Mr Marko Gorjup and Mr Vladimir Gregor Bahč offered a modern sports wheelchair to a disabled basketball player Milan  Slapničar. Milan is a permanent member of the Slovenian wheelchair national basketball team, and he also plays in the regional NLB wheelchair league. According to the national team coach Žiga Kobaševič, Milan is currently the best player and the strongest link in the national team. Milan is an example to many, but above all he is a great encouragement to the disabled who, in the beginning, face unimaginable traumas.  The new sports wheelchair, which is specially adapted for basketball,  is lighter, quicker and more agile, so it will provide him an even better mobility in the future.

The ceremony was led by the always charming Bernarda Žarn and enriched by musicians from the Dolenjska region Irena Yebuah Tiran, the accordionists Katarina Štefanič Rožanec and Tomaž Rožanec, and finally by a young percussion band MuwaRuwa Gruva from the Music School of Marjan Kozina, Novo mesto who performed on the TPV Group products.

 

 

ABOUT TPV GROUP:
TPV Group is one of the leading development suppliers operating on the global market of automotive industry. Their core activity, whose main driver is the company TPV d.o.o., is development and production of different components for automotive industry, such as body and chassis assemblies, car seat components and parts, and engine gaskets. Moreover, they develop and provide comprehensive solutions for production logistics management, where the automated guided vehicles, which are result of their own development, are one of the key products. The company is located in five sites in Slovenia– Novo mesto, Brežice, Suhor, Velika Loka and Ptuj – and one site in Kragujevac, Serbia. Due to the needs of customers, they intend to extend their production processes to new markets in the following years.
They are globally recognized as a development and pre-development supplier in the automotive industry. Their development services are purchased by most demanding OEMs for their premium brands like BMW, Mercedes Benz, Volvo, Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Land Rover, Renault etc. TPV develops products which have a significant impact on the driving dynamics, safety, ecology and driving comfort.
The TPV Group is besides TPV d.o.o. composed of TPV Prikolice d.o.o., TPV Avto d.o.o. and TPV Šumadija d.o.o., extending their field of operation to sales of new and used cars, program of comprehensive services for car users and program of light car trailers. The latter are developed and produced jointly with the German partner Böckmann. TPV is also one of the partners in the development company called SiEVA, who develops technological competencies and takes part in various research projects.