KYB Europe is demonstrating its commitment to the aftermarket with the launch of a brand new coil spring factory based in Chrudim in the Czech Republic, which is around 15km from KYB’s existing shock absorber factory in Pardubice.
This new coil spring factory has been built in order to support the increasing demand for KYB K-Flex coil springs across Europe and Eurasia. Initial investment is around €10 million and construction began in May 2013 with completion in December. Production begins in January 2014, increasing gradually to full volume and range by the third quarter of this year.
The manufacturing process has been established based on the highest production standards. A carefully controlled shot peening process significantly increases the fatigue life of the coil spring. All K-Flex coil springs are phosphate coated prior to receiving an epoxy powder coating. This process guarantees a tough, durable finish with enhanced corrosion resistance properties. Traceability is ensured by a new laser marking system, unique to KYB.
Mike Howarth, Vice President of KYB Europe Headquarters explains “This new coil spring factory is an important development for KYB in Europe and the investment will help strengthen KYB’s position as a leading supplier of aftermarket coil springs. KYB Europe began selling coil springs ten years ago, initially in the UK and then expanding across all of Europe and Eurasia. Our strategy has always been to bring KYB’s manufacturing expertise to this important product”.
KYB recommends that all shock absorbers and coil springs are fitted in pairs, in order to maximise ride handling and comfort.