The ideal destination city for investments
Ajka has century-old industrial tradition, where industrial plants with long history are located, as the glass factory and the thermal power plant. Thanks to excellent conditions and fully insured institutional functions Ajka city is characterized by advanced technology.
Ajka is decisive importance city in Central Transdanubia, center of Ajka district, where live 36 764 people. The city is situated along the fault line, which divides the north and south strand of Bakony, south from the main road 8.
The road traffic is expected to increase as the results of the current and expected future developments - among other things on the Austrian side - as a result, gradually evolves into a European significance transit corridor. Budapest-Székesfehérvár-Szombathely Nr. 20 electrified railway line provides Ajka’s rail connection. The rail line is currently part of Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T core network), this is "Mediterranean" corridor on its fantasy name. According to its significance modernization, expansion of the single-track section between Székesfehérvár-Boba is in progress in 2014-2020 cycle.
Road distance from the town's county town (Veszprém) 37 kilometers; from the lake - one of its most prominent town, named Balatonfüred - only 40 kilometers, but it has not significant tourism income. The closest situated, similar, but larger populations city in this area, Ajka located 41 kilometers from Pápa, so thanks to the fully provided institutional functions Ajka play special role in the central region.
|City name||Population (2013)||Road distance from Ajka|
|Pápa||31 528||41 km|
|Mosonmagyaróvár||32 092||117 km|
|Zalaegerszeg||59 618||93 km|
|Sopron||60 528||118 km|
|Veszprém||60 876||37 km|
|Tatabánya||67 406||132 km|
|Szombathely||77 547||89 km|
|Győr||128 567||84 km|
Ajka city's position compared to the similar or major population town of the Dunántúl (Source: KSH, 2013)
The road traffic is expected to increase as the results of the current and expected future developments - among other things on the Austrian side - as a result, gradually evolves into a European significance transit corridor.
The city bus transport junction position strengthens the central region role, whereas nearly two hundred shuttless of North West Transport Centre in Hungary stop in the city.
Budapest-Székesfehérvár-Szombathely Nr. 20 electrified railway line provides Ajka’s rail connection. The rail line is currently part of Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T core network), this is "Mediterranean" corridor on its fantasy name. According to its significance modernization, expansion of the single-track section between Székesfehérvár-Boba is in progress in 2014-2020 cycle.
Basis of the industrial development in the last two decades are the qualified local and area workers with several decades of industrial tradition. The revival and development has started in the workforce who previously and gained perience in mining, heavy industry and engineering experience gained, which characterizes the city and the industrial park. Over the past twenty years, the local workforce effectively adapted to the changed requirements of industry structure, it mastered new working methods, work organization and management methods which make it internationally competitive. They have received a training program in the newly settled companies which makes the foreign language professional communications to natural and necessary during everyday work. It is associated with hard work, diligence and a high degree of loyalty. Many of them are also proud of the fact that the efficiency indicators in their firms reach normal levels.
Work age population of west of Veszprém County made up the natural workforce of the companies operating in the industrial park. A feature of the local employment market, the employment rate higher than the national average, but from the closed bauxite mine is skilled workforce is a permanent capacity again.
Industry focus areas
Ajka city’s composition of current industry focus territories are primarily focused on these:
- Manufacturing of automotive parts and products;
- Mechatronics, electronics and electromechanical assembly;
- Manufacture of basic metals, metal processing;
- Glass and glass product manufacturing;
Influential Elements of the city's "soft" contact system are the decades-old sister city relationships. With the sister cities in fhe four different countries Ajka has cooperation with differens results and purposes:
- Weiz (Austria): Exchange of experience in conjunction with management of industrial history
- Unna (Germany): Cultural, education, student exchange programs, common projects between self-organizing communities, exchange of experience in economic matters - Ruhr settlement.
- Cristuru Secuiesc (Romania): With this town several times per year personal meetings and weekly-monthly information exchange in the field of culture.
- Maaliskuuta Rovaniemi (Finland): Industrial, marketing and product development related exchange of experience.
The cluster organization:
The city's initiative, automotive parts manufacturer and engaged in other business activities of mechanical and secondary and higher educational institutions and economic development organizations formed Ajka Mechatronics and Automotive Cluster with 24 members in 2007. After it's expanded with Veszprém innovation clusters in 2012, it has changed the name to Bakony Balaton Mechatronics and Automotive Cluster. With this decision it became the largest cluster organization of Transdanubia with 37 members, which in 2014 earned the highest available cluster degree, named "Accreditation for Innovation".
COMPANIES WITH A LONG TRADITION IN THE CITY
Ajka Crystal Ltd.
Founded by Neumann Bernard in 1878 Ajka glass factory at the turn of the century has become a world-famous: it was a gold medal awarded participant in the 1896 Millennium exhibition, the Paris in 1900 Exposition and the 1904 St. Louis exhibition. In the 2 factories of Ajka Chrystal 1,000 people work to build producing world-class products. Thanks to the ancient technology (workers blows the glass to shape with mouth) and high-quality handmade glass manufacturing processes, the 90-96% of manufactured products are sold at the export market.
Products: potassium crystal and lead crystal goblets, cups, jugs, bottles, table decorations, unique arts and crafts products.
Reference: Tiffany, Rosenthal, Royal Doulton, Dartington, Bloomingsdale, Lenox, Hoya Glass, Sasaki Co., Colle, Corradi, CRISTALLERIE de Haute Bretagne, Cristofle
Bakonyi Power Plant Plc.
Bakonyi Power Plant Company started its main activity in 1943, coal-based electricity production, which is connected to the national electricity system through a 120 kV transmission line since 1949. According to the environmental standards to significantly reduce of the air pollution, the company has started firing with biomass in 2004. Recognizing the potential opprtunities of renewable energies the company has created the first wind power plant in Hungary in 2000.
Services: municipal and industrial heat supply
MOST IMPORTANT SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES IN THE CITY
Le Belier Hungary Formaöntöde Plc.
It is a manufacturer of aluminum parts for the automotive industry, which employs 1000 people in Ajka French company. Based on high production capacity, the competence of the local professionals and recognized quality the Hungarian subsidiary is highly considered among the Le Belier factories.
Products: aluminum parts
Quality Assurance: ISO 9002, VALEO 1000
Ajka Electronics Ltd.
Ajka Electronics Ltd. has 330 employees, 95% of the company’s production is automotive products. The company has OEM, Tier 1, Tier 2 automotive supplier status.
Products: automotive parts, automotive accessories, Service: automotive components, surface protection
Quality Assurance: ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949
AE Plastic Ltd.
The company is 100% Hungarian-owned, it left the Electronic Manufacturing and Services Ltd. with total legal succession in 2008.
Products: exterior plastic panels, seat parts, seat decisive levers and buttons, door-stoppers
Services: plastic parts manufacturing, electro-mechanical assembly, manufacturing and product management, logistics services
Reference: Hungarian Suzuki Ltd., Hungarian Toyo-Seat Ltd., Otter Controls Ltd.