The toy giant LEGO said its new $1 billion plant in Vietnam’s Binh Duong Province will begin operations in the second half of 2024. This will be LEGO’s first carbon-neutral factory, powered by solar energy.
Lego Manufacturing Vietnam’s General director, Preben Elnef, said that over 2,000 people are working at the construction site, which covers 44 hectares in Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park 3, and the number of construction workers will double by the end of the year.
The plant plans to have 100 employees this year and 500 by the end of 2024, aiming to create a total of 4,000 jobs over 15 years.
This is the sixth plant of the Danish toy maker, and the second in Asia. It is Lego’s first carbon-neutral plant, utilizing electricity generated from solar energy.
More than 12,500 solar panels with a total capacity of 7.4 MW will be installed on the plant’s roof, and a solar farm will be built on an adjacent piece of land to supply energy.
Additionally, as of September 15, around 50,000 green trees had been planted in the campus in Vietnam.
Lego CEO Niels Christiansen said earlier that the company chose Vietnam for its big pool of skilled staff, commitment to carbon-neutrality by 2050, and location as gateway to the Asia-Pacific region, which have a growing market of young consumers.
Lego opened its first Asian plant in China during 2016, and the products of the Danish firm are sold in over 130 markets.