According to Romania’s economy minister, the government is trying to lure at least one major automaker to build a production plant in the eastern EU country.
Romania is already home for two major automakers. Renault produces the local Dacia-branded models at a plant in Pitesti, a facility that had an output rate of around 340,000 units in 2015. Ford also made a huge investment in the country, for now to make in Craiova the B-Max mini-MPV and EcoBoost 1.0-litre engines. Furthermore, the Detroit-based maker announced earlier this year it would bring the production of its EcoSport small SUV to Romania from 2017.
However, it seems the government is now trying to attract further such investments. “We are in talks for a third car manufacturing plant in Romania,” Costin Borc, the economy minister revealed during an interview to the television station Digi24. Without providing any names, he said the authorities were now negotiating with two major global carmakers, one within Europe and another from outside the region. Borc added that the government also considered to back the local automotive suppliers through an incentives plan, so that they can develop further to better support the automakers.
Daimler is another major carmaker with operations in Romania. The owner of Mercedes-Benz makes auto boxes – including the 9G-TRONIC – through two local subsidiaries, as well as gearwheels, shafts, machined components for engines, transmissions and steering systems.