German auto parts manufacturer Bosch is to extend its manufacturing facility in Blaj, Romania. Starting in the spring of 2013, wheel-speed and crankshaft sensors are to be manufactured there for the automotive industry.
The German giant will invest some 43 million euros up to the end of 2013 in a plant extension and new manufacturing equipment. Construction will start in the spring of 2012.
By the end of 2013, roughly 300 new jobs will be created in new premises covering some 21,000 square meters. By 2020, the number of associates manufacturing wheel-speed and crankshaft sensors is expected to rise to roughly 1,000.
Up to now, Bosch Rexroth has manufactured linear-motion technology at the Blaj location, for use in mechanical engineering. The manufacturing site has existed since 2007. Some 580 associates are currently employed in Blaj.
The Bosch Group has two further locations in Romania. In Bucharest, it has a sales company for power tools, thermotechnology, security systems, and automotive aftermarket products, and it runs a communication center in Timisoara. In total, some 1,400 associates currently work for Bosch in Romania.