The emerging markets in CE, SE and Eastern Europe include Romania, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia.

The emerging markets in CE, SE and Eastern Europe include Romania, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia.
The emerging markets in CE, SE and Eastern Europe include Romania, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia, Lithuania.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Romanian manufacturing sector grows at double-digit rate

The Romanian manufacturing sector continues its double-digit expansion. In Q1 2017 compared to Q1 2016, the new manufacturing orders in Romania increased by 12.7% due to the rises recorded for
  • consumer durables: +20.4% 
  • intermediate goods +18 %
  • capital goods +10.9%
  • consumer non‐durables +3.8% 

The Romanian Industrial Manufacturing sector presents numerous opportunities for foreign suppliers of machinery, special materials, chemicals, tooling etc. Due to the current developments, the Romanian industrial players are looking for modern technologies and tooling, special materials and machinery. Many of them are regularly visiting industrial trade fairs, such as Hanover Messe, in order to identify suitable suppliers.

More details at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/04/romanian-industrial-manufacturing.html

In regards to Mergers and Acquisitions, M&A, for strategic investors and international manufacturers looking to acquire local players in Romania and expand their operations in Europe, Romania can act as a strategic gateway into the EU as well as Eastern Europe. More details about a few examples of Successful Crossborder Acquisitions in Romania are available at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/01/successful-crossborder-acquisitions-in.html

Industrial manufacturing is a dynamic sector in Romania, benefitting from ongoing foreign investments, M&A interest from foreign players, an educated and productive labour force and a long tradition of industrial manufacturing, plastics production, metal working and casting.

On of the most dynamic sectors is Automotive Manufacturing. Romania is an attractive market for the foreign manufacturers of OEMs as well as of auto components, TIER 1, TIER 2 and TIER 3. The domestic market of auto components is dominated by big foreign companies that have manufacturing facilities in Romania, such as: Continental, Michelin, Autoliv, Takata, Schaeffler, Johnson Controls, Pirelli, Delphi, TRW Automotive, Leoni, Draxlmaier, Yazaki, Daimler etc.

More details at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/03/automotive-components-manufacturing-in.html

For specific details and direct contact with the relevant players and buyers in the Romanian industrial manufacturing sector, do not hesitate to contact the FRD Center team. FRD Center is a privately owned boutique-type firm which provides customised market entry services, M&A assistance, deal origination and tailor-made market research for foreign companies interested to enter Romania and the emerging markets in Europe as exporters, investors, producers or joint-ventures, to source in CE, SE and Eastern Europe, to acquire a local player or to relocate their manufacturing operations in the region.
For the FRD Center Market Services Corporate Presentation and Case Studies feel free to visit:http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/03/frd-center-market-services-corporate.html

FRD Center provides individual tailored B2B matchmaking services, organises in-coming trade missions to Romania as well as out-going Buyer Missions from Romania to the Client's market.

For international buyers looking to acquire local companies in Romania and the region, FRD Center provides target acquisition search & selection services, M&A assistance and deal origination.

To foreign companies looking to enter and expand on the Romanian market, FRD Center provides competitive analysis and in-depth market research to assist them strategise and benchmark against the local players already on the market.

Some of the FRD Center activities in 2016 can be consulted athttp://www.frdcenter.ro/English/about%20us.htm
Are you looking to acquire a player or make greenfield investment in Romania and thus set up operations in the region? Perhaps we could collaborate.

Romania is a gateway to the EU and Eastern Europe and numerous crossborder investments and acquisitions are registering double-digit profits. Why acquire a player in Romania? More details at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2016/11/why-choose-to-acquire-player-in-romania.html

Sectors of interest for crossborder acquisitions in Romania include: industrial manufacturing, automotive, food processing, agribusiness, chemicals production and distribution, furniture manufacturing, IT, BPO, healthcare, private medical services etc.

More details about successful crossborder acquisitions in Romania at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/01/successful-crossborder-acquisitions-in.html

Since 2000, FRD Center offers market research and M&A consulting services to foreign buyers and investment funds interested to enter Romania and the emerging markets in Europe as investors or joint-ventures.

More details about our Deal Origination services are available at: http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/02/deal-origination-in-romania-and-region.html

For tailor-made sector data, B2B matchmaking with players in the Emerging Markets in Europe, for M&A assistance and target origination feel free to contact the FRD Center team at: email: europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61

The FRD Center B2B Matchmaking services involve identification and selection of most relevant targets, direct liaison at Manager level, presentation of the Client's products / services, pursuit for obtaining expression of interest in a 1-2-1 meeting with the Client representative, arranging and confirming 1-2-1 business meetings in a Commercial Agenda / Business Itinerary in the market, assistance on location, follow-up etc. http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2016/09/b2b-matchmaking-services-in-romania-and.html

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Electric Power Tools Market in Romania

The Romanian market of Electric Power Tools relies almost entirely on imports. 

The Romanian imports of Electric Power Tools in the first nine months of 2016 have been over 10% higher than in the same period of the previous year. The share of Electric Power Tools imports from EU countries increased to 63% of the total, compared to 54% in the whole of 2015. Romanian Electric Power Tools imports from Asian producers declined to about 35% compared to 46% in the previous year, showing increasing preference of the Romanian consumer for better quality and increasing purchasing power.

Bosch Electric Tools Division reported record sales of EUR 4.5 bn in 2016, after a 7% increase in local currencies. According to company sources, 2016 has been the most successful year in the history of the company. They sold over 50 million electric tools all over the world and increased sales once again. Their products are well received by DIY and craftsmen alike. In addition, the Power Tools Division has introduced a number of connected power tools in 2016.

According to FRD Center analysis, Bosch Group has recorded consolidated sales of EUR 272 mil in Romania in 2015. The company has a direct presence in Romania through the firm Robert Bosch SRL focused on 
  • electrical tools 
  • heating systems 
  • security, safety and communication systems 
  • aftermarket auto equipment distribution 
In Romania, Robert Bosch Power Tools Division sells all three brands of power tools Group: Bosch, Skil and Dremel. Robert Bosch Power Tools Division collaborates with over 100 distributors all over Romania. Some of the major ones are: Partener SRL, Triton SRL, Proenerg SA, Expotehnica SRL, Pentagon SRL, Metatools SRL, Fabory SRL, Epinvest SRL, Techno Pro SRL, Global Tech SRL

The Bosch Electric Power Tool Division has recorded a double-digit growth in 2015 compared to 2014, especially on the segment of professional tools whose sales have increased by over 25%.

The importer of electric tools and brushcutters Stihl Romania, part of the German group Andreas Stihl, ended the year 2016 with a turnover of EUR 32 mil, which represents a 20% increase compared to 2015. The double-digit sales increase in Romania has been favored by economic factors such as lower VAT, economic development, increase of purchasing power of the end consumer as well as the completion of large residential construction projects.

At the same time, the number of stores in the company network increased by 20%, from 300 at the beginning of 2016 to 360 in Q1 2017.

Stihl Romania is wholly owned by the mother company in Germany and imports the Stihl and Viking brands on the Romanian market.

Other international Electric Power Tools manufacturers operating successfully on the Romanian market that FRD Center has been analysing include Makita, deWalt, Hitachi, BlackandDecker, Festool, Fein, Hilti, Metabo, Skil, Ridgid, Einhell.

The Romanian DIY Market registers continuous development and the DIY retail expands with new international and local networks opening new locations all over Romania. International DIY retail chains operating in Romania include Praktiker, Leroy Merlin, Hornbach and Kingfisher, while the domestic players are represented by Dedeman and Arabesque.
More details at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/02/diy-market-in-romania-continuous.html
Are you interested to export to Romania and the Emerging Markets in Eastern Europe? The Romanian Industrial Manufacturing sector presents numerous opportunities for foreign suppliers of machinery, special materials, chemicals, tooling etc.

In the first two months of 2017, Romanian industrial manufacturing went up 5.4% y-t-y. The growing trend is expected to continue, with the development of industrial parks, foreign and local investments in technologies and tooling, as well as with the expansion of current industrial operations of various producers. More details at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/04/romanian-industrial-manufacturing.html

Romania is a gateway to the EU and Eastern Europe and numerous crossborder investments and Mergers&Acquisitions are registering double-digit profits. Why acquire a player in Romania? More details at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2016/11/why-choose-to-acquire-player-in-romania.html

Sectors of interest for crossborder acquisitions in Romania include: industrial manufacturing, plastics, automotive, food processing, agribusiness, chemicals production and distribution, furniture manufacturing, IT, BPO, healthcare, private medical services, logistics, transportation, retail, distribution.

More details about successful crossborder M&A in Romania at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/01/successful-crossborder-acquisitions-in.html

Since 2000, FRD Center offers market research, deal origination and M&A consulting services to foreign buyers and investment funds interested to enter Romania and the emerging markets in Europe as investors or joint-ventures.

More details about our Deal Origination services are available at: http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/02/deal-origination-in-romania-and-region.html

For tailor-made market research, deal origination, B2B matchmaking with players in the Emerging Markets in Europe, for M&A assistance and target search and selection feel free to contact the FRD Center team at: 
email: europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61

The FRD Center B2B Matchmaking services involve identification and selection of most relevant targets, direct liaison at Manager level, presentation of the Client's products / services, pursuit for obtaining expression of interest in a 1-2-1 meeting with the Client representative, arranging and confirming 1-2-1 business meetings in a Commercial Agenda / Business Itinerary in the market, assistance on location, follow-up etc. http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2016/09/b2b-matchmaking-services-in-romania-and.html

Friday, 5 May 2017

Romanian retail registers double-digit growth in 2017



Romanian retail increased 16.4% in March 2017 compared to February 2017 and with 9.2% vs. March 2016.

In regards to Food retail and food imports developments in Romania here are some recent data put together by FRD Center Market Entry Services http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/03/food-retail-and-food-imports.html

With the increasing purchasing power in the current period and the consumption growth registered in Romania, it is expected to be seen an increase in the purchase of all the above types of products, with a preference for gourmet and speciality ones.

The Development of the Food Retail Sector in Romania has been monitored by FRD Center Market Entry Services http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2016/12/the-development-of-food-retail-sector.html

The Romanian Food & Beverages Retail continues to develop in 2017, mainly based on imported products. Are you interested to research the market opportunities or present your products to the Romanian buyers? To acquire a local player in the Romanian food retail or import-distribution market? To collaborate with a local importer-distributor? To acquire a local company or to expand your operations? Perhaps we can collaborate.

For more details about the DIY Market in Romania - its development, players, how to access the buyers and the suppliers of DIY feel free to consult 
http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/02/diy-market-in-romania-continuous.html

We, at FRD Center, are constantly monitoring various sectors and analysing certain potential opportunities for investors, for exporters and for those looking to source from Romanian manufacturers, providing B2B matchmaking and deal origination in the food & beverages sector.

What opportunity is interesting for you? How can we be of assistance to you?

For tailor-made sector data and B2B matchmaking with players in the Emerging Markets in Europe, feel free to contact the FRD Center team at:

email: europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61


Are you looking to connect with local specialised importer-distributors and direct buyers or with local suppliers / manufacturers in markets such as Romania, Czech Republic or Poland?

Perhaps we can collaborate. For tailor-made sector data and B2B matchmaking with players in the Emerging Markets in Europe, for product introduction to potential buyers in Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, Serbia, Lithuania etc. feel free to contact the FRD Center team at: email:europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61

FRD Center provides market research in Eastern Europe and the region, B2B matchmaking in the CE Europe and SEE, M&A assistance in Romania, in CEE and SEE, in the Emerging Markets in Europe.

The FRD Center B2B Matchmaking services involve identification and selection of most relevant targets, direct liaison at Manager level, presentation of the Client's products / services, pursuit for obtaining expression of interest in a 1-2-1 meeting with the Client representative, arranging and confirming 1-2-1 business meetings in a Commercial Agenda / Business Itinerary in the market, assistance on location, follow-up etc.

FRD Center organises B2B meetings, Trade Missions, Trade Delegations and business matchmaking between foreign producers, manufacturers, exporters and local buyers, importer-distributors, wholesalers, supliers in Romania, Eastern Europe and Emerging Markets in Europe.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Biomass and Renewable Energies Market in Romania

FRD Center considers that there are numerous opportunities for foreign companies involved in renewable energies technologies, in biomass and biogas utilisation, cogeneration, cleantech, Waste-to-Energy technologies, utilities management and automation, smart grid and smart metering technologies, waste management etc. to do business in Romania.

For tailor-made sector data, B2B matchmaking with players in the Emerging Markets in Europe, for M&A assistance and target origination feel free to contact the FRD Center team at: email: europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61

Funding for new projects, modernisation and rehabilitation is available both from Governmental and EU sources, as well as from private sources. As an example, the Priority Axis 6 under EU POIM program is dedicated to promoting clean energy and energy efficiency for a low carbon economy (total allocation 197.3 million Euro).

Similarly, the National Rural Development Program (PNDR) 2014-2020 with a total allocation of 9,36 billion Euro has a line of financing for investments in agricultural holdings to integrate energy efficiency measures and Renewable Energy Sources.

The measures encourage investments in installations for electrical or thermal energy production by using the biomass residues resulted from own farming activity as well as other sources.

The potential of biomass usage in Romania, as an alternative to fossil fuels, is a reality which attracts serious attention of both local and international players. Also, biogas from manure is a viable option for thermal power for Romania's many animal farms.

The installed capacity of biomass-based energy has increased in 2016 to 105,791 MW from 104,557 MW in 2015.

The production of biofuels and biogas is considered to have a high potential in Romania. In 2015, the production was 1,500 GWh for biofuels and 450 GWh for biogas.

The largest share of green energies in the total electricity production in Romania in 2015 was of hydro power (26%) followed by nuclear energy (20%), wind energy (8%), energy from biomass (1%) and photovoltaic energy (1%) according to Transelectrica data.

In respect to the renewable energy produced in Romania, in 2015 compared to 2014 the wind energy increased by 13.88%, biomass production increased by 2.9%. The most significant increase was recorded in the production of photovoltaic energy, of 22.58%, the generation of this sector totalizing 2.003 GWh.

Waste-to-Energy and energy from biomass is a hot topic in Romania for a multitude of reasons. One of them is the availability of waste and sub-products from the agricultural and forestry sectors. The potential of biomass from manure in Romania is based mainly on swine and poultry husbandry activities as they are the most organized industrial animal husbandry sectors and generate more than 75% of total estimated manure quantities / year.

According to the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture, in 2016 there were:
•2,081,233 heads of cattle
•4,478,596 heads of pigs
•85,096,537 heads of poultry
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As for forestry resources for biomass, according to the latest data published by the National Institute of Statistics, the total area of the forest land in Romania was 6 544.6 thousands hectares in 2014, accounting for 27.3% of the total country area. According to the same source, the production of fire wood in Romania in 2014 was of 4.86 million m3, while in 2015, it was of 5.08 million m3, 4.5% more than in 2014.

According to ASFOR, in Romania are harvested annually approx. 19 million cubic meters of timber, of which 12 million cubic meters for the industrial processes, and the difference of seven million cubic meters for heating and other uses.

According to the NREAP, the estimations for 2020 of biomass domestic supply of forest wood will reach 3,500,000 m3 per year, the supply of by-products of wood-based industry will reach 4,000,000 m3 per year, while the supply of resources from agriculture and fisheries (by-products) will reach 3,762,000 ton per year.

Currently a number of legislative documents are under preparation, such as the New Heating Law, which debates to set a 50% share of the energy produced (heat) for the domestic / district heating to be obtained from bioenergy sources, and the Biomass Law, whose main purpose is the creation of a transparent and stable framework for investors.

In Romania, the heat market is regulated by the Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority. Urban heating is provided by district thermal plants and old-style cogeneration plants running on natural gas and coal or oil. The cogeneration in district heating sector in Romania is being re-discovered as the most promising option to reduce the costs and the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of district heating operators.

More details about Smart Grid and Smart Metering developments and players in Romania are available at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/03/smart-grid-and-smart-metering.html

For more details about Romanian Agrotechnology Market Development you can consult http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/03/romanian-agrotechnology-market.html

Information about the Waste-to-Energy potential in Romania can be accessed at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/02/waste-to-energy-potential-in-romania.html

Are you interested to get involved in the Romanian market of green energies? To acquire a local player in the renewable energies sector in Eastern Europe? Perhaps we could collaborate.

Since 2000, FRD Center offers tailor-made market research and intelligence, target / deal origination, B2B matchmaking, background checks on players, M&A consulting services, competitive analysis to foreign companies interested to enter Romania and the emerging markets in Europe as investors or joint-ventures, to acquire a local player, to relocate their operations in CE, SE and Eastern Europe.

For B2B matchmaking services in Romania and other Emerging Markets in Europe http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2016/09/b2b-matchmaking-services-in-romania-and.html

For tailor-made sector data, B2B matchmaking with players in the Emerging Markets in Europe, for M&A assistance and target origination feel free to contact the FRD Center team at: email: europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61


The FRD Center B2B Matchmaking services involve identification and selection of most relevant targets, direct liaison at Manager level, presentation of the Client's products / services, pursuit for obtaining expression of interest in a 1-2-1 meeting with the Client representative, arranging and confirming 1-2-1 business meetings in a Commercial Agenda / Business Itinerary in the market, assistance on location, follow-up etc. 

Romania is a gateway to the EU and Eastern Europe and numerous crossborder investments and acquisitions are registering double-digit profits. Why acquire a player in Romania? More details at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2016/11/why-choose-to-acquire-player-in-romania.html

Sectors of interest for crossborder acquisitions in Romania include: healthcare, private medical services, automotive, food processing, agribusiness, chemicals production and distribution, furniture manufacturing, IT, BPO, logistics and transport, retail and distribution. 

More details about successful crossborder acquisitions in Romania at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/01/successful-crossborder-acquisitions-in.html

Since 2000, FRD Center offers market research and M&A consulting services to foreign buyers and investment funds interested to enter Romania and the emerging markets in Europe as investors or joint-ventures. 

More details about our Deal Origination services are available at: http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/02/deal-origination-in-romania-and-region.html

For tailor-made sector data, B2B matchmaking with players in the Emerging Markets in Europe, for M&A assistance and target origination feel free to contact the FRD Center team at: email: europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Romanian Medical Equipment market - opportunities for exporters


The Romanian Medical Equipment market, currently estimated at some EUR 500 million, is 90% generated by imports and offers opportunities for foreign manufacturers to export to Romania. In the next 3-5 years, it is expected to grow by approx 5% y-o-y, mainly due to Romania's economic growth and increasing health expenditure both by the Government and private consumers.

According to FRD Center analysis based on official statistics, in 2016, the imports into Romania of Taric 901920 - Ozone therapy, oxygen therapy, aerosol therapy, artificial respiration, other therapeutic respiration apparatus was 12.3% higher than in 2015. Similarly, the imports into Romania of Taric 9021 - Orthopaedic appliances, including crutches, surgical belts and trusses, splints and other fracture appliances, artificial parts of the body, hearing aids and other appliances which are worn or carried, or implanted in the body, to compensate for a defect or disability were 12.6% higher in 2016 compared to 2015.

The imports into Romania of Taric 9018 - Instruments and appliances used in medical, surgical, dental or veterinary sciences, including scintigraphic apparatus, other electromedical apparatus and sight-testing instruments registered in 2016 over EUR 216 million, while imports into Romania of Taric 9022 - Apparatus based on the use of X-rays or of alpha, beta or gamma radiation, whether or not for medical, surgical, dental or veterinary uses, including radiography or radiotherapy apparatus, X-ray tubes and other X-ray generators, high tension generators, control panels and desks, screens, examination or treatment tables, chairs and the like registered in 2016 over EUR 44.3 million.

The market of the private medical services is one of the fastest developing sectors in Romania. According to market sources, the private healthcare market in Romania is currently estimated at approximately 600 million EUR, with the first ten players having a market share of some 40%.

Romania is a market with excellent potential, a strategic location, and an increasingly solid business climate. Its economy is among the EU’s fastest growing. In 2017, its economic growth is expected to reach some 4.5%, having reached 4.8% GDP growth in 2016, following 3.8% in 2015 and 2.8% in 2014.

The Romanian market of medical devices and health equipment, 90% of which is generated by imports, is currently estimated at some EUR 500mil. In the next 3-5 years, it is expected to grow by approx 5% y-o-y, mainly due to Romania's economic growth and increasing health expenditure both by the Government and private consumers, leading to the strong growth of the private medical services market.

There are approximately 300 medical device distributors and commercial representatives, the most important ones representing manufacturers located in the United States, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, China, Turkey, and Switzerland.

FRD Center has extensive specialised d-base of relevant contacts in the medical devices and health equipment sector, of both importer-distributors and direct buyers. On behalf of our Clients - the foreign manufacturers interested to penetrate the local market - we contact the relevant key decision makers with product introduction and B2B matchmaking services.

Romanian healthcare is undergoing considerable reform and development. Both the public health services and the private healthcare system are expected to improve, expand and develop in the next period.

While the private health networks continue to attract foreign investment and acquire local players in order to consolidate their position, the public hospitals receive EU funding and public money for new buildings, development, refurbishment and modernisation.

As an example, recently the private healthcare network Regina Maria launched a new laboratory in Bucharest fitted with equipments that required a EUR 3.5 million investment. The Central laboratory is the first reference center Roche Diagnostic for biochemistry and immunology.

Some of the private hospitals in Romania are: Novogyn, Sanador, Metropolitan, Isis, Polisano, Ponderas, Puls, Euromaterna.

For more details on the current developments, main players and imports dynamics of the Romanian Market of Medical Devices and Equipment as well as the healthcare system in Romania, feel free to consult the FRD Center SAMPLE report at
http://www.frdcenter.ro/assets/The-Romanian-Market-of-Medical-Devices-and-Equipment.pdf

Are you interested to export your medical equipment and healthcare solutions to Romania and Eastern European markets? To connect with the local buyers and specialised importer-distributors? Perhaps we can collaborate.

The FRD Center team can arrange for you a Business Itinerary with 1-2-1 meetings and visits to relevant players, such as Purchasing Managers in Private Hospitals, Specialised Importer-Distributors etc.

For more details feel free to contact the FRD Center team at: email:europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61

FRD Center provides market research in Eastern Europe and the region, B2B matchmaking in the CE Europe and SEE, M&A assistance in Romania, in CEE and SEE, in the Emerging Markets in Europe.

For the FRD Center B2B matchmaking services in Romania and other Emerging Markets in Europe consult: http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2016/09/b2b-matchmaking-services-in-romania-and.html

For the FRD Center Market Research and Competitor Analysis in Romania and other Emerging Markets in Europe consult: http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/01/market-research-and-competitor-analysis.html

For the FRD Center Market Research, In-Depth Analysis, Competitor Profiling in the Emerging Markets in Europe consult http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/04/market-research-in-depth-analysis.html

Thursday, 27 April 2017

What is going on in Romania these days?

Romania is the most dynamic large market in Europe, with a GDP growth of 4.8% and unemployment average of 5.5%. Purchasing power of the Romanian population increased with 12% in 2016 and the consumption with 9%. In the first two months of 2017, Romanian industrial manufacturing went up 5.4% y-t-y.

In 2016, Romania recorded one of the highest economic growths in the European Union, due to fiscal relaxation measures, which boosted the trade and transport sector by 11% compared to the previous year, according to the Garanti Bank report. The GDP growth was also boosted by the services sector, which rose by 6% in 2016, and in particular by the IT sector, which grew by 14% last year compared to 2015.

According to the European Commission, Romania will continue to be the most dynamic market in the region also in 2017 and 2018.

What is going on in Romania these days? Some of the most recent developments in Romania include:

Romanian tech startup UiPath, which specializes in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), has raised a USD 30 million Series A financing from Accel Parners, one of the biggest venture capital funds in the world.

Car producer Dacia - part of Renault Group - , the biggest company in Romania based on revenues, reached a turnover of EUR 4.6 billion, up 8.3% compared to the previous year. The operating profit increased by 15%.

Romanian telecom group Digi launches biggest private IPO in Bucharest Stock Exchange history
Romania’s smartphone market is expected to exceed 4.4 mln units this year
Credit insurance and debt collection company Coface Romania opened an IT development center in Bucharest at the beginning of April. The center employs 80 people.

TMD Friction, which produces braking systems for Dacia and owns a factory in Caransebes, Caras-Severin county, acquired three plots with a total area of 25,000 sqm from the local city hall to expand its activity.

Logistics and auto transport company Hödlmayr Romania,active both on the domestic market and internationally, has posted in 2016 a turnover of EUR 36 million, representing a 10% year-on-year increase.

Autoliv Romania, one of the largest employers in the local car parts industry, part of the Swedish group, with 11,000 people, will open an engineering center in Iasi in the second half of this year. Autoliv estimates that the center will hire over 200 engineers in the next three years.

The private healthcare network Regina Maria launched a new laboratory in Bucharest fitted with equipments that required a EUR 3.5 million investment. The Central laboratory is the first reference center Roche Diagnostic for biochemistry and immunology.

According to the Romanian Minister of Transports, infrastructure projects that will be launched this year for tenders in the transport sector are totalling around EUR 5bn from EU funds.

According to the Romanian Minister for the Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship,Volkswagen-Audi and Enercon are interested in entering the Romanian market and develop partnerships in the country. “A large attendance to Hannover Messe represents a way to increase Romania’s contribution to the total value of German imports from 1.26 percent to 3 percent,”

Bittnet Systems announced plans to merge with Gecad Net to consolidate its position as multicloud area. Bittnet Systems wants to open offices in Timisoara, Oradea, Iasi and Craiova. Bittnet Systems is the first IT company from Romania to be listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB).

Romania is a gateway to the EU and Eastern Europe and numerous crossborder investments and acquisitions are registering double-digit profits. Why acquire a player in Romania? More details at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2016/11/why-choose-to-acquire-player-in-romania.html

Sectors of interest for crossborder acquisitions in Romania include: healthcare, private medical services, automotive, food processing, agribusiness, chemicals production and distribution, furniture manufacturing, IT, BPO, logistics and transport, retail and distribution.

More details about successful crossborder acquisitions in Romania at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/01/successful-crossborder-acquisitions-in.html

Since 2000, FRD Center offers market research and M&A consulting services to foreign buyers and investment funds interested to enter Romania and the emerging markets in Europe as investors or joint-ventures.

More details about our Deal Origination services are available at: http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/02/deal-origination-in-romania-and-region.html

For tailor-made sector data, B2B matchmaking with players in the Emerging Markets in Europe, for M&A assistance and target origination feel free to contact the FRD Center team at: email: europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61


Info sources: Business Review, Romania Insider

Friday, 21 April 2017

Food and Beverages Dutch Trade Mission to Romania / Bulgaria

GfK: Two Thirds Of Romanians’ Expenses Target Foods - 2016 was the second consecutive year when Romanians had an increased appetite for more expensive products and higher expenses, according to a study by GfK Romania. 

Join the Dutch Trade Mission to Bucharest to meet with the Romanian buyers and Bulgarian buyers, food and beverages importers, food and beverages producers in these markets.

More details at:

http://roemenie.agroberichtenbuitenland.nl/roemenie/snelgroeiende-levensmiddelenmarkten-roemenie-en-bulgarije-ontdek-u-zakelijke-kansen/

DUTCH TRADE MISSION ROMANIA/BULGARIA: FOOD AND FOOD PROCESSING
6 - 9 June 2017 - Handelsmissie Food and Food Processing juni 2017

Are you a Dutch food business operator willing to do business in Romania and Bulgaria, or do you want to expand your business? Join the Dutch trade mission and matchmaking to Bucharest! Explore the local market and meet the relevant players.
U heeft een bedrijf in de levensmiddelensector en u wilt meer weten over zaken doen in Roemenië en Bulgarije, of u wilt uw bedrijf uitbreiden? Verken dan efficiënt de lokale markt en ontmoet relevante spelers tijdens de handelsmissie in Boekarest van 6 tot 9 juni.

Food market in Romania and Bulgaria
The agri-food market in Romania is one of the most dynamic in Europe. Romania's food imports have reached in 2016 the historical record of EUR5.8bn. GDP growth was 4.8% and purchasing power went up 12%. Provisional data show that FDI into Romania increased by 19% in 2016. Second largest in CE Europe after Poland, Romania is presently a market with outstanding potential, a strategic location, and an increasingly solid business climate. Romania’s impressive recent economy and consumption growth make it an interesting destination for food exports and investments in food processing.

Bulgarian food and beverage industry produces nearly EUR 5 bln or 3.5% of GVA. Food industry is an important part in the export structure of the country. Investments in food industry had more than 10% annual growth in 2013-2016. Processors increasingly demand technologies and organisational practices to improve competitiveness and reduce labour costs. The consistent growth in personal income and HoReCa development resulted into a more sizable premium food market niche, although the Bulgarian food market is still characterized by severe price competition.

Opportunities for Dutch companies
The mission is addressed to Dutch companies active in the following areas:
• Food and Beverage products
• Food and Beverage industry technology
• Raw materials and ingredients for F&B production

Business opportunities for Dutch food and beverage exporters are envisaged mainly because:
- purchasing power of Romanian consumer increased with 12% in 2016 and it is expected to continue
- local food production capacities are being further expanded and modernised
- imports of specialty type and gourmet foods will continue to grow in 2017-2020
- consumption pattern of Bulgarian consumers is changing – seeking for maximum health benefits and minimum artificial ingredients.

Mission program
To maximise on these and other opportunities, the Netherlands Embassy in Bucharest will facilitate an intensive Trade Mission for interested Dutch companies from 6-9 June 2017.

The Mission will:
1 - provide an insight into the diverse opportunities of the Romanian and Bulgarian food & beverages market through a Sector Roundtable and two Retail Store Visits
2 - facilitate customised B2B matchmaking: direct contacts with main market players - specialist importers-distributors, direct buyers in main retail chains, food & beverages producers - and institutional stakeholders, and give first-hand information on commercial collaborations and export possibilities
3 - enable direct contact with key opinion leaders, authorities, market players, the Dutch business community in Romania in a Networking Event
4. – Bulgarian food and beverage companies will be invited and facilitated to participate in the B2B matchmaking sessions.

Participants are kindly asked to register before the deadline of 28 April 2017.

Organisers
The activities are organized by the Netherlands Embassy in Bucharest. The local project management and B2B matchmaking is provided by FRD Center.

For additional information and registration in view of participation please contact:

Anda Popescu
Policy Advisor, Agriculture & Food
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Agriculture, Food and Nature
T +40 21 208 6051
anda.popescu@minbuza.nl
BKR-LNV@minbuza.nl

Jackie Bojor
Director
FRD Center
Tel: +40 21 411 1459
europa@frdcenter.ro

According to GfK: The FMCG market rose 3,4%, by value, on the year in 2016. Romanians buy essential goods less often, but spend more when they go shopping. When it comes to essential goods, the categories of food products still dominate Romanians’ expenses, accounting for 66%.

Modern commerce makes up 57% of Romania’s overall FMCG market. Throughout 2016, modern retailers won two percentage points compared with 2015. Supermarket and discount-type stores contributed the most to the increase in modern commerce, gaining half of percentage point, each.

The market share of the ten largest retailers rose by only one percentage point (compared with three points in 2015). Lidl and Profi are among the most active retailers when it comes to market share increase. Traditional commerce had a negative evolution throughout 2016, and the decrease by two percentage points was caused by a decline in the frequency by which Romanians shop in traditional stores.

Source: http://www.mediafax.ro/magyar/gfk-two-thirds-of-romanians-expenses-target-foods-16236558

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Romanian Industrial Manufacturing sector - opportunities for foreign suppliers

The Romanian Industrial Manufacturing sector presents numerous opportunities for foreign suppliers of machinery, special materials, chemicals, tooling etc.

In the first two months of 2017, Romanian industrial manufacturing went up 5.4% y-t-y. The growing trend is expected to continue, with the development of industrial parks, foreign and local investments in technologies and tooling, as well as with the expansion of current industrial operations of various producers.

According to the National Prognosis Comission, the beverage industry will grow 6.8% in 2017, up from 3.2% in 2016.

The Romanian automotive manufacturing industry is expected to see a 7% increase compared to last year.

Production of coke and refined petroleum products, which includes mainly the oil refining segment, will grow by 8.7% this year, compared with 7.3% in 2016 and 0.1% in 2015.

The sector of manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products is expected to grow 9.8% this year.

The manufacture of computers and electronic and optical products is the area which is estimated to register the highest increase: 12% in 2017 compared to the previous year.

According to the National Statistics Institute and the Prognosis Comission, the Romanian industrial manufacturing branches that have significantly increased their turnover in 2016, compared to the previous year were:

- paper and paper products production: 23.6%

- electrical equipment manufacturing: 14.6%,

- manufacture of road transport vehicles: 12.6%

- coal and coke production: 11.5%

- chemicals and chemical substances: 10.9%

- furniture manufacturing: 10.9%

Due to the current developments, the Romanian industrial players are looking for modern technologies and tooling, special materials and machinery. Many of them are regularly visiting industrial trade fairs, such as Hanover Messe, in order to identify suitable suppliers.


For specific details and direct contact with the relevant players and buyers in the Romanian industrial manufacturing sector, do not hesitate to contact the FRD Center team. FRD Center is a privately owned boutique-type firm which provides customised market entry services, M&A assistance, deal origination and tailor-made market research for foreign companies interested to enter Romania and the emerging markets in Europe as exporters, investors, producers or joint-ventures, to source in CE, SE and Eastern Europe, to acquire a local player or to relocate their manufacturing operations in the region.
For the FRD Center Market Services Corporate Presentation and Case Studies feel free to visit:http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/03/frd-center-market-services-corporate.html

FRD Center provides individual tailored B2B matchmaking services, organises in-coming trade missions to Romania as well as out-going Buyer Missions from Romania to the Client's market.

For international buyers looking to acquire local companies in Romania and the region, FRD Center provides target acquisition search & selection services, M&A assistance and deal origination.

To foreign companies looking to enter and expand on the Romanian market, FRD Center provides competitive analysis and in-depth market research to assist them strategise and benchmark against the local players already on the market.

Some of the FRD Center activities in 2016 can be consulted at
http://www.frdcenter.ro/English/about%20us.htm
Are you looking to acquire a player or make greenfield investment in Romania and thus set up operations in the region? Perhaps we could collaborate.

Romania is a gateway to the EU and Eastern Europe and numerous crossborder investments and acquisitions are registering double-digit profits. Why acquire a player in Romania? More details at 
http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2016/11/why-choose-to-acquire-player-in-romania.html

Sectors of interest for crossborder acquisitions in Romania include: healthcare, private medical services, industrial manufacturing, automotive, food processing, agribusiness, chemicals production and distribution, furniture manufacturing, IT, BPO.

More details about successful crossborder acquisitions in Romania at 
http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/01/successful-crossborder-acquisitions-in.html

Since 2000, FRD Center offers market research and M&A consulting services to foreign buyers and investment funds interested to enter Romania and the emerging markets in Europe as investors or joint-ventures.

More details about our Deal Origination services are available at: 
http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/02/deal-origination-in-romania-and-region.html


For tailor-made sector data, B2B matchmaking with players in the Emerging Markets in Europe, for M&A assistance and target origination feel free to contact the FRD Center team at: email: europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61 


The FRD Center B2B Matchmaking services involve identification and selection of most relevant targets, direct liaison at Manager level, presentation of the Client's products / services, pursuit for obtaining expression of interest in a 1-2-1 meeting with the Client representative, arranging and confirming 1-2-1 business meetings in a Commercial Agenda / Business Itinerary in the market, assistance on location, follow-up etc. http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2016/09/b2b-matchmaking-services-in-romania-and.html

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Romanian Automotive Market - 2nd highest growth in the EU

Romanian Automotive Market continues to grow in 2017 confirming the Romanians' increasing purchasing power: In Q1 2017, the Romanian new car registrations went up 27.5% y-t-y to 22,276 units, this being the second biggest growth in the European Union.

Romania’s National Prognosis Commission (CNP) estimates that Bucharest’s GDP will grow by 4.9% this year, to EUR 24,580 per inhabitant. In 2016, the Romanians' purchasing power increased with 12%. After a GDP growth of 4.8% in 2016, the estimations for 2017 are of a GDP advance of 4.2% to 5.2%.

Are you interested in more details about the Romanian Automotive Sector developments? To invest or to enter the Romanian automotive components manufacturing sector? The Romanian Auto Aftermarket sector? To acquire a local autodealer? To collaborate with a local player? To export, to acquire a local company or to expand your operations? Perhaps we can collaborate.

Here are some other details of potential interest regarding the Romanian Automotive Market:
Romanian auto market registers highest growth in the EU
http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2016/09/romanian-auto-market-registers-highest.html

Imports and Importers of Automotive Aftermarket Parts in Romania http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/03/imports-and-importers-of-automotive.html

We, at FRD Center, are constantly monitoring various sectors and analysing certain potential opportunities for investors, for exporters and for those looking to source from Romanian manufacturers. We facilitate direct contacts between foreign exporters and investors and the local buyers or acquisition targets.

What opportunity is interesting for you? How can we be of assistance to you?

For some B2B matchmaking services feel free to consult  B2B matchmaking services in Romania and other Emerging Markets in Europe: http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2016/09/b2b-matchmaking-services-in-romania-and.html

For tailor-made sector data and B2B matchmaking with players in the Emerging Markets in Europe, feel free to contact the FRD Center team at:
email: europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61

FRD Center provides market research in Eastern Europe and the region, B2B matchmaking in the CE Europe and SEE, M&A assistance in Romania, in CEE and SEE, in the Emerging Markets in Europe.


The FRD Center B2B Matchmaking services involve identification and selection of most relevant targets, direct liaison at Manager level, presentation of the Client's products / services, pursuit for obtaining expression of interest in a 1-2-1 meeting with the Client representative, arranging and confirming 1-2-1 business meetings in a Commercial Agenda / Business Itinerary in the market, assistance on location, follow-up etc. http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2016/09/b2b-matchmaking-services-in-romania-and.html

Monday, 17 April 2017

Trade and Investment Opportunities in Romania - H1 2017

The FRD Center team is constantly monitoring the investment and commercial opportunities on the Romanian market.

Sectors include
Automotive Components Manufacturing
Imports and Importers of Automotive Aftermarket Parts
Smart Grid and Smart Metering developments and players
Industrial Chemicals and Polymers Distributors in Romania
Agrotechnology imports
IT and Outsourcing Market
Food retail, imports and production
Water and Wastewater management
Healthcare services

More details are available in the FRD Center presentation Trade and Investment Opportunities in Romania - H1 2017 at
http://www.frdcenter.ro/assets/Market-Opportunities-Romania-H1-2017-FRD-Center.pdf

For the FRD Center Market Services Corporate Presentation and Case Studies feel free to visit:
http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/03/frd-center-market-services-corporate.html

FRD Center is a privately owned boutique-type firm which provides customised market entry services, M&A assistance, deal origination and tailor-made market research for foreign companies interested to enter Romania and the emerging markets in Europe as exporters, investors, producers or joint-ventures, to source in CE, SE and Eastern Europe, to acquire a local player or to relocate their manufacturing operations in the region.

FRD Center provides individual tailored B2B matchmaking services, organises in-coming trade missions to Romania as well as out-going Buyer Missions from Romania to the Client's market.

For international buyers looking to acquire local companies in Romania and the region, FRD Center provides target acquisition search & selection services, M&A assistance and deal origination.

To foreign companies looking to enter and expand on the Romanian market, FRD Center provides competitive analysis and in-depth market research to assist them strategise and benchmark against the local players already on the market.

Some of the FRD Center activities in 2016 can be consulted at
http://www.frdcenter.ro/English/about%20us.htm
Are you looking to acquire a player or make greenfield investment in Romania and thus set up operations in the region? Perhaps we could collaborate.

Romania is a gateway to the EU and Eastern Europe and numerous crossborder investments and acquisitions are registering double-digit profits. Why acquire a player in Romania? More details at
http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2016/11/why-choose-to-acquire-player-in-romania.html

Sectors of interest for crossborder acquisitions in Romania include: healthcare, private medical services, industrial manufacturing, automotive, food processing, agribusiness, chemicals production and distribution, furniture manufacturing, IT, BPO.

More details about successful crossborder acquisitions in Romania at
http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/01/successful-crossborder-acquisitions-in.html

Since 2000, FRD Center offers market research and M&A consulting services to foreign buyers and investment funds interested to enter Romania and the emerging markets in Europe as investors or joint-ventures.

More details about our Deal Origination services are available at:
http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/02/deal-origination-in-romania-and-region.html

For tailor-made sector data, B2B matchmaking with players in the Emerging Markets in Europe, for M&A assistance and target origination feel free to contact the FRD Center team at: email: europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61