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, 13 December 2013

Romania - foreign and local investment up-dates 2013

  • Green Group, which operates in Romania, Serbia and Macedonia, launched in December 2013 a glass recycling plant in Romania, following an investment of four million EUR. The plant in located near Bucharest and has the glass processing capacity of 110,000 tonnes per year. Green Group includes four companies: GreenTech SA, GreenFiber International SA,   GreenWEEE International SA and GreenLamp Reciclare SA.
  • Enel Green Power launched in November 2013 its fourth photovoltaic plant in Romania. The unit is located in the Dolj county and has the total installed capacity of 10 MW.
  • Coca-Cola opened in October 2013 a new bottling line of soft drinks containing fruit pulp (Cappy Pulpy brand) at its plant in Ploiesti, with an investment of 22 million EUR. The production line has the capacity of up to 36,000 bottles per hour. Following this investment, Coca-Cola transforms its plant in Ploiesti into a regional export hub. The Ploiesti plant is the biggest Coca-Cola bottling plant in the South-Eastern Europe.
  • The Romanian private healthcare provider Gral Medical opened in October 2013 its first hospital, following an investment of seven million EUR. The OncoFort hospital is built on a surface of 5,000 sqm in Bucharest. The new unit is expected to generate revenues of four million EUR in the first year of operation.
  • The South Korean Group Samsung finalised an investment of 100 million EUR in a solar park in Slobozia in October 2013. The project has the capacity of 45 MW and covers an area of approximately 112.5 hectares.
  • In the third trimester of 2013, the Romanian wine producer Domeniile Ostrov recorded an increase of its sales by 20% compared to the similar period of the previous year. The company has 1,300 hectares of vineyards in the Dobrogea region.
  • Terapia, part of the Ranbaxy Group, recorded in the third trimester of 2013 an increase of its turnover by approximately 5% compared to the same period of the previous year. Terapia is the biggest producer of generic drugs in Romania.
  • In the first nine months of 2013, the Romanian producer Agricola Bacau recorded an increase of the chicken sales by 13% compared to the similar period of 2012. The company focuses on the domestic market, especially on the traditional retail area.
  • The battery producer Rombat, controlled by the South African Group Metair, finalised in September 2013 an investment of 17 million EUR in a new production unit at its existing factory in Bistrita Nasaud. This investment brings the company’s production capacity to 3.3 million batteries per year.
  • Rompetrol Rafinare, part of the Rompetrol Group, finalised in August 2013 the modernisation of the coker installation within the Petromidia Refinery, following an investment of approximately 53 million USD. The installation has a capacity of 1.17 million tonnes per year.
  • Azomures, the leader of the chemical fertilizer manufacturing market in Romania, signed in July 2013 a contract of 75 million EUR with the Czech firm Chemoprojekt for the modernisation of the Azomures urea plant located in Targu Mures. The modernisation works are expected to be finalised in 2015 and, following this investment, the production capacity will increase from 900 tonnes per day to 1,425 tonnes per day.
  • OMV Petrom finalised in July 2013 an investment of approximately 40 million EUR in a new gas desulphurisation installation at the Petrobrazi Refinery. The new installation is expected to have a positive impact on the refinery’s energy efficiency.
  • The local dairy producer Albalact registered a turnover increase by 23% in the first half of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012. The company produces and sells the brands Fulga, Zuzu, de Albalact and Raraul. 
  • In June 2013, the German Group Bosch launched a new production unit of auto components in Blaj, following investments of approximately 50 million EUR. This is the Group’s third production unit located in Blaj.
  • The German producer Henkel opened in April 2013 its third plant in Romania, following investments of over ten million EUR. The new manufacturing unit is located in Roznov, Neamt county and has the production capacity of 180,000 tonnes of adhesives per year.
  • Following investments of 25 million EUR, Austria Card Romania launched in April 2013 a plant in Bucharest that manufactures smart cards (chip-based cards). 80% of the plant’s production is exported to over 35 countries.
  • The Italian company DeLonghi started in March 2013 the production of the coffee machines at the plant in Jucu, Cluj county. DeLonghi acquired in 2012 the plant in Jucu from the mobile phone producer Nokia. 
  • Holzindustrie Schweighofer, part of the Schweighofer Group Austria, announced in March 2013 an investment of 150 million EUR in a new wood processing plant in Romania. The unit will cover 70 hectares and it is expected to be launched in 2014. 80% of the lumber produced by the new unit will be exported, the main market being Asia (especially Japan). Holzindustrie Schweighofer is the leader on the Romanian timber manufacturing market.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Powder Paints Market in Romania



According to the FRD Center analysis, the Romanian market includes 13 independent importer-distributors of powder paints - they distribute also other products such as industrial paints. In 2012, these players recorded a cumulative net turnover of approximately 19 million EUR and over 100 employees.

The most profitable five independent importer-distributors of powder coatings and industrial paints in Romania in 2012 were Elton Corporation, Technochim, Chemical Total, Filkon International and Lampart Trade, with a combined net profit of some 1.2 million EUR.

According to the FRD Center analysis, the imports of paints and varnishes (including enamels and lacquers) based on synthetic polymers or chemically modified natural polymers, dispersed or dissolved in a non-aqueous medium in Romania recorded approximately 126 million USD in 2012. The Romanian imports of paints and varnishes (including enamels and lacquers) based on synthetic polymers or chemically modified natural polymers, dispersed or dissolved in an aqueous medium registered some 75 million USD in 2012.

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Thursday, 7 November 2013

The thermoplastic packaging sector in Romania


According to the FRD Center market analysis, twenty eight manufacturers of thermoplastic packaging operate on the Romanian market. In 2012, they recorded a combined net turnover of some 140 million EUR and had over 2,600 employees.

The ten most profitable manufacturers of thermoplastic packaging in Romania in 2012 were: Greiner Packaging, Plastor, Munplast, Sterk Plast, Argo Rom Plastics, Gold Plast Production, British Foam Grup, Harplast, Chimica and Diaplast Production. 

Resulting from the FRD Center research, these recorded a cumulative net profit of over 11 million EUR in 2012.

For example, Greiner Packaging Romania, part of the Greiner Group with HQ in Austria, recorded in the first semester of 2013 a turnover of over 14.5 million EUR, up by 8% compared to the similar period of the previous year. The company announced investments of over two million EUR in 2013 for the production modernising.

According to the FRD Center analysis, the imports of the vacuum-moulding machines and other thermoforming machines in Romania registered almost eight million USD in 2012, up by approximately 30% compared to the previous year.

The Romanian exports of the plastic articles for the conveyance or packing of goods, plastic stoppers, lids, caps and other closures recorded 116 million USD in 2012, up by 16% compared to 2011.

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Romania's economic growth in 2013

According to the autumn predictions made public by the European Commission this week, Romania will record 2.2% growth this year as compared to the previously-estimated 1.6% and its economy will expand next year by 2.1% percent as compared to the previous forecast of 2.2%.
The estimated year-on-year inflation rate in 2013 is 3.3%, to drop to 2.5% in 2014 and hit 3.4% in 2015. The Commission, in spring, had anticipated the 2013 y/o/y inflation rate would stand at 4.3 % and in 2014 at 3.1 %.

The Romanian gross domestic product is seen growing up to 2.4 % in 2015.

The Romanian unemployment rate is predicted to drop from 7.3 % this year to 7.1 % in 2014 and to 7% in 2015.

Friday, 1 November 2013

The Romanian market of industrial paints and varnishes



According to the FRD Center analysis, the Romanian market of industrial paints and varnishes includes 13 independent importer-distributors of powder coatings and industrial paints. In 2012, these players recorded a cumulative net turnover of approximately 19 million EUR and over 100 employees.

The most profitable five independent importer-distributors of powder coatings and industrial paints in 2012 were Elton Corporation, Technochim, Chemical Total, Filkon International and Lampart Trade, with a combined net profit of some 1.2 million EUR.

20 independent importer-distributors of industrial liquid paints and adhesives operate on the Romanian market. According to the FRD Center analysis, in 2012, they registered a combined net turnover of approximately 75 million EUR and some 650 employees.

The most profitable five independent importer-distributors of industrial liquid paints and adhesives in 2012 were Temad Co, Coramet Import Export, ABC Best Painting, Clar Import Export and VIP Auto Distribution, with a cumulative net profit of some four million EUR.

The imports of paints and varnishes (including enamels and lacquers) based on synthetic polymers or chemically modified natural polymers, dispersed or dissolved in a non-aqueous medium in Romania recorded approximately 126 million USD in 2012.

The Romanian imports of paints and varnishes (including enamels and lacquers) based on synthetic polymers or chemically modified natural polymers, dispersed or dissolved in an aqueous medium registered approximately 75 million USD in 2012.

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Waste from Electronics and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Market in Romania



The Romanian e-waste management market includes approximately 60 WEEE treatment operators. According to the FRD Center analysis, in 2012, the WEEE treatment operators registered a cumulative net turnover of over 680 million EUR and had some 2,900 employees.

The most profitable ten Romanian WEEE treatment operators, according the FRD Center analysis, were in 2012: Metalimpex Romania, Rematholding Co, Regenersis Bucharest, Alro Metal Ghencea, Total Waste Recycling, Remat Bucuresti Sud, New Company Recycling, Greenweee International, Bene International and Silnef MG. In 2012, they recorded a combined net turnover of over 420 million EUR and a cumulated net profit of approximately 7.1 million EUR.  

FRD Center monitored their activity and it resulted that their range of programs develops year by year.

In 2013, Greenweee International launched an intelligent waste collection station in Buzau, called Sigurec Prime. The station collects WEEE and packaging waste. The station was launched in partnership with the Buzau City Hall and Carrefour Romania.

Currently, there are nine organisations that have licence for taking over the legal responsibilities for the WEEE collection, reuse, recycling and recovery on the domestic market. Some examples are: RoRec Association, Ecotic Association, Environ Association, Recolamp Association or EcoPoint Association.

The Ecotic Association manages over 300 collection points. In 2012, Ecotic collected and treated over 7,400 tonnes of WEEE and developed 20 awareness and collection campaigns. Ecotic had a WEEE recycling rate in the treatment process of 84% and a recovery rate of 91% in 2012. Ecotic has over 380 affiliated producers that released on the market over 20,000 tons of EEE in 2012.

In April 2013, the RoRec Association in partnership with the Local City Hall launched a free service of WEEE collection in Sibiu.

The Recolamp Association collected and recycled 520 tonnes of lighting equipment waste in 2012, recording an increase of approximately 350% compared to the waste quantities managed in 2011. During the period 15 May - 31 July 2013, the Recolamp Association performed a national collection campaign for the lighting equipment waste. The campaign targeted companies and public institutions all over the country.

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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Romanian beverages sector

Investments in production facilities of beer in Romania increased year by year, even in periods of market contraction, so far totaling more than 1.2 billion.

In 2012 alone, between the members of the Association - Bergenbier, Heineken Romania, Romaqua Group, Ursus Breweries, United Romanian Breweries Bereprod and the mini-brewery The Beer Clinic - a growth of nearly 10 million EUR in investment has been recorded for the second year in a row, reaching a total of 71 million EUR.

Contributions to the state budget by the members of the Romanian Brewers Association have reached the threshold of 283 million euros in 2012, up 11 million from the previous year . These contributions were an important contribution to the state budget , consisting of different taxes (VAT, excise duties, employee taxes and social security contributions ) . In 2012, the excise duty on beer accounted for 60 % of total excise revenues collected on alcoholic beverages market.


Source: Magazinul Progresiv

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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Specific dynamics in the Romanian market: manufacturing, services and distribution

- Currently, nine producers of CHEMICAL FERTILISERS operate on the Romanian market. These recorded in 2012 a combined net turnover of approximately 520 million EUR. The top three producers of chemical fertilizers on the domestic market registered the cumulative net turnover of over 450 million EUR in 2012.


- The Romanian WEEE market includes approximately 60 treatment operators that perform also WEEE collection activities. These players registered a cumulative net turnover of over 680 million EUR in 2012.


- In Romania there are over 30 producers of BRONZE CASTING. They recorded in 2012 a combined net turnover of over 15 million EUR, this representing a decrease by approximately 14% compared to 2011. The ten largest producers of bronze castings in Romania registered a cumulative net turnover of over 13 million EUR in 2012.


- The Romanian STAFF LEASING market includes eight providers. The providers of staff leasing services on the Romanian market recorded in 2012 a combined net turnover of approximately 48 million EUR.


- The domestic distribution market of ADDITIVES FOR PLASTIC MATERIALS includes over 20 players. The distributors of additives for plastic materials in Romania registered a cumulative net turnover of some 130 million EUR in 2012, up by 4% compared to the previous year. The ten largest distributors of additives for plastic materials in Romania recorded in 2012 a combined net turnover of approximately 115 million EUR, up by some 3% compared to 2011.


- Approximately 30 manufacturers of THERMOPLASTIC PACKAGING operate on the domestic market. They recorded in 2012 a combined net turnover of over 125 million EUR, this representing a decrease by approx. 7% compared to 2011. The ten largest manufacturers of thermoplastic packaging in Romania registered the cumulative net turnover of over 100 million EUR.


- The Romanian sector of manufacturing of MOTORS, PUMPS, VALVES AND ELECTRONICS FOR HYDROSTATIC TRANSMISSIONS includes approximately ten players. The producers of motors, pumps, valves and electronics for hydrostatic transmissions registered the combined net turnover of some 20 million EUR in 2012, this representing a decrease by approximately 10% compared to 2011.

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Friday, 13 September 2013

Pharma market in Romania

The pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson Romania aims to increase its sales with 23% this year, up to 82 million EUR.


Ciprian Marcu, Romania & Bulgaria cluster head in the Japanese drug company Takeda Pharmaceuticals, says that by 2018 the company aims to launch ten new products.


The 40 largest local producers of drugs (including veterinary) recorded last year a combined turnover of 671 million euros and had 8166 employees.

According to Cegedim, the local pharmaceutical market could grow by 2.7% next year compared to 2013 and could exceed 2.7 billion euros.

The turnover of Terapia Ranbaxy, the largest producer of generic drugs in Romania, was in the first half of 2013 of 56 million euros, up 8% compared to the same period of 2012.

Drug sales reached 1.4 billion euros in the first six months of this year, an increase of 7% compared to the same period in 2012, according to data company IMS Health market.

Sources: ZF, Agerpres  

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

The Agricultural Equipment and Farm Machinery Market in CEE, SEE and Eastern Europe: Romania



From our soon-to-be-released DEMO report: 


The Agricultural Equipment and Farm Machinery Market in CEE, SEE and Eastern Europe: Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Bulgaria - A DEMO report outlining some of the specifics of the market, main companies active in the agri-business sector in the Black Sea region, trade data and insights, main trade fairs in the region



Romania is the 2nd largest grain producer in the region and the 5th in the European Union.

According to the FRD Center research based on official data, the wheat production in Romania recorded approximately 5.2 million tonnes in 2012 on a surface of 1.98 million hectares. The wheat yield recorded approximately 2.63 kg / ha in 2012.

According to the National Institute of Statistics, Romania occupied in 2012 the 5th place among the EU Member States taking into account both the wheat cultivated area and the wheat production.

In 2012, the area cultivated with wheat represented 36.7% of the total area cultivated with cereals for grains in Romania.

According to the European Commission, the wheat production in 2013 in Romania is expected to reach 5.8 million tonnes. This represents an increase of approximately 11% compared to 2012.

Our research revealed that, according to official data, the maize grains production in Romania recorded 5.92 million tonnes in 2012 on a surface of 2.73 million hectares. The maize yield registered 2.17 kg / ha in 2012.

According to the National Institute of Statistics, Romania occupied in 2012 the 1st place in the European Union in terms of the area cultivated with maize and the 3rd place in terms of the maize production.

In 2012, the area cultivated with maize grains represented 50.4% of the total area cultivated with cereals for grains in Romania.


According to the provisional data of the National Institute of Statistics, the crop production in Romania in 2012 was as follows:
  • wheat: 5,215 thousand tonnes
  • barley and two-row barley: 968 thousand tonnes
  • oat: 336 thousand tonnes
  • maize grains: 5,922 thousand tonnes
  • sunflower: 1,389 thousand tonnes
  • rape: 159 thousand tonnes
  • soy: 102 thousand tonnes
  • sugar beet: 739 thousand tonnes
  • potatoes: 2,464 thousand tonnes
  • vegetables (tomatoes, cabbage, cucumbers, carrots, onion, green peppers, water melons and melons): 3,457 thousand tonnes

Our research revealed that some of the largest independent producers of cereals in Romania are: TCE 3 Brazi, Interagro Group, Racova Group, Agro Chirnogi, Cerealcom Dolj, Agrofam Holding etc.

TCE 3 Brazi exploits a surface of over 55,000 hectares in Insula Mare a Brailei, this representing the biggest agricultural farm in Europe, and approximately 3,200 hectares in Neamt. The company estimates for 2013 a crop of 117,000 tonnes of wheat (17.5 million EUR) on the land in Insula Mare a Brailei. In the last years, TCE 3 Brazi made investments of 32 million EUR in the irrigation systems.

Interagro Group exploits approximately 55,000 hectares of agricultural land, located in the southern area of the country.

Racova Group exploits approximately 54,000 hectares in the north-eastern region of the country (Moldova region). For the next years, the Group intends to continue the acquiring of agricultural land and to expand the silo capacity to 350,000 tonnes.

Agro Chirnogi exploits approximately 35,000 hectares of agricultural land. The land is located in the Giurgiu, Calarasi and Timis regions.

In 2012, Cerealcom Dolj cultivated 13,000 hectares of wheat and some 10,000 hectares of maize and sunflower. The company recorded in 2012 the average wheat production of 5.5 tonnes / hectare. Cerealcom Dolj has silos with the storage capacity of 450,000 tonnes.

Agrofam Holding exploits approximately 17,000 hectares of agricultural land. The company has silos with the storage capacity of some 100,000 tonnes and it plans to invest approximately two million EUR in order to expand its storage capacity.

FRD Center research revealed that significant investments in the development of the agricultural equipment have been registered on the Romanian market over the last years. The main factors contributing to this development were:
-          the EU funds available for the farmers
-          the Buy-Back “Rabla” Programme for agricultural machinery
-          the special credits for co-financing
-          the wider using of second-hand equipment
-          the increase of the number of modern and efficient farms with large surfaces and financial capacity

The Measure 121: Modernisation of Agricultural Holdings within the Axis 1: Improving the competitiveness of agricultural and forestry sector of the National Rural Development Programme 2007 - 2013, finances investments for the acquisition of tractors, agricultural machinery and other equipment specific to the vegetal and animal sectors, through public assistance (EU and national) and private co-financing. The Romanian authority in charge with this Programme is the Payment Agency for Rural Development and Fishing, subordinated to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

By 27 June 2013, within the Measure 121 in Romania, 2,333 projects with the public value of approximately 966.7 million EUR have been approved. The payments within the Measure 121 recorded approximately 438.8 million EUR by 27 June 2013.

According to the FRD Center research, based on the data provided by the Financial Companies Association - ALB Romania, in the second trimester of 2012, the agricultural equipment represented 6.6% of the Romanian leasing market.

According to BCR Leasing, the leasing market of the agricultural equipment in Romania could reach 130 million EUR in 2013.

The Romanian market of agricultural equipment recorded a growing trend in the last years mainly based on imports. Romania imports agricultural equipment from Germany, Italy, Austria, France, Hungary, Bulgaria, Turkey, China etc.

In 2012, Romania imported 882 combine harvesters worth 96,894,310 USD and 2,096 pieces of harvesting machinery worth 13,651,916 USD.

In regards of equipment for vineyards, vegetable plots and orchards, our research revealed that the Romanian market is dominated by imported machinery. The main users of this equipment are vineyards (such as Murfatlar, Jidvei, Cotnari, Odobesti, Pietroasa, Vincon, Segarcea, Dealu Mare, Tarnave etc), orchards (such as Hortifruct, Kronstadt Fructe, Pombis). The most popular machines in this category used on the Romanian market are: trailed atomisers, lift mounted atomisers, trailed sprayers, lift mounted sprayers and hand sprayers. The products are acquired mainly from importer - distributors on the local market.

According to the FRD Center research, the large vineyards and orchards in Romania use mainly trailed and lift mounted atomisers and sprayers. The smaller vineyards and orchards use mainly hand sprayers. The atomisers and sprayers used on the domestic market are mainly brands from Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Slovenia, Denmark, USA, Japan, China etc. The Romanian users prefer to acquire imported equipment for vineyards, vegetable plots and orchards due to the fact that the domestic production is limited and the foreign offer is very wide and has good quality. The Romanian users prefer to acquire new equipment rather than used machinery for vineyards, vegetable plots and orchards and the decision is made based on price, quality, payments conditions etc.

According to our analysis, y/y increases of the Romanian imports in 2012 were recorded for the following categories of agricultural equipment:
-          Agricultural or horticultural mechanical appliances for projecting, dispersing or spraying liquids or powders: approx. 14%
-          Other agricultural, horticultural, forestry, poultry-keeping or bee-keeping machinery: approx. 4%
-          Self-loading or self-unloading trailers and semi-trailers for agricultural purposes: approx. 5%

Main importers of agricultural equipment and farm machinery in Romania include: IPSO, NHR Agropartners, Agrocomert Holding, MEWI and Agrowest-BMB.

The main agribusiness international trade fair in Romania is Indagra: www.indagra.ro. The 18th edition of the fair takes place in Bucharest during 30 October - 03 November 2013. In 2012, the fair recorded over 55,000 visitors and approximately 400 exhibitors on a total area of over 30,000 square meters. In 2012, approximately 40% of the participants were international companies.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Combine harvesters and other harvesting equipment imported in Eastern Europe

In 2012, Romania imported 882 combine harvesters worth 96,894,310 USD and 2,096 pieces of harvesting machinery, worth 13,651,916 USD.
 
Bulgaria imported 728 combine harvesters worth 105,129,854 USD and 584 pieces of harvesting machinery, worth 13,252,806 USD.
 
Also in 2012, Poland imported 1,443 combine harvesters worth 119,678,089 USD and  409 pieces of harvesting machinery, worth 22,821,883 USD.
 
From our research so far, no combine harvesters for the cereals crops are being manufactured in the region at present.
 
Are you looking to introduce your agricultural equipment onto the markets in Eastern Europe?
Then perhaps we could be of assistance to you.
 
Jackie Bojor
FRD Center
www.frdcenter.ro

Friday, 14 June 2013

Market expansion and opportunities in Romania 2012-2013

Are you looking to expand to Romania? To access new potential clients or local partners? To identify providers and suppliers?

Here are a good number of examples of what other companies have been doing in Romania in 2012 and 2013:

German- based payment services provider Paymill expands to Romania in June 2013. The payment services provider Paymill recently expanded to Romania, where it will offer payment tools to online stores and service providers on the internet. According to the CEO and founder of Paymill “In the past few years there has been a sharp rise in the number of e-commerce businesses, start-ups and especially SaaS- software as a service- businesses in Romania." 

In June 2013, the German producer Bosch expands car equipment production in Romania, 600 new employees in sight. German group Bosch will finalize work on two new facilities in Romania, in Cluj – Napoca and Blaj, and plans to hire 600 people for the new production facilities.  The investment at Blaj, some EUR 50 million, will create 300 new jobs.The expansion of the production unit in Cluj will need a EUR 70 million investment, which will bring 300 new jobs. Both factories will produce parts for the car industry.


The German producer of consumer goods Henkel opened in April 2013 its third plant in Romania, following investments of over ten million EUR. The new manufacturing unit covers the area of 36,000 sqm and has the production capacity of 180,000 tonnes of adhesives per year.


In April 2013, Ford started the production of the new 1.5 litre EcoBoost engine at its facility in Craiova. This engine is the second product launched at the Craiova engine plant, where Ford invested over 230 million EUR.


Austria Card Romania launched in April 2013 its plant in Bucharest that develops, manufactures and personalises smart cards (chip-based cards). Following investments of 25 million EUR, the new facility will provide chip-based cards as Contactless, Dual Interface, Contact-based payment instruments and also as secure identification instruments for the local market and CEE.


The Italian company DeLonghi started in March 2013 the production of the coffee machines at the plant in Jucu, Cluj county. DeLonghi acquired in 2012 the plant in Jucu from the mobile phone producer Nokia. The investment of DeLonghi in Jucu is estimated at approximately 30 million EUR.


The French tyre producer Michelin announced in March 2013 the decision to close down its Greek subsidiary and to transfer the Greek operations into Romania. Starting with January 2014, the Michelin’s operations for the Central and Southern European Area, that includes Romania, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia, will be coordinated from Romania.


The battery producer Rombat, controlled by the South African Group Metair, finalised in 2013 an investment of 17 million EUR in a new production unit at its existing factory in Bistrita Nasaud. This investment brings the company’s production capacity to 3.3 million batteries per year.


The Polish company Telbridge entered the Romanian market at the beginning of 2013. The company provides outsourcing call-center solutions for corporations. Telbridge rented the surface of 640 sqm in CSDA Siriului Building in Bucharest.


The Romanian Group InterArgro invested over 21 million EUR in a cogeneration plant with the capacity of 20 MW in Turnu Magurele. The plant became operational in January 2013.
The Romanian IT&C retailer Flanco posted a turnover of 137 million EUR in 2012, up by 25% compared to the previous year, mainly due to the investments made. Flanco invested over 2.5 million EUR in 2012 in order to modernise and expand the existing stores but also to open new stores.

Enel Green Power invested 251 million EUR in the construction of wind farms in Romania in 2012. Enel Green Power operates in Romania wind farms with the capacity of approximately 500 MW.


OMV Petrom opened in November 2012 a fuel storage facility in Isalnita, Dolj county, following investments of approximately 26 million EUR. The facility has the storage capacity of 11,000 cubic metres and it is able to ensure the fuel supplying for the southern area of Romania.


The Romanian company Comtech invested five million EUR in a plant of pipes polyethylene insulation in Slatina. The plant became operational in November 2012 and this investment is forecasted to increase the company’s turnover by 20% in 2013.


The Romanian company RaRa Parc launched in November 2012 a solar farm in Isaccea, Tulcea county. The farm has the output of 8.75 MW.


New Europe Property Investments and Carrefour Property Romania invested 65 million EUR in Ploiesti Shopping City, the biggest regional mall in Southern Romania. The mall was opened in November 2012.


Carrefour Romania continued the expanding process and opened 21 new supermarkets in 2012. Also, in February 2013, Carrefour opened its third supermarket in Bacau.


The Serbian oil group NIS, controlled by the Russian giant Gazprom, opened its first fuel station on the local market at the end of 2012, in Vestem, Sibiu county. At present, NIS operates five fuel stations in Romania and announced investments in order to have a network of 50 fuel stations on the local market by the end of 2013.


The supplier of fodder and day-old chicken Agroland registered a turnover increase by 30% in the period September 2011 - September 2012, reaching 13 million EUR. In 2012, the company opened 12 new stores.


The Canadian company Magna Exteriors and Interiors opened in 2012 a manufacturing unit that produces components for the Ford B-Max car model. The facility covers the production area of 13,000 sqm and it is located within the Ford plant in Craiova.


In 2012, the German Group Bosch started the construction works at a new plant in Jucu, Cluj county. The production unit will manufacture electronic components for the automotive industry and the construction works will be completed in the second half of 2013. The investments are estimated at 77 million EUR.


The cigarette producer Japan Tobacco International (JTI) invested 25 million EUR in 2012 in its production plant in Pipera, Bucharest. Some 65% of the plant’s production is exported in over 45 countries.


The German Group Daimler has announced in April 2013 an investment of over 300 mEUR in Romania to extend its production facility of gear-boxes for Mercedes-Benz.


Daimler has announced in April 2013 that the future model of their Smart Fortwo car will be powered by the Dacia H4 0.9 l engine produced in Romania.
 

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