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.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Market and Investment Opportunities in Romania (2015-2016)


What are your international market expansion plans for 2016?

Are you looking to export, source or invest in the Emerging Markets in Europe? To consolidate your position and attract new clients or suppliers?

To acquire a local player?
Perhaps we can collaborate. Feel free to contact the FRD Center team at europa@frdcenter.ro or +4021 4111459/60/61 for more details.

Romania is THE star performer in the EU in many sectors. Of course, much is still to be corrected or developed - this is why Romania is still an emerging market and not a developed one.

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.

This is our latest TRADE AND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN ROMANIA 2015 – 2016 document. What opportunity is interesting for you? How can we be of assistance to you?

Here are some specific sector opportunities for your consultation: http://www.frdcenter.ro/assets/Market-and-Investment-Opportunities-Romania-2015-2016-FRD-Center.pdf
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.

Friday, 11 December 2015

Importer-distributors of agricultural equipment in Romania register sales growth of over 20%

According to FRD Center analysis, there are approximately 130 importer-distributors of agricultural equipment in Romania. They have recorded a cumulated net turnover of over 413 million EUR in 2014, up by approximately 21% compared to 2013.

It is expected that 2015 will also be a very good year for the imports of agricultural machinery and farm equipment in Romania.

For tailor-made sector data and B2B matchmaking with players in the agribusiness sector 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 main ten importer-distributors of agricultural machinery and farm equipment in Romania are:
  • IPSO
  • Mewi Import Export Agrar Industrietechnik
  • General Leasing
  • NHR Agropartners
  • Agritehnica Service
  • MAP - Masini Agricole Performante
  • Titan Machinery Romania
  • Agrocomert Holding
  • Serv Class
  • Proagroservice
These importer-distributors of agricultural equipment operating in Romania have recorded, according to the FRD Center analysis based on official data, a cumulated net turnover of approximately 275 million EUR in 2014, up by some 27% compared to 2013.

IPSO, part of the French Group Monnoyeur, is the main importer-distributor of agricultural machinery in Romania. Established in 1996, the company has 15 regional centres and offices in Romania. IPSO imports and distributes tractors, combines, ploughs, harrows, fertiliser distributors, harvesters, seeders, scarifiers, cultivators, balers, loaders etc. 

The main brands in its portfolio are: John Deere, Kuhn, Manitou, Bednar FMT, Perard, Geringhoff, Fliegl, Pichon, Kemper, Zurn, Grasdorf, Laforge, Papadopoulos or Eassymass. In 2014, IPSO has sold approximately 700 tractors and combines. At present, IPSO invests 15 million EUR in order to expand its dealer network and to modernise the existing centres.

IPSO has recorded a net turnover of approximately 110 million EUR in 2014, up by over 21% compared to 2013. The company has over 300 employees. IPSO has been exhibitor at various fairs, such as Agritechnica 2015 in Hanover, Indagra 2015 in Bucharest, Agromalim 2015 in Arad etc.
Contact person: Mr. Arnaud Van Strien, Managing Director

Mewi Import Export Agrar Industrietechnik imports and distributes tractors, combines, harvesters, seeders, balers, trailers, harrows, cultivators, ploughs, scarifiers, fertiliser distributors, manure spreaders, irrigation systems, shredders, loaders etc. Examples of brands in its portfolio are: Fendt, Challenger, Valtra, Geringhoff, Knoche, Horsch, Maschio Gaspardo, Fella, Lemken, Rauch, Mascar, Krampe, HAWE, Strautmann, Spearhead etc. Set up in 1995, Mewi Import Export Agrar Industrietechnik has seven regional centres and over 100 employees.
The company has registered in 2014 a net turnover of 36 million EUR, which, according to the FRD Center analysis based on official data represents a growth by some 3% compared to 2013. The company has been exhibitor at various fairs, such as AgriPlanta - RomAgroTec 2015 in Fundulea.
Contact person: Mr. Cristian Danescu, CEO

Founded in 1993, General Leasing imports and distributes tractors, trailers, harrows, cultivators, combines, ploughs, scarifiers, shredders, tillers, seeders, fertiliser distributors, balers, loaders etc. Examples of brands in its portfolio are: Laverda, Massey Ferguson, Kverneland, Gallignani, Dieci, Gregoire, Clemens etc. 

General Leasing has reached a net turnover of approximately 32 million EUR in 2014, 35% higher compared to 2013.

The company has a team of over 100 employees. In June 2015, General Leasing has launched a new regional centre in Iasi (NE Romania) following investments of 750,000 EUR. General Leasing has been exhibitor at various fairs, such as Indagra 2015 in Bucharest.
Contact person: Mr. Remus Radulet, General Director

NHR Agropartners, controlled by VA Intertrading Austria, imports and distributes tractors, combines, ploughs, seeders, harrows, mowers, harvesters, cultivators, fertiliser distributors, planters etc. Some of its foreign suppliers are: New Holland, Pöttinger, Hydrac, Bogballe, Einböck, Matermacc, Dondi, Hardi, Quivogne, Kirchner, Fantini etc. The company has 11 regional centres covering the entire country and approximately 200 employees.

NHR Agropartners has recorded a net turnover of over 17 million EUR in 2014, which, according to the FRD Center analysis based on official data represents a growth by 23% compared to the previous year.
NHR Agropartners has been exhibitor at various fairs, such as Indagra 2015 in Bucharest.
Contact person: Ms. Monika Puiu, General Director

Agritehnica Service imports and distributes harrows, cultivators, tractors, ploughs, combines, scarifiers, seeders, manure spreaders, fertiliser distributors, manure spreaders etc. Some of its foreign suppliers are: Knoche, Lemken, Horsch, Fendt, Challenger, Valtra, Fella, Geringhoff, Agrio, Rauch, Merlo etc.

Agritehnica Service has registered a net turnover of almost 17 million EUR in 2014, up by 74% compared to 2013. The company has over 30 employees.
Contact person: Mr. Bogdan Aancutei, Sales Director

MAP - Masini Agricole Performante imports and distributes tractors, combines, trailers, harrows, cultivators, fertiliser distributors, hoes, seeders, tillers, scarifiers, ploughs, balers, irrigation systems, loaders etc. Examples of brands in the company’s portfolio are: Same, Deutz-Fahr, Lamborghini, Agrex, Caffini, MA-AG, Regent, Sigma4, Testore, Maschio Gaspardo, Vogel & Noot, Enorossi or Zaccaria.

MAP has recorded a net turnover of 16 million EUR in 2014, a level similar to the one registered in 2013.
The company has been exhibitor at various fairs, such as Agromalim 2014 in Arad, Agriplanta 2014 in Fundulea or Indagra 2014 in Bucharest.
Contact person: Mr. Mauro Frola, President

Titan Machinery Romania, part of Titan Machinery USA, imports and distributes tractors, combines, trailers, harrows, cultivators, balers, seeders, ploughs, scarifiers, tillers, shredders, loaders etc.
The company’s main suppliers are: Case, Vogel & Noot, Maschio Gaspardo, Tecnoma, Sulky, Stoll, Gregoire Besson, Annaburger and Great Plains. Titan Machinery Romania has six regional centres and over 100 employees.
The company’s turnover has exceeded 13 million EUR in 2014, approx. 23% higher compared to 2013.
Contact person: Mr. Alexandru Dragusin, Area Sales Manager

Founded in 1990, Agrocomert Holding imports and distributes tractors, combines, harvesters, trailers, harrows, cultivators, balers, ploughs, seeders, fertiliser distributors, loaders etc.
Some of the brands in the company’s portfolio are: Claas, Amazone, Oehler, HAWE, Lemken, Papadopoulos, Jeantil, MX etc. Agrocomert Holding has regional centres covering the entire country. The company has been exhibitor at various fairs, such as AgriPlanta - RomAgroTec 2015 in Fundulea or Agromalim 2014 in Arad.

Agrocomert Holding has registered a net turnover of 13 million EUR in 2014, up by 104% compared to 2013. The firm has over 70 employees.
Contact person: Mr. Dumitru Gardan, General Director

Serv Class imports and distributes tractors, combines, trailers, harrows, cultivators, balers, rollers, ploughs, seeders, harvesters, fertiliser distributors, irrigation machinery, loaders etc. Its main foreign suppliers are: Claas, Lemken, Amazone, Maschio Gaspardo and Berthoud.
Established in 1999, Serv Class has at present a team of over 30 employees. Serv Class has recorded a net turnover of over 12 million EUR in 2014, which, according to the FRD Center analysis based on official data represents a growth of 80% compared to the previous year.
Contact person: Mr. Eugen Gruia, Sales Director

Proagroservice imports and distributes tractors, trailers, harrows, cultivators, seeders, scarifiers, ploughs, tillers etc. Some brands in its portfolio are: Claas, Maschio Gaspardo, Lemken, Amazone, Casella etc. Set up in 2005, the company has three regional centres on the domestic market.
Proagroservice has recorded a net turnover of approximately 10 million EUR in 2014, up by almost 170% compared to 2013. The company has over 30 employees.
Contact person: Mr. Mihai Zaman, Manager

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

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Romanian ITC sector is one of the most dynamics in the world


The Romanian ITC sector is one of the most dynamics in the world and certainly in the CE and SE Europe. 

For tailor-made sector data and B2B matchmaking with players in the ICT sector in the Emerging Markets in Europe, feel free to contact the FRD Center team at: 
email: europa@frdcenter.ro; 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.

Chinese network equipment producer TP-Link has sold 600,000 routers in Romania this year. The company has a market share of 65%, according to its estimates. The total wireless routers market is estimated by TP-Link at about 950,000 units, 600,000 of which are delivered by the Chinese producer.

A total of 61% of the households in Romania have access to the internet at home, almost 67% of them being located in urban areas. Most of the connections used to access the internet are the fixed broadband connections (89.1%), followed by mobile broadband connections (29%), and narrowband connections (11.6%).

About 14,000 IT companies are currently operating in Romania, and about half of them are located in Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca, according to a study carried out by ARIES Transilvania, an organization created to support the local IT&C industry. Romanian IT companies had revenues of EUR 4 billion last year and employed about 75,500 people.
Source: www.romania-insider.com

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Plastic Injection and Plastic Extrusion in Romania

According to FRD Center research and analysis, some of the main companies that use Plastic Injection and Plastic Extrusion in Romania are:

Euro Auto Plastic Systems (part of Faurecia Group) - www.faurecia.com

Set up year: 2002
Products: plastic automotive components (dashboards, internal trims)
Net turnover: 115.1 million EUR (in 2014)
No of employees: 623 (in 2014)
Examples of clients: Dacia, Renault

Elba - www.elba.ro

Set up year: 1921 (under Dura name)
Products: lighting products & systems, including automotive headlamps and light signalling devices
Net turnover: 42.7 million EUR (in 2014)
No of employees: 1,030 (in 2014)
Example of clients: Skoda

Romcarbon - www.romcarbon.com

Set up year: 1952 (under Fabrica Chimica name)
Products: plastic automotive filtres (air, cabine, fuel, oil filters), plastic compounds, plastic packages, plastic bags, plastic foils, active carbon
Net turnover: 36.1 million EUR (in 2014)
No of employees: 743 (in 2014)
Example of clients: Dacia

Martplast - www.martplast.ro

Set up year: 1994
Products: bathtubs, shower trays, washbasins, mini-pools, furniture, doors
Net turnover: 9.6 million EUR (in 2014)
No of employees: 210 (in 2014)

Fibrex Co - www.fibrexco.ro

Set up year: 1997
Products: bathtubs, shower enclosures, shower trays, pools, mini-pools (jacuzzi)
Net turnover: 3 million EUR (in 2014)
No of employees: 97 (in 2014)

Belform Prod - www.belform.ro

Set up year: 1992
Products: bathtubs, shower trays, shower enclosures, mini-pools, metallic confections, wooden terraces, furniture
Net turnover: 2.2 million EUR (in 2014)
No of employees: 37 (in 2014)
Production capacity: 60,000 bathtubs per year

Are you interested in the Plastic Injection and Plastic Extrusion sector in Romania? In other markets in the region, such as Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Turkey?


For tailor-made sector data and B2B matchmaking with players in the industrial manufacturing and production sector in the Emerging Markets in Europe, feel free to contact the FRD Center team at:
email: europa@frdcenter.ro
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.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Up-dates from the Industrial Production sector in the Emerging Markets in Europe (Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria)

Are you interested in Industrial Production activity in the Emerging Markets in Europe such as Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria?
For tailor-made sector data and B2B matchmaking with players in the industrial manufacturing and production sector in the Emerging Markets in Europe, feel free to contact the FRD Center team at: 
email: europa@frdcenter.ro
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.

Here are a few examples of recent developments in the Industrial Production sector in the Emerging Markets in Europe selected by the FRD Center team:

Timken to construct new bearing plant in Romania
The US Company Timken has announced in November 2015 that it will construct a new bearing plant near Ploiesti, Romania. This will be the company’s second facility in Romania. The construction works will begin in the first quarter of 2016 and the start-up is estimated for early 2017. The facility will cover 15,000 sqm. Timken has started to manufacture bearings in Romania in 1997.

Airbus Helicopters to produce H215 helicopter in Romania

In November 2015, Airbus Helicopters has set down the foundation stone of its new factory in Brasov, Romania, established to assemble the latest H215 helicopter model. The 10,000 sqm factory will house H215 production from procurement to after-sales, including design office activities. The assembly line will have the capacity to produce up to 15 aircraft per year. The first H215 to roll out of the assembly line is planned for 2017.

Unipetrol to invest in new polyethylene plant in the Czech Republic

In September 2015, the Czech producer Unipetrol has signed an engineering, procurement and construction contract worth approximately 213 million EUR with Technip Italy for a new polyethylene unit in Litvínov, the Czech Republic. The total production capacity of the polyethylene plant will be 270,000 metric ton per year. The end of the construction is planned for the first quarter 2018 and commissioning for mid-2018.


Elplast+ to expand plant in Poland
The Polish manufacturer Elplast+ plans to invest approximately 2.3 million EUR to expand the output capacity of its plant in Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Poland. The company produces plastic pipes and other components using PP, PBT and PE. Elplast+ has been active in the Polish plastics industry for more than 25 years.

HellermannTyton constructs facility in Poland
The UK-based manufacturer of cable ties, clips and other plastic products HellermannTyton has launched in mid 2015 the construction of its first facility in Poland. The project located in Kotunia, Poland is estimated to be worth around 9.6 million EUR. The designed production hall will be fitted with a total floor-space of 13,000 sqm. The investment is estimated to be completed in 2016. Under the plan, the facility in Kotunia will have an output capacity of 4,300 tonnes of plastic elements per year.

Trelleborg to expand LSR injection moulding facility in Bulgaria
The Swedish Group Trelleborg will expand its manufacturing unit of liquid silicone rubber (LSR) injection moulding in Pernik, Bulgaria. The Bulgarian facility will focus on components for sensitive food and beverage applications. The investment will increase the manufacturing floor space by 150% and the capacity of the tool room will be more than doubled. The expansion is forecasted to be completed in mid 2017.

Slovnaft inaugurates LDPE plant in Slovakia
Slovnaft, a member of MOL Group, has inaugurated in September 2015 a new low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant in Bratislava, Slovakia. The company has invested over 300 million EUR in the new production unit and its components. The new LDPE plant will have the capacity of 220,000 tons per year and the commercial production will start at the beginning of 2016.

Samvardhana Motherson Group to expand in Hungary
The Indian automotive parts supplier Samvardhana Motherson Group (SMG) has announced investment plans for its production plants in Hungary. SMG will expand the capacity at its rear-view car mirrors facility in Mosonszolnok, Hungary. Furthermore, it will construct a green-field car bumper moulding plant in Kecskemét, Hungary with the surface of 100,000 sqm.

Graboplast expands output capacity in Hungary
The Hungarian vinyl flooring producer Graboplast has developed a new automotive under-body protection solution and plans to produce 4,000 metric tons per year of the product in its plant in Győr, Hungary. This is part of the company’s ongoing investment programme of approximately 28 million EUR to create 120 new jobs by the end of 2017. Graboplast targets to export the new product to foreign markets. The company has three plants in Hungary, located in Győr, Tatabanya and Kecskemét.

LEGO to expand in Hungary
In October 2015, the Danish toy manufacturer LEGO has announced plans to undergo significant expansion projects in Nyíregyháza, Hungary. LEGO will begin installing moulding machines in 2016 in a nearby rented facility and start expansion of its factory with additional processing and warehousing facilities. Due to the planned expansion in Hungary, 150 employees are expected to be recruited in 2016.

Sources: 

Romania Insider

Plastics News

Plastics News Europe

PRW - Plastics & Rubber Weekly

Novinite - Sofia News Agency

IHS Chemical Week

Business Standard

Daily News Hungary

Reuters

Companies’ websites


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Rumania: uno de los mas dinamicos mercados europeos


Rumania es un mercado emergente de Europa del Este, miembro de la Unión Europea desde el 2007 - es uno de los mas dinámicos mercados de Europa, con un crecimiento anual de 3 - 3.5%.

En los primeros nueve meses del 2015:
-          la inversión extranjera directa (IED) en Rumania ha registrado 2.514 millones de euros, un 67% superior respecto al mismo período del año pasado
-          el PIB en Rumania ha registrado un incremento del 3,7% en comparación con los primeros nueve meses del 2014
-          las importaciones CIF en Rumania han aumentado un 7,1% en comparación con los primeros nueve meses del 2014 respecto al mismo período del año pasado
-          las ventas al por menor en Rumania (excepto el comercio de auto vehículos y motocicletas) han registrado un crecimiento del 6,9%
-          las ventas al por menor de alimentos, bebidas y tabaco han subido con un 16,3% como serie bruta respecto al mismo período del año pasado

-          el volumen de las obras de construcción ha registrado un incremento del 9,9%

-          Rumania disfruta de una situación geográfica estratégica y el mercado rumano puede actuar como un traslado a otros mercados importantes en la región como Turquía, Rusia, Croacia, Serbia etc.

-          La moneda utilizada en Rumania es el RON. Es una moneda estable, 1 EUR = 4.43 RON

-          La población de Rumania alcanza alrededor de 20 millones de personas, de los cuales más de la mitad viven en las ciudades. La población de la capital - Bucarest - es de aproximadamente 2.5 millones de personas. Rumania tiene cuatro ciudades con una población estable de más de 300,000 personas.

-                      Crecimiento real del PIB:
o        2016 vs. 2015 = 4% (estimado)
o        2015 vs. 2014 = 3,4% (estimado)
o        2014 vs. 2013 = 2,8%
o        2013 vs. 2012 = 3,4%

-          El PIB per cápita por paridad del poder adquisitivo (PPA) en el 2014 en Rumania:
·         54 (EU 28 = 100)

-          En septiembre del 2015, el salario medio neto en Rumania ha incrementado con un 8% en comparación con septiembre del 2014 y con un 1,1% en comparación con augusto del 2015.

-          Los salarios del personal médico empleado en el sistema estatal han aumentado un 25% a partir del octubre 2015

-          Esta previsto que los sueldos del personal empleado en el sistema de educación estatal aumentaran un 15% a partir del diciembre 2015

-          El poder adquisitivo real de los rumanos esta más superior al que indican las cifras oficiales, en principal debito que, en Rumania, la economía “sumergida” (o non-fiscalizada, sin facturación) tiene un porcentaje de aproximadamente 25% del PIB.

-          En el 2015, la recaudación de los impuestos es de 58% en Rumania. Las autoridades planean una recaudación de 73% en el futuro.

-          A partir del 1er de junio del 2015, el IVA de los productos de alimentación, de las bebidas no alcohólicas y de los servicios de alimentación se ha reducido de un 24% a un 9%. El IVA general bajara a 20% a partir del 1er de enero 2016.

-          A partir del 2010, la tasa de inflación de Rumania ha seguido una tendencia descendente, hasta alcanzar el 1,4% en el 2014. En la actualidad, la tasa de inflación es negativa (-1,4% en octubre del 2015).

-          La tasa de desempleo en Rumania ha registrado un 6,8% en septiembre del 2015.

-          Según los datos provisionales, las exportaciones españoles en Rumania han registrado en los primeros cinco meses del 2015, un 37% más en comparación con el mismo periodo del 2014. Las exportaciones españoles en Rumania han registrado aproximadamente 1,6 mil millones de euros en el 2014, un 22% más en comparación con el 2013.

?Estan interesados en desarollar su negocio en Rumania? 
No duden en contactar con el equipo de FRD Center - www.frdcenter.ro - al:
email: europa@frdcenter.ro y / o telefono: +4021 4111459

Friday, 13 November 2015

What is new in the Emerging Markets in Europe in Q3 2015?

Among EU member states, Romania saw the largest GDP increase in Q3 over Q2 2015, followed by Poland and Slovakia (both with 0.9 percent) and Bulgaria with 0.7 percent. When in comes to annual increase, Romania came in after the Czech Republic (4.3 percent) and on the same level with Poland.

According to data released by the National Institute for Statistics (INS), Romania saw a 3.7 percent increase of the GDP during the first nine months of 2015, the same level registered during the first half of the year. During the third quarter GDP indicated a 3.6 percent rise over the same period of the previous year.

The European Commission has improved the autumn forecast estimates on Romania’s economic growth, which will accelerate this year to 3.5 percent in 2016 and 4.1 percent respectively, supported by fiscal relaxation measures which stimulate domestic demand.

Year on year, automotive trade registered in Romania a 10.8 percent increase as adjusted series and 10.9 percent in gross series. Motor vehicles rose 17.1 percent in adjusted series (17.4 percent as gross series), while motorcycle turnover went up 16.8 percent (adjusted) and 22.1 percent (gross).

The Romanian M&A market recorded the most significant increase among the 11 countries in Central and South East Europe (CSE), with estimated total value of transactions going from USD 0.6 billion in H1 2014 to USD 2.1 billion in the first half of 2015, according to the latest study by EY, the M&A Barometer.

This spectacular rise of 250 percent year on year was mainly due to the fact that Romania also recorded the highest transaction in the CSE region this year – the acquisition of UniCredit Tiriac Bank by UniCredit SpA Italy, for over USD 770 million.

Meanwhile, the number of transactions increased from 68 in the first half of 2014 to 81 deals in the first half of the year. In terms of value of transactions, the most attractive sectors in Romania were the energy and mining sectors, according to the report results.

In the first nine months of this year, construction works in Romania were 10% higher than the same period of 2014. 

For tailor-made market research and opportunity analysis, acqusition target search, as well as B2B matchmaking with players in Romania and the emerging markets in Europe, feel free to contact 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

Sources: http://business-review.eu/featured/romanias-gdp-goes-up-1-4-pct-in-q3-largest-increase-in-europe-91412

http://business-review.eu/featured/motorcycle-trade-falls-10-pct-in-september-while-automotive-trade-climbs-4-7-pct-91342

http://business-review.eu/featured/romanian-ma-market-increases-250-pct-y-o-y-during-h1-2015-says-ey-89895

http://www.romania-insider.com/construction-works-up-romania-nine-months/159631/

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Agricultural machinery and equipment in Romania


Agricultural machinery and equipment is a very important sector in Romania, considering that the country is one of the most relevant producers of cereals, of fruit and vegetables, of cattle, poultry and pigs in Europe. 

The local manufacturer of agricultural machinery Maschio Gaspardo Romania, part of the Italian Group Maschio Gaspardo, invests 2.5 million EUR in 2015 in order to expand its production unit in Chisineu Cris (Arad county) and to install new equipment. This is part of a major investment programme of around ten million EUR that will be finalised in 2016.

The Romanian imports of agricultural machinery have recorded the following values:
-          imports of tractors: over 445 million EUR in 2014, which according to the FRD Center analysis represents a growth by some 27% compared to 2013
-          imports of ploughs: almost 11 million EUR in 2014, up by approx. 24% compared to 2013 according to the FRD Center analysis
-          imports of disc harrows: almost 8.5 million EUR in 2014, up by around 36% compared to the previous year
-          imports of harrows (other than disc harrows), scarifiers, cultivators, rotovators, weeders and hoes: over 22 million EUR in 2014, up according to the FRD Center analysis by some 26% compared to 2013
-          imports of seeders, planters and transplanters: almost 26 million EUR in 2014, up by approx. 3% compared to 2013
-          imports of manure spreaders and fertiliser distributors: approx. 6 million EUR in 2014, which according to the FRD Center analysis represents a growth by some 25% compared to 2013

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the biomass energy potential in Romania is of approximately 7.6 million tonnes of equivalent oil per year, out of which: biogas (7.7%), lumber and firewood waste (15.5%), wood waste (6.4%), agricultural waste from cereals, corn stalk, vineyards (63.2%) and urban household waste (7.2%).

Between 28 October and 1 November took place in Bucharest the 20th edition of the biggest and most important agricultural event in Romania, INDAGRA international trade fair. Over 500 companies from all over the world have participated as exhibitors, among them are A.C.V. Holstein Ro, Agragex - Grupo Agex, Agris Seeds Plants srl, Agro-Jan Poland, Alltech Biotechnology Romania, AWD Nutrition srl, Belarus Tractor srl, Big Dutchman Pig Equipment gmbh, Biochem Animal Health And Nutrition srl, Buhler gmbh, Brinkman Hungary kft, Electromecanica Satu Mare srl, Ekagem Hellas, Evak sa, Euroagrisere srl, Green Fuel srl, Gruppo Bisaro-Sifa srl, Hebei Int.Exhibition Center of CCPIT Hebei Suh, Heliflex Tubos e Mangueibas s.a., Holland House Of Horticulture, IMASA-Manutencion y Servicios s.l., Irritec s.p.a., Italdifra Agricultural Tools srl, Kongskilde Industries a/s, Klim'top Controls, KH Witte Anlagenbau, Mayer Maschinenbaugesellschaft mbh, Metripond Plus kft, Moba b.v., Modagri Plants Trintapyllou Bigi & co, Muyang Holdings co. Ltd, Neuero Farm - Und Fordertechnik gmbh, PB Techniek bv., Prochaska Handels gmbh, Schauer Agrotronic gmbh, Samson Agro a/s, Sere Transilvania srl, Siloport Tahil Depolama sist.san tic.as./My Silo, Sodalec Distribution - Sodis, Tanin Sevnica d.d, Tehnopomis Agricole srl, Tin Tours sp.zo.o, Unibio, Vatan Plastik san.tic.as, Vefi Europa sp.z.o.o, Vencomatic group, Vilomix a/s, Weda Dammann & Westerkamp gmbh, Zucami Poultry Equipment slu.

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Thursday, 5 November 2015

Romanian people cannot tolerate corruption anymore

These days the international press are reflecting the local street protests in Bucharest and in main cities of Romania. The protesters’ main complaints surround government as well as petty corruption. The public protests that took place on Tuesday and Wednesday followed a fire in a Bucharest nightclub last Friday that resulted in 32 deaths and almost 200 injured. Blaming the tragedy on the generalized corruption, people took to the streets in Bucharest and elsewhere to ask for a full reform.

It looks that Prime Minister Ponta’s resignation is just the beginning of a deeper reform of the political class which is seen as deeply dissapointing. Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis announced on Thursday morning that he appointed Sorin Campeanu, the Education Minister as interim Prime Minister - he is an apolitical technocrat.

The President sent a very important message to the people that have been protesting in the streets of Bucharest and other cities in Romania on Tuesday and Wednesday, thanking them for the non-violent and unexaggerated manifestations. “I saw you, I heard you, and I will take your requests into account,” the President said.

“I have decided that in addition to consulting with the political parties today and tomorrow, I will also talk tomorrow to a new actor: the civil society. I will call on Friday afternoon for consultations a group that represents both the civil society and the street. It is important for me and I want to know their opinions and options,” Iohannis added.

On Wednesday evening, some 35,000 protesters were estimated to have taken over downtown Bucharest, with similar street protests in the main cities in Romania. The demonstrations were peaceful, with people asking for a deep reform of the political system in addition to the Governmental resignations announced earlier on Wednesday.

The protests started early this week with thousands protesting “across Romania on Tuesday, demanding cabinet resignations as the death toll from a nightclub fire reached 32, with dozens more people in hospital critically hurt”, wrote Reuters on Tuesday.

The US Ambassador to Romania Hans Klemm stated his appreciation of the way Romanians have mobilized to protest peacefully after the tragedy in club Colectiv.

“These past days have been both dynamic and very moving. We again offer condolences on the tragic loss of life on October 30 and in the days since. We applaud the non-violent exercise of freedom of speech and assembly, and encourage all Romanians to stay engaged in the civic process,” the Ambassador said in a statement.

“The United States of America and Romania are allies who enjoy a strong and vibrant strategic partnership. We look forward to working with President Iohannis, Interim PM Cimpeanu and the interim government on our shared priorities.”


Romania is the 2nd largest market in CE Europe after Poland and one of the most dynamic markets in the EU: http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2015/10/romanian-gdp-grows-37-fdi-39-itc-sector.html

For tailor-made market research and opportunity analysis, acqusition target search, as well as B2B matchmaking with players in Romania and the emerging markets in Europe, feel free to contact FRD Center team at:
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Sources:

http://business-review.eu/featured/romanian-protests-make-international-headlines-90714

http://business-review.eu/featured/bucharest-sees-second-day-of-protests-at-university-square-90628

http://www.romania-insider.com/romanias-president-names-education-minister-as-interim-pm-says-will-consult-with-civil-society-on-future-pm/159147/



Tuesday, 3 November 2015

The Agricultural Crops and the Irrigation System in Romania

Romania is one of the most important agricultural crops producers in Europe.

According to the National Institute of Statistics, the agricultural production in Romania has increased by 2.9% in 2014 compared to 2013. The crop production, animal production and agricultural services production have registered increases of 2.9%, 2.5% and 24.3% respectively, in 2014 compared to 2013.

The Romanian crop production by main crops, has recorded the following increases in 2014 compared to 2013, according to the National Institute of Statistics:
  • cereals for grains: +3.4%
  • oilseed crops: +15.1%
  • sugar beet: +31.9%
  • potatoes: +7.0%
According to estimations and forecasts published by the EU, the soybean production has recorded 215 thousand tonnes in Romania in 2015, up by 6% compared to 2014.

According to the League of Farmer Associations in Romania (LAPAR), the drought has seriously damaged the crops in 2015 and has caused losses of 2 billion EUR to producers, this representing unrecoverable investments leading to the increase of prices for the Romanian products.

According to the forecasts published by the EU, the total cereal production in Romania has recorded 16,628 thousand tonnes in 2015, this representing a decrease by 25.7% compared to 2014, mainly due to the drought and the poor irrigation system currently in place.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development intends to modernise the main irrigation system in Romania by allocating 145 million EUR annually in the next seven years. The secondary infrastructure could benefit from EU funds of over 430 million EUR. The EU funds, which correspond to the 2014 - 2020 programming period, will be allocated through the National Rural Development Programme.

Romanian farmers pressure the Government and the Parliament into supporting the repairs and development of existing irrigation systems, as well as building new irrigation installations to secure more efficient crops. The Romanian authorities aim to approve an investment project of approximately one billion EUR in irrigation system for the next five years.

Other forecasts published by the EU include the following data:

  • soft wheat production: 7,030 thousand tonnes in 2015 (According to FRD Center analysis -10% compared to 2014)
  • durum wheat production: 12 thousand tonnes in 2015 (-6% compared to 2014)
  • barley production: 1,403 thousand tonnes in 2015 (-24% compared to 2014)
  • grain maize production: 7,547 thousand tonnes in 2015 (According to FRD Center analysis -37% compared to 2014)
  • rye production: 21 thousand tonnes in 2015 (-20% compared to 2014)
  • sorghum production: 40 thousand tonnes in 2015 (-30% compared to 2014)
  • oats production: 320 thousand tonnes in 2015 (-12% compared to 2014)
  • triticale production: 249 thousand tonnes in 2015 (According to FRD Center analysis-12% compared to 2014)
  • rape and turnip rape production: 912 thousand tonnes in 2015 (-15% compared to 2014)
  • sunflower production: 1,590 thousand tonnes in 2015 (-25% compared to 2014)
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