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.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Romanian foods imports go up 15% in 2017

In the period January-August 2017, the Romanian food imports grew by almost 15%, totalling EUR 4.639 billion. 

The Romanian imports of pork are in the top, advancing by 15.1% in quantitative terms and by 42.8% in terms of value. Thus, in the first eight months of this year, 193,000 tons of pork were imported, worth 86.3 mEUR.

Other agrifood imports increased as follows:

  • maize                                                +48.2 mEUR 
  • cheeses nearly                                   +30 mEUR 
  • wheat                                                +23.3 mEUR 
  • soybeans                                           +20.3mEUR 
  • food products                                     +20.3 mEUR 
  • bakery products, pastries and biscuits  +19.9 mEUR 
  • sunflower seeds                                  +16.8 mEUR 
  • milk and cream                                   +14.8 mEUR 
  • chocolate                                            +12.9 mEUR 
  • tomatoes                                            +11.2 mEUR 
  • bananas                                             +10.1 mEUR 
  • coffee                                                +8.5 mEUR 
  • live pigs                                             +7.7 mEUR
Sources: Romanian Ministry of Agriculture, Agerpress

Romania is the most dynamic economy in Europe, having registered a 8.8% GDP growth in Q3 2017 and a GDP growth of 7% for the first nine months of the current year.

For a FRD Center analysis of the Food retail and food imports developments in Romania go to http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/03/food-retail-and-food-imports.html and http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/09/retail-growth-in-romania-continues-at.html

For more info about the Romanian Food Retail Development in 2017 go to http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/08/romanian-food-retail-development-in-2017.html

For the Romanian Food Market report produced by FRD Center for the Dutch Embassy in Romania go to https://www.dutchromaniannetwork.nl/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Food-Report-Romania-2016.pdf

The Romanian Food & Beverages Retail continues to develop in 2017, mainly based on imported products. Are you a foreign producer / exporter looking to enter the Romanian and regional market through an acquisition of a Romanian food processor?

Are you a foreign food producer looking to export to the Emerging Markets in Europe? Perhaps we can collaborate.

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? Perhaps we could collaborate.


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.

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, 17 November 2017

Building materials market in Romania grows supported by 82.9% growth of the residential constructions sector

In the first nine months of 2017, the Romanian residential constructions sector advanced 82.9% compared to the similar period of 2016. 

The Building Materials market in Romania grows supported by the local demand of insulation, mortars, bricks, tiles, fixtures, paints, cement etc. generated by local producers and also imported.

The Romanian market of expanded polystyrene (EPS) recorded a 9% increase in the first six months of the current year, compared with the same period in 2016, according to estimates of the Romanian Polystyrene Manufacturers Association (ROMEPS). The optimal evolution was due, on the one hand, to the maintenance of the slight development trend of the thermal insulation industry and, on the other hand, to the increase of the quality level of the materials used on the domestic market, according to the recommendations for external insulation.

There are about 35-40 polystyrene producers in Romania, with a total estimated EPS production capacity of 3.5-4 million cubic meters per year. In 2016, some 3.5 million cubic meters of polystyrene were produced and sold in Romania, with the sector valued at about 150 mEUR.

Some of the players operating on the Romanian polystyrene market include Arcon, Austrotherm, Hirsch Porozell, Swisspor, Congips, Firos, Masterplast, Mindo, Onebrand, Euroconf Impex, Mecatronics, Plastics Europe and Isopor. 


For Deal Origination in Romania and the Region go to http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/02/deal-origination-in-romania-and-region.html

At the end of 2016, the cumulative value of the local thermal insulation market exceeded 200 mEUR, of which the polystyrene sector was around 150 mEUR, the mineral wool was about 50 mEUR, the remaining value being generated by other product categories, such as graphite polystyrene, polyurethane foam etc.

Sales of polystyrene adhesives registered by the building materials producer Duraziv in the first eight months of the current year compared to the same period in 2016, went up 10% according to company data. The weight of adhesives for polystyrene in Duraziv's total adhesives division was quantitatively around 60% in the analyzed range, while in terms of value their share reached 52% of total sales.

The Building Materials and Construction Development in Romania has been analysed by FRD Center in previous blog postings such as: http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/01/building-materials-and-construction.html

The Romanian Paints Industry has been estimated at around 200 mEUR in 2016, according to the AIVR (Romanian Association of Paint Industry Association). There are 172 local producers operating on the market, 100% owned by private investors and competing successfully with major international manufacturers represented by importer-distributors and commercial offices.

The Swiss manufacturer of chemical materials for building Sika, owns in Romania two production units, namely one for additives, with a capacity of 10,000 tons / year in Brasov and one in Capusu Mare, where special mortars and adhesives for constructions are manufactured, with a capacity of about 50,000 tons / year. Last year, the company announced it will invest in the opening of the third plant, which will be built in the southern area of Romania. According to the latest available data, the sales of Sika Romania sales have cumulated about 28 mEUR in 2016, after a 9% increase from in 2015.

AdePlast, a Romanian building materials manufacturer, recorded a 17% growth of its 9 months turnover in 2017, 37% of which was due to polystyrene. After three quarters, AdePlast managed to deliver more than 1,000,000 m³ of polystyrene, surpassing 87,000 m³ of production in the same period last year. Their exports increased 97%.


Sources include: Agenda Constructiilor, the Companies

For more details about the new developments and growth expectations of the Romanian DIY Market go to http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/07/romanian-diy-market-new-developments.html

For more details about the Electric Power Tools Market in Romania go to http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/05/electric-power-tools-market-in-romania.html

Are you interested in the opportunities presented by the construction and building materials sector in Romania and other Emerging Markets in Europe? To export to these markets? To acquire a local player? To source for various building materials?


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.

For tailor-made market research, 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

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 such as Poland, Serbia, Lithuania, Hungary, Czech Republic, Bulgaria or Turkey.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Plastic Production Sector in CE and SE Europe

FRD Center has been analysing the The Plastic Production Sector in CE and SE Europe and the opportunities presented by the players in this sector in various markets such as Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Slovakia etc.
The report - a DEMO example of what type of analyses FRD Center can produce upon specific demand - is available for download at 
http://www.frdcenter.ro/assets/FRD-Center-Plastic-Packaging-Production-Sector-CE-SE-Europe.pdf

FRD Center also has in its sell-side mandates portfolio plastic products manufacturers based in Romania, the most dynamic economy in Europe. For these companies, FRD Center is actively looking for buyers and foreign investors.

Products of interest include plastic foil, plastic tubes, plastic bags, flexible packaging, flexographic printed labels.

Are you looking to connect with local plastic products manufacturers in markets such as Poland, Romania, Serbia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Lithuania or Turkey?  Perhaps we can assist you with the Market Entry and B2B Matchmaking.

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

Are you looking to expand on the Romanian or Eastern European market through the acquisition of a local producer? A Merger&Acquisition? Since 2000, FRD Center offers deal origination, 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 market research, B2B matchmaking with players in the Emerging Markets in Europe, for M&A assistance and deal origination feel free to contact the FRD Center team at: 

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

FRD Center: Market Entry Consulting Services in CE and SE Europe

Factor Regional Development Center (FRD Center) is a privately owned market-entry and M&A consulting firm which, since 2000, offers complete tailor-made business development, trade and investment support services for successful market access of foreign companies to Romania and the region.

Click here for a BRIEF VIDEO PRESENTATION

Our services include:
  • data collection, market intelligence, competitor analysis, market research, sector studies and reports
  • product introduction and market opportunity assessment from buyers, distributors
  • access to local suppliers
  • M&A advisory and support services
  • business matchmaking, target qualification
  • B2B and direct sales consulting
More details at http://www.frdcenter.ro/English/home.htm

Our Corporate Presentation is available at http://www.frdcenter.ro/assets/FRD-Center-Corporate-Presentation-2017.pdf - including a series of examples of market-entry and M&A consulting project Case Studies.
Since 2000, FRD Center offers market research and M&A consulting services to foreign companies and organisations interested to enter Romania and the emerging markets in Europe as investors or joint-ventures. FRD Center assists export promotion organisations from Ireland, Finland, Spain etc. with their trade missions, B2B matchmaking and market research projects in Romania and the CE and SE Europe.

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





Saturday, 11 November 2017

Investment opportunities in the AgriFood Sector



The new M&A WORLDWIDE AgriFood Industry Report is now available for download at https://m-a-worldwide.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Agri-Food-Beverages-Industry-Report-october-2017.pdf

Topics include "Food Retail Development in Romania – 2017", "The organic food market in France" , "Western food industry benefit from Asians demand of higher quality".


Established in 2004, M&A Worldwide is a leading global alliance of mid-market merger & acquisition specialists: 42 member firms operating in 42 different countries. All members are closely linked in a global alliance to advise clients on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, capital raising, and other strategic transactions.


In 2016, the members of M&A Worldwide closed 641 deals in for an aggregate value of over US$3.7 billion.


Agriculture, food and beverages industries register an important growth in the global economy. M&A WORLDWIDE has been involved for many years in this sector by advising Clients on best decisions to increase their company value. 


FRD Center is the Romania member of MAWW. 

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, plastic packaging, 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

Friday, 10 November 2017

Industrial production in CE and SE Europe - interesting increases

Romanian industrial output grew a robust 10.3% in annual terms in August, accelerating from July’s 7.4% increase. According to the Romanian National Institute of Statistics, in the first eight months of 2017 compared to the similar period of 2016, the industrial production in Romania has increased by 8.2% as gross series due to rises in manufacturing (+8.9%), mining and quarrying (+5.2%) and electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply (+1.8%).

Industrial production in the Czech Republic expanded a solid 4.4% year-on-year in September. FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect Czech industrial output to expand 3.7% in 2018. According to the Czech Statistical Office, the industrial production in the Czech Republic has increased in Q3 2017 by 5.5% year-on-year, after working days adjustment.

Latvian Industrial production surged 12.9% in September compared to the same month last year, above August’s already robust revised 12.5% year-on-year increase. Analysts surveyed by FocusEconomics expect industrial production in Latvia to expand 4.3% in 2018.

According to the Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic, in the first eight months of 2017, the industrial production in Slovakia has increased by 4.5% year-on-year, due to the increase in electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning supply by 7% and in manufacturing by 4.3%.

Industrial production in Serbia expanded 7.3% in September from the same month last year, while Croatian industrial output in September increased 3%. FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect the Serbian industrial production to expand 4.3% and the Croatian one 3% in 2018.

According to the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia, the industrial production in the period January – September 2017 compared with the same period of 2016 has increased by 3.5% in Serbia, due to the increase in manufacturing by 6.8% and in mining and quarrying by 1.7%.

Lithuania’s industrial production expanded 4.8% year-on-year in September. Analysts surveyed by FocusEconomics expect industrial production to expand 4.4% in 2018.

According to the Polish Central Statistical Office (GUS), industrial production grew 4.3% in September from the same month of last year. FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect the Polish industrial production growth to increase 4.7% in 2018. According to the same source, in the period January - September 2017, the sold production of industry in Poland has been by 5.9% higher than in the corresponding period of 2016.

According to the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute, the working day adjusted industrial production index in Bulgaria has increased by 4.9% in August 2017 in comparison with August 2016. On annual basis in August 2017, the industrial production index calculated from working day adjusted data has increased in the manufacturing sector by 6.4%.

According to the Turkish Statistical Institute, the industrial turnover index in Turkey has increased by 26.6% in August 2017 compared with same month of the previous year. When the sub sectors of the calendar adjusted industrial sector (based on 2010=100) have been examined, the mining and quarrying index has increased by 25.1% and the manufacturing index increased by 26.6% in August 2017 compared with August 2016.

Industrial production in Kazakhstan grew 6.9% in September over the same month last year. FocusEconomics panelists expect the Kazak industrial production to expand 5.5% in 2018.

Are you looking to connect with local industrial manufacturing players in markets such as Poland, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Lithuania or Turkey? With importer-distributors of machinery and tools for metal processing or with importer-distributors of machine-tools and accessories? Perhaps we can assist you with the Market Entry and B2B Matchmaking.

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

Are you looking to expand on the Romanian or Eastern European market through the acquisition of a local producer? A Merger&Acquisition? Since 2000, FRD Center offers deal origination, 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 market research, B2B matchmaking with players in the Emerging Markets in Europe, for M&A assistance and deal origination feel free to contact the FRD Center team at: 
email: europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61

More details about Automotive Manufacturing Sector in CE and SE Europe at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/10/automotive-manufacturing-sector-in-ce.html

More details about Machine-Tools Imports and Importer-Distributors in Romania at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/08/machine-tools-imports-and-importer.html

More details about Romanian importer-distributors of Metal Processing Tools and Machinery http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/07/romanian-importer-distributors-of-metal.html

Sources of info include www.focus-economics.com

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

FRD Center analysis of the furniture production in CE and SE Europe: Romania, Poland, Turkey, Lithuania, Hungary etc.



Furniture production in CE and SE Europe has a long tradition and is quite dynamic.

The furniture produced in Romania has recorded EUR 1.55bn in the first seven months of 2017. Furniture production in Romania recorded an average annual growth rate of 7.61% between 2011 and 2017. Some 77% of the furniture produced in Romania is exported.

The furniture production in Poland has reached almost EUR 10bn in 2016. With high quality products, the Polish furniture industry is a regional leader. According to market sources, more than 90% of the furniture produced in Poland is exported. According to KPMG's survey, representatives of Polish furniture companies are optimistic about the current and future situation of the industry - as many as 37% of respondents expect sales growth in 2017.

Turkey has become in 2016 the leading medium-density fibreboard (MDF) producer in Europe, surpassing Germany. Turkey’s wood and wooden products export was USD 731 mln in 2016, while in the period January-May 2017 it was of USD 321 mln.

Furniture production in Turkey is concentrated mainly in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Bursa, Adana, Eskişehir and Kayseri provinces. The largest furniture manufacturing area in Turkey, called “Siteler”, is located in Ankara. The number of small and medium sized enterprises in “Siteler” is about more than 20 thousand.

Turkish furniture is exported to more than 200 countries. In recent years Turkish furniture exporters has entered many new countries, especially to the EU, with new designs and high quality products.

More details about the imports development of furniture in CE and SE Europe are available at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/10/furniture-market-in-ce-and-se-europe.html

Some recent news in the furniture manufacturing sector in the Emerging Markets in Europe:

IKEA Industry invests in furniture production in Lithuania


IKEA Industry has announced in September 2017 its decision to invest in furniture production in Kazlų Rūda, Lithuania and the advanced technology will offer an opportunity to double the production capacity. The construction of the factory is scheduled to begin in the autumn of 2017 and planned to be completed in the summer of 2019.

The IKEA factories in Kazlų Rūda employ more than 700 co-workers, producing particle board and furniture. The year 2016 saw the production of 1.2 million pcs of ready-made furniture and 545 thousand cubic meters of particle board. IKEA Industry has been operating in Lithuania and Kazlu Ruda since 2008.

Egger constructs chipboard plant in Poland
The Austrian wood-based materials company Egger has started in September 2017 the construction of a chipboard production plant in Biskupiec, Poland. The Greenfield investment is estimated at approximately EUR 250m and represents Egger’s 19th plant and the first in Poland. The investment we will create approximately 1,000 new jobs. The factory will produce around 650,000 cubic meters of chipboards annually. The new plant is planned to start its production in Q4 2018.

Steico Group expands LVL production in Poland
The Steico Group produced in September 2017 the first laminated veneer lumber (LVL) board at its new, second production line in Czarna Woda, Poland. The regular operations of the line are expected to start during the first half of 2018. The new line is estimated to double the LVL production capacity from a current total of 80,000 cbm / year to around 160,000 cbm / year.

IKEA Industry started wood pellet production in Poland
IKEA Industry has started the wood pellets production in the Eastern Polish sawmill Stalowa Wola in September 2017. The newly pellet plant has a 60,000 tonnes capacity per year. This sawmill has a cut-off capacity of 400,000 cubic meters of pine logs.

Kronospan inaugurated new lamination line in Romania
The Austrian wood-based panel manufacturer Kronospan has inaugurated in June 2017 a fully automated melamination line at its factory in Sebes, Central Romania, following an investment of EUR 10m. The melamination line has implemented an automatic quality control system that detects up to 60 different types of surface quality errors. Besides the unit in Sebes, Kronospan owns another production facility in Brasov, Central Romania. Kronospan has invested approximately EUR 600m in Romania over the last 19 years and has 800 employees.

Are you looking to connect with local producers of furniture in markets such as Poland, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria or Turkey? With importer-distributors of machinery and tools for furniture and wood processing or with importer-distributors of furniture accessories? Perhaps we can assist you with the Market Entry and B2B Matchmaking.

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

Are you looking to expand on the Romanian or Eastern European market through the acquisition of a local producer? A Merger&Acquisition? Since 2000, FRD Center offers deal origination, 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 market research, B2B matchmaking with players in the Emerging Markets in Europe, for M&A assistance and deal origination feel free to contact the FRD Center team at: 

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


Monday, 30 October 2017

Automotive Manufacturing Sector in CE and SE Europe



FRD Center (www.frdcenter.ro) is constantly monitoring the automotive manufacturing developments in CE and SE Europe, while facilitating foreign players access to market data, industry intelligence and B2B matchmaking with local players in major automotive hubs such as Romania, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia, as well as in markets such as Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia etc.

What are the latest news from the automotive manufacturing sector in the Emerging European markets?


  • ŠKODA AUTO based in the Czech Republic posted operating profits totaling EUR 1.2bn for the January to September 2017 period. This represents a y/y increase of 28.3 %.
  • In the first nine months of 2017, the Romanian Dacia (Group Renault) plant production was of 231,558 vehicles.
  • In H1 2017, the Polish automotive industry increased its output by 7.5% year on year to a record-high PLN 77.4bn.
  • Metal components manufacturer, Advanex has confirmed that they will be opening a new factory in the Czech Republic during 2018. Globally, Advanex has operations in 23 countries including the United Kingdom, Japan, China, America and Thailand and produce a range of metal components suitable for the automotive and medical markets.
  • In October 2017 took place in Romania the Romanian Automotive Summit, the most important event of the year dedicated to the automobile manufacturer industry, aiming at the development of Romania as an attractive and competitive platform for this segment in Eastern Europe.
  • Slovakia is a global centre for auto assembly, a former Cold War powerhouse for tank-building turned home to major plants for South Korea’s Kia, Germany’s Volkswagen and France’s PSA. 25% of the Slovakian GDP is generated by the automotive industry.
  • The Romanian automotive manufacturing sector is one of the major pillars of the Romanian economy. The auto industry employs over 150,000 people and in 2016 contributed by 47% to the Romanian exports. In 2016 it recorded an impressive growth of 9% year-on-year.
  • According to the Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Economy, new investments of BGN 350 million could be made in the production of car parts in Bulgaria. This year, investment in the automotive manufacturing industry in Bulgaria is about BGN 70 million, and another BGN 50 million are yet to be invested. 
  • Czech car production rose 4.2% year-on-year in the first nine months of 2017, supported in part by solid domestic sales.
  • In October, Prague was the host of the Central European Automotive Forum 2017 which brought together all the leading players in the CEE automotive industry. OEMs, T1 and T2 suppliers, as well as solutions providers gathered in Prague for 2 days of news and networking.
  • Recently, Jaguar Land Rover Slovakia has officially launched a recruitment campaign to find workers for the brand new plant it is building near Nitra for EUR 1.4 bn. 
Sources: Prague Monitor, Rzeczpospolita, AutomotiveSuppliers.pl, PragueConnect.cz, Reuters, Novinite, The Slovak Spectator, Business Review, The Daily.sk


Are you interested to research the local markets and understand the market potential? To acquire a local player and expand your operations in the region?

Are you looking to connect with local KOLs, decision makers, with specialised importer-distributors and direct buyers or with local suppliers / manufacturers in markets such as Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Serbia, Turkey 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

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Trade Missions and Inward Buyer Missions for Export Promotion Agencies



Since 2000, FRD Center has been organising Trade Missions and Inward Buyer Missions for Export Promotion Agencies such as 
- the Irish Governmental Agency, Enterprise Ireland 
- the Development Agency of Murcia Region (Instituto de Fomento Region de Murcia) from Spain
- the Finnish Governmental Agency, Finpro 
- the Netherlands Embassy in Bucharest
- Camara de Comercio Murcia (Spain) 
- the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers (USA) 
- the Gateway&Partners (GatewayBaltic) consulting firm
- the US Commercial Section, US Embassy in Bucharest

More details at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/07/trade-missions-and-inward-buyer.html

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


The U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration, through the representatives in the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, Romania invited FRD Center to join forces and prepare B2B meetings with relevant local players, specialised importer-distributors, potential business partners and buyers for American companies participating in the Trade Winds SE Europe event in October 2017. More details at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/09/frd-center-assists-us-embassy-in.html

Trade Winds, the largest annual U.S. government-led trade mission, will lead U.S. companies and organizations to Southeast European markets in 2017, to connect them to promising business opportunities.


FRD Center is a Business Service Provider (BSP) for the US Exporters. More details athttp://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/07/frd-center-is-now-business-service.html

For tailor-made market research, B2B matchmaking with players in the Emerging Markets in Europe, liaison with local Authorities and Business Community, roundtables with local KOLs and product presentation events feel free to contact the FRD Center team at: email: europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61

For foreign decision makers interested to learn first-hand from the local key opinion leaders and authority representatives about the opportunities and challenges of doing business and market entry in the Emerging Markets in Europe, such as Romania, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Turkey etc. FRD Center organises Sector-Focus Round-Tables and Presentation Seminars. More details at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/06/business-round-tables-between-foreign.html


The FRD Center Market Entry Services (Emerging Markets in Europe: Romania, Poland, Hungary etc.) brief presentation video is available at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/06/the-frd-center-market-entry-services.html

Are you looking to connect with local KOLs, decision makers, with specialised importer-distributors and direct buyers or with local suppliers / manufacturers in markets such as Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Serbia, Turkey 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





Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Romanian Compressive Stockings market




According to a FRD Center market analysis, the compressive stockings brands available in Romania are:

Sigvaris – produced by Sigvaris (Switzerland
Scudotex – produced by Luropas (Italy)
Scudovaris - produced by Luropas (Italy)
Segreta – produced by Ibici (Italy)
Relaxsan – produced by Calze G.T. (Italy)
Albert Andre – produced by Laboratori Piazza (Italy)
Kamila – produced by CA-MI (Italy)
Cabifi – produced by Cabifi (Italy)
Solidea – produced by Calzificio Pinelli (Italy)
Anatomic Help – produced by Anatomic Help (Greece)
Medi – produced by Medi (Germany)
Cambren C – produced by Hartmann Group (Germany)
Miracle Socks – produced by Ontel Products Corporation (USA)
Pani Teresa Medica – produced by Pani Teresa Medica (Poland)
Egeo – produced by Egeo (Poland)
Marilyn – produced by Marilyn (Poland)
Avicenum – produced by Aries (the Czech Republic)
Elastofit – produced by Pharmatextil (Hungary)
Elastomed – produced by Pharmatextil (Hungary)
Tonus Elast – produced by Tonus Elast (Latvia)
Variteks – produced by Variteks Ortopedi Sanayi (Turkey)
Armor – produced by Hegeli Ortopedik Ürünler (Turkey)
Novamed – produced by Novamed (Turkey)

Examples of prices:
Product
Brand
Price (EUR)
Compressive stockings 70 DEN, 12-17 mmHg
Relaxsan
11.8
Compressive stockings 140 DEN, 19-22 mmHg
Scudotex
15.3
Compressive stockings SK1
Cambren C
17.1
Compressive stockings 18-21 mmHg
Elastofit
17.5
Compressive stockings, 15-18 mmHg
Armor
21.9
Compressive stockings 280 DEN, 23-27 mmHg
Segreta
23.2
Compressive stockings 23-32 mmHg
Elastomed
26.3
Compressive stockings 23-32 mmHg
Pani Teresa Medica
32.2
Compressive stockings K1 Class, 25-30 mmHg
Scudovaris
47.3
Compressive stockings Mediven
Medi
66.4

According to the FRD Center market analysis:

a) there are approximately 65 specialised importer-distributors of medical / compressive stockings operating in Romania 

b) larger importer-distributors of compressive stockings also import products dedicated to orthopaedic recovery and rehabilitation, such as orthesis, belts, cervical collars, wheelchairs, orthopaedic balls, walking frames, walking sticks, crutches, orthopaedics pillows etc.

c) others also import different type of para-pharmaceutical products such as sterile compresses, medical patches, products for newborns, weight scales, ointments, disinfectants etc.

The research carried out by FRD Center also revealed, in regards to the Sales Channels:

a) the medical / compressive stockings are mainly sold in specialised para-pharmaceutical stores which are dedicated to orthopaedic recovery and rehabilitation. Some examples of such stores are: Catena Pas cu Pas, Ortopedica, Neomed, Tonus Elast etc.

b) also, one important channel is the on-line sales. Many of the strong importer-distributors of medical / compressive stockings have such an on-line store.
Some examples of on-line stores are: www.medimfarm.ro, www.mattca.ro; www.ortopedix.ro; www.bermedical.ro; www.tehnica-medicala.ro

c) third sales channel in importance in Romania are the pharmacies. Unless they have a dedicated area to the para-medical products, their choice of compressive stockings is limited

Are you looking to export quality medical and para-medical products, medical devices and health equipment to Romania and the other Emerging Markets in CE and SE Europe? Perhaps we could collaborate.

To foreign companies interested to export, outsource, invest, relocate their operations, manufacture or distribute in Romania and the region, FRD Center offers complete market entry services such as: http://www.frdcenter.ro/English/consultancy.htm

For tailor-made market research, B2B matchmaking with players in the Emerging Markets in Europe, liaison with local Authorities and Business Community, roundtables with local KOLs and product presentation events feel free to contact the FRD Center team at: email: europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61

Monday, 16 October 2017

Instant noodle soups market in Romania



Romania is currently the most dynamic large market in the EU, with the highest GDP growth in Europe of 5.8% in H1 2017 after a 4.8% growth in 2016. In H1, Romania’s food imports went up 17% year-on-year, reaching almost EUR 3.5 bln.

The Romanian market of instant noodle soups is dominated by the following players and their brands:

- Marathon Distribution, importer of Rollton brand
- Unilever with Knorr brand
- Nestle with Maggi Fidelicios brand
- TAN-VIET Romania, importer of Vifon brand

According to the players in the category, the market value is about 10 mEUR, which means 2 million more than in 2008, before the financial crisis. The market demand for instant noodles is on a constant growth for several years. 

According to the Group Brand Manager Culinary, Nestlé Romania, "This market has a different evolution depending on the segment, the noodles grow year-on-year, while instant soups are in a sharp decline."

In 2016 vs. 2015, the purchasing power increased with 12% while consumption registered a 13.5% growth.

In the first seven months of 2017, compared with the similar period of 2016, Romanian food and beverages consumption went up 6.6%.

In H1 2017, food retail opened 145 new stores, after some 250 were opened in 2016.

New international players in food retail, as well as international fast food and restaurants announced entry onto the Romanian market.

An interesting development in 2017 in Romania is the "Street Food Festival" - a movement which is gaining momentum all over the country and includes Gourmet, Traditional Romania, Fusion etc. attracting numerous public. 


FRD Center has produced for the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Bucharest the "Romanian Food Market 2016" report, published on-line at https://www.dutchromaniannetwork.nl/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Food-Report-Romania-2016.pdf  and organised outgoing and in-coming trade missions for Foods & Beverages in Romania and the region.

Are you looking to export quality foods & beverages to Romania and the other Emerging Markets in CE and SE Europe? Perhaps we could collaborate.

To foreign companies interested to export, outsource, invest, relocate their operations, manufacture or distribute in Romania and the region, FRD Center offers complete market entry services such as: http://www.frdcenter.ro/English/consultancy.htm

For tailor-made market research, B2B matchmaking with players in the Emerging Markets in Europe, liaison with local Authorities and Business Community, roundtables with local KOLs and product presentation events feel free to contact the FRD Center team at: email: europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Romanian Agrotechnology Buyers travel to KoneAgria 2017 in Finland



For the 2nd consecutive year, FRD Center has been subcontracted by the Finnish Agrotechnology Growth Program / Finpro to organise an Inward Buyer Mission of relevant Romanian importer-distributors and specialised media to travel to the KoneAgria trade fair in Finland. FRD Center is the only Finpro validated expert with an office in Romania.

The Romanian participants at this year's edition are: RDI Grain Systems, Ecotec, Agrimedia and Metalsim Company. In 2016, the Romanian participants were: Terra Nostra Consulting, Utilben, Mecomag, Agromec Stefanesti and Lantec Industries.

FRD Center has a comprehensive d-base of importer-distributors of agrotechnology, agricultural machinery, farm equipment and chemicals. On regular basis, FRD Center facilitates direct contact of foreign manufacturers with local buyers and relevant distributors in the agribusiness sector in Romania and other markets in the region, such as Bulgaria, Poland, Ukraine etc.

Since 2000, FRD Center organises B2B matchmaking, product introduction and assessement of interest from local buyers, trade missions and inward buyer missions for Export Promotion Agencies, SMEs and companies interested to export, source and expand to Emerging Markets in Europe.

KoneAgria 2017 presents an excellent opportunity to explore the latest technologies and innovations from the major agricultural machinery and equipment manufacturers in Finland. The exhibition will be held in Tampere on 12-14 October 2017, and this year’s focus is on pig and poultry farming.

At KoneAgria 2017, Finpro is organising a seminar entitled "Agrotechnology innovations from Finland" as part of its international buyer and media visit to KoneAgria2017. The seminar will highlight some of the latest technologies and solutions by Finnish companies in the agricultural sector.

Romania is the most dynamic large market in Europe, presenting numerous business and investment opportunities for foreign companies, especially in the agriculture and agribusiness sector.

Since 2000, FRD Center provides market-entry consulting services to Romania and other Emerging Markets in CE Europe and SE Europe. More details at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/08/market-entry-to-romania-and-emerging.html

FRD Center - www.frdcenter.ro - is one of the pioneer privately owned market entry consulting firms based in Romania. Starting with 2000, FRD Center offers tailor-made market entry services and support for Export Promotion Agencies, Governmental organisations, International trade agencies, Chambers of commerce, Private foreign companies interested to enter the Romanian market, to source, relocate or invest in Eastern Europe and the CEE and SEE region.

More details at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/07/trade-missions-and-inward-buyer.html and

http://www.frdcenter.ro/assets/FRD-CENTER-Trade-Mission-Services-2017.pdf

FRD Center, in strong collaboration with its Clients, has designed, organised and implemented to date over 30 in-coming Trade Missions, including multi-sector TMs, the largest being with 30 participating companies.

To foreign companies interested to export, outsource, invest, relocate their operations, manufacture or distribute in Romania and the region, FRD Center offers complete market entry services such as: http://www.frdcenter.ro/English/consultancy.htm

For tailor-made market research, B2B matchmaking with players in the Emerging Markets in Europe, liaison with local Authorities and Business Community, roundtables with local KOLs and product presentation events feel free to contact the FRD Center team at: email: europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61

For more details about Agricultural Machinery and Agribusiness Market in CE and SE Europe go to http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/08/agricultural-machinery-and-agribusiness.html

For more details about The Romanian Agricultural Machinery Market go to http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/07/the-romanian-agricultural-machinery.html