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, 30 March 2018

Romanian Agriculture Registers Record Crops and Agricultural Outputs



How to access the market opportunities in the Romanian agriculture? Who are the main players in the agribusiness sector in Romania? How to access the farms and large agricultural groups? Who are the most reliable dealers, importers, distributors of agricultural machinery, farm equipment, agrotechnology in Romania?

In 2017, Romanian agriculture registered record crops and agricultural outputs. According to the Romanian Institute of Statistics, Romania's 2017 sunflower seeds output increased by 43% to 2.91 million tonnes, the highest in the EU.

In spite of the fact that, the surface of the land cultivated with cereal grains decreased by 6.9% in 2017, the production grew by 12.4% to 24.4 million tonnes compared to 2016.

Maize production in Romania went up 33% to 14.3 million tonnes in 2017 vs. 2016, while the wheat output was 17.2% higher at 9.87 million tonnes. Romanian oilseed crops production increased by 29.5% to 4.65 million tonnes.

Soya beans production rose by 38.8%, while rape output rose by 29.3% to 1.67 million tonnes in 2017 vs. 2016.

Romanian oats production was up by 7.1%, while production of barley rose by 2.2%. In 2017, the production of dried pulses nearly tripled to 291,000 tonnes as a result of both larger cultivated area and higher yield per hectare.

In 2017, Romania harvested 1.11 million tonnes of sugar beet, up by 10.2% compared to 2016.

Vegetables production increased by 8.1% to 3.63 million tonnes, although the cultivated area decreased by 1.8%.


What is the potential of the Romanian Agriculture? How to reach the most relevant players such as Romanian farms and farmers associations, Romanian importers and dealers of agricultural equipment and farm machinery?

Are you looking for tailored market research on the agricultural sector? Perhaps we can assist you with the Market Research, Go-To-Market, Market Entry and B2B Matchmaking. 

If interested to receive our offer, feel free to contact the FRD Center team at:
email: europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61

The irrigation systems are a key element in the Romanian agriculture. In 2018, the Romanian officials are putting forward programs to assist with the modernization of state-owned irrigation systems and also to encourage farmers to organize Water Users Federations and thus be able to access European funds to create their own irrigation systems. According to them, 1.3 million hectares will soon benefit from irrigation systems in Romania. 

The Romanian National Program for the rehabilitation of the main irrigation infrastructure 2017-2020 aims at an investment of over 1 bnEUR. Being divided into three stages, the program aims to create 86 irrigation facilities on a total area of over 2 million hectares of agricultural land in Romania. More details in the FRD Center business blog posting at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2018/03/romanian-agriculture-potential.html

What are the market and export opportunities for Agrotechnology in SE Europe? For watering and spraying appliances used in greenhouses? For harvesting or threshing machinery? Are you looking to connect with Romanian and Bulgarian buyers of agrotechnology or importer-distributors and dealers of agricultural equipment and farm machinery? Perhaps we can assist you with the Market Entry and B2B Matchmaking. If interested to receive our offer, feel free to contact the FRD Center team at:
email: europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61
More details in the FRD Center business blog posting at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2018/02/agrotechnology-imports-in-se-europe.html

How to find the most relevant local importers and distributors, local buyers of Agricultural Equipment and Farm Machinery in Eastern Europe? How to access the Romanian Agrotechnology market? Who are the most relevant Farm Equipment importers in Hungary or Bulgaria? More details in the FRD Center analysis at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/08/agricultural-machinery-and-agribusiness.html

FRD Center has been analysing the Agricultural Machinery and Agribusiness Market in CE Europe and SE Europe: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Rep, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey.

The report is available for download at http://www.frdcenter.ro/assets/FRD-Center-CE-SE-Europe-Agricultural-Machinery-Market.pdf 

Who are the main importers and distributors in Eastern Europe? How to export to Romania or Poland or Hungary? How to find the best buyers in Serbia or in Bulgaria? Who are the most qualified suppliers or contractors in Central Eastern Europe or in South Eastern Europe? Here are some details of potential interest to a foreign manufacturer looking to expand to the Emerging Markets in Europe: http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/12/b2b-matchmaking-with-qualified.html


What are the opportunities on the Romanian Poultry Farm Equipment Market? How about the Turkish Poultry Farm Equipment Market? Which are the main Poultry Farms in Poland? How to reach the main Poultry Farm Equipment importer-distributors in Serbia or Hungary?

FRD Center is monitoring the market opportunities on the Agricultural Machinery and Farm Equipment market and export opportunities for international manufacturers of machinery for preparing animal feeding stuffs, poultry incubators and brooders, other poultry-keeping machinery etc. Local importer-distributors profiles, B2B matchmaking with local players. Here are more details in the FRD Center business-blog posting at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2018/01/what-are-opportunities-on-poultry-farm.html

How to organise Trade Missions and Trade Delegations to Romania and Eastern Europe? FRD Center - www.frdcenter.ro - is one of the pioneer privately owned market entry consulting firms based in Romania. Starting with 2000, FRD Center is subcontracted by Export Promotion and Development Agencies to organise Trade Missions and Trade Delegations to Romania and Eastern Europe.

FRD Center offers tailor-made market entry services and support for 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

Sunday, 25 March 2018

E-Mobility in CE Europe - new developments and opportunities for electric buses



How to reach the European manufacturers of electric buses, electric cars and the operators of e-mobility in Central Eastern Europe? Who are the main key players in e-mobility in Europe? How to directly access the Purchasing Managers in automotive OEMs in Europe?

According to the FRD Center research there are over 30 manufacturers of electric buses operating in Europe.


According to most recent statistics, in Europe, total estimated electric bus stock reached 1,273 units in 2016 representing an increase of 100% over 2015. The spectacular increase of the European e-bus stock demonstrates that the European market is moving into commercial development phase. By 2030 the share of battery-electric buses is expected to reach 50% in European cities, with UK, the Netherlands, France and Poland being the major European markets for e-buses.

In the Czech Republic, as a part of the Czech National Action Plan for Clean Mobility, DPP is working on testing two-pole opportunity charged e-bus in real operation. After 2 years of successful operation of SOR/Cegelec EBN 11 vehicle (operated in total 144.000 km), pilot project continues with new generation vehicle SOR NS 12 – Electric.

In France, by 2025, Île-de-France Mobilités (Paris) and RATP plan to roll out a 100% eco-friendly bus fleet, including electric and biogas buses, in the most polluted urban areas of the Île-de-France region. With the Grand Paris des Bus programme of Île-deFrance Mobilités and the bus2025 programme by RATP, Île-de-France Mobilités and RATP will fully engage in the energy transition phase for the bus fleet and completely transform its bus depots.

In Germany, the ‘E-Bus Berlin’ project is one of about 30 core projects funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Berlin is the first capital in the world to introduce a fully electric line in Germany, operating with four electric buses and inductive opportunity charging at the terminals.

In Hungary, the Budapesti Közlekedési Központ (BKK) is aiming to increase the clean vehicle fleet within the bus sector. This will be achieved, among others, by using electric buses. BKV, the municipality owned urban public transport operator, is running 20 e-buses purchased from a local manufacturer.


In Poland, the MZA Warsaw purchased 10 Solaris Urbino U12 ebuses as the first step toward the electrification of the city centre. In January 2018, The European Commission has approved the decision to allocate 41 million euros from the Cohesion Fund to the purchase of 130 electric buses for the Polish capital's transport system. Each bus will be adapted for people with reduced mobility and fitted with an air conditioning system and audiovisual information devices for passengers. "This new investment from Europe will very concretely improve the quality of life in Warsaw", commented the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu. "It will reduce vehicle congestion, help purify the air and provide residents of Warsaw with a clean, fast and comfortable means of transport." The buses should be in service by early 2021.

In the UK, there are currently 71 electric buses in the London fleet, and with a further six routes to be converted to electric, three by spring 2018 and a further three between 2018 and 2019, bringing the total pure electric bus fleet to 170.

Sources: European Commission, Zeeus

What are the most interesting developments of the auto vechicle production in CE and SE Europe: Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Bulgaria, Turkey in 2017? Who are the main automotive OEMs operating in Emerging Europe? What were the dynamics of their production? Here are some details in the FRD Center business blog posting: http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2018/02/auto-vechicle-production-in-ce-and-se.html

FRD Center considers that there are numerous opportunities for foreign companies involved in e-mobility, energy efficiency technologies, renewable energies technologies, in biomass and biogas utilisation, cogeneration, cleantech, Waste-to-Energy technologies, utilities management and automation, smart grid and smart metering technologies, waste management etc. to do business in Romania and CE Europe. More details at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/05/biomass-and-renewable-energies-market.html

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

How to reach the automotive OEMs in Romania and in Central Eastern Europe? How to establish business contacts with the Romanian and European automotive manufacturing sector players? Who are the main Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive companies in Romania and in Emerging Europe? More details in the FRD Center business blog posting at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2018/03/automotive-oems-in-romania-new-records.html

Are you looking to connect with local automotive manufacturing players in markets such as Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Lithuania or Turkey? Potential suppliers for your production? 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, local targets qualification, 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

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Atragerea unui investitor / partener strain / cumparator al firmei

FRD Center este in legatura cu un numar important de firme straine si de fonduri de investitii interesate sa colaboreze cu - si sa investeasca in - companii romanesti. 

FRD Center reprezinta Romania in reteaua internationala de firme de consultanta in fuziuni si achizitii M&A WORLDWIDE. In luna aprilie, cei doi Parteneri Fondatori ai FRD Center vor participa la summit-ul de investitii 
M&A WORLDWIDE de la Amsterdam.

La acest summit, echipa FRD Center va prezenta catre potentialii investitori straini mandatele de vânzare ale companiilor românești, clienti ai FRD Center, interesate sa atraga investitori straini, parteneri in firma sau cumparatori ai pachetului de actiuni.

Sunteti proprietarul / actionarul unei companii românești cu o cifra de afaceri de minim 5 milioane EUR interesat sa vindeti si sa atrageti un cumparator / investitor strain?

Doriti sa va asociati cu un partener strain pentru a va dezvolta afacerea pe alte piete? Sa atrageti private equity pentru a creste firma la un alt nivel?

Cautati un Joint Venture international?

Va intereseaza sa va extindeti la nivel international prin achizitii pe alte piețe?

Poate că am putea colabora. Proprietarii de companii din România deleaga FRD Center pentru a atrage cumparatori / investitori straini în firmele lor si angajeaza serviciile companiei noastre pentru a le gasi un partner sau un investitor strain.

FRD Center este o firma de consultanta de investitii si Fuziuni-Achizitii (M&A), membru pentru România în rețeaua internațională M & A Worldwide for Mergers & Acquisitions. 

Pentru mai multe detalii, contactați echipa FRD Center la adresa de e-mail: europa@frdcenter.ro sau tel: 021 411 1459, 021 411 1460, 021 411 1461



Romanian Agriculture - potential opportunities for foreign manufacturers

What is the potential of the Romanian Agriculture? How to reach the most relevant players such as Romanian farms and farmers associations, Romanian importers and dealers of agricultural equipment and farm machinery?

Are you looking to connect with Romanian and Bulgarian buyers of agrotechnology or importer-distributors and dealers of agricultural equipment and farm machinery? Perhaps we can assist you with the Market Entry and B2B Matchmaking. 

If interested to receive our offer, feel free to contact the FRD Center team at:
email: europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61


In 2017, Romanian agricultural outputs reached nine historical records with a total of over 27 million tons of cereals. Romania registered in 2017 the largest wheat production in history: over 10 million tonnes (an average of 4,836 kg/ha.) Similarly, for rapeseed, peas, barley and sunflower.

In 2017, Romania kept its leading sunflower seeds producer in the EU with a production of over 3.150 million tonnes.

Romania has an agricultural capacity of approximately 14.7 million hectares, of which approx. 10 mha are used as arable land. The soil is fertile and the climate is favourable for agriculture, animal husbandry, vegetable growing, fruit and horticulture.

Almost a third of the total EU agricultural land is owned by Romania: 33,5% of all EU farms. The main locally produced agriculture products in Romania are:
- grains: wheat, corn, barley, rape
- sugar beets
- sunflower seed
- potatoes
- grapes
- pork, poultry
- milk
- wool
- eggs

The irrigation systems are a key element in the Romanian agriculture. In 2018, the Romanian officials are putting forward programs to assist with the modernization of state-owned irrigation systems and also to encourage farmers to organize Water Users Federations and thus be able to access European funds to create their own irrigation systems. According to them, 1.3 million hectares will soon benefit from irrigation systems in Romania.

The Romanian National Program for the rehabilitation of the main irrigation infrastructure 2017-2020 aims at an investment of over 1 bnEUR. Being divided into three stages, the program aims to create 86 irrigation facilities on a total area of over 2 million hectares of agricultural land in Romania.

Romanian landowners who organize themselves and set up Federations of Water Users can access up to 1 mEuro non-reimbursable funds from the EU through the Irrigation Subsidiary Rehabilitation Program of Measure 4.3 of NRDP 2014-2020.

What are the market and export opportunities for Agrotechnology in SE Europe? For irrigation, for watering and spraying appliances used in greenhouses? For harvesting or threshing machinery? More details in the FRD Center analysis at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2018/02/agrotechnology-imports-in-se-europe.html

How to find the most relevant local importers and distributors, local buyers of Agricultural Equipment and Farm Machinery in Eastern Europe? How to access the Romanian Agrotechnology market? Who are the most relevant Farm Equipment importers in Hungary or Bulgaria? More details in the FRD Center analysis at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/08/agricultural-machinery-and-agribusiness.html

FRD Center has been analysing the Agricultural Machinery and Agribusiness Market in CE Europe and SE Europe: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Rep, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey.

The report is available for download at http://www.frdcenter.ro/assets/FRD-Center-CE-SE-Europe-Agricultural-Machinery-Market.pdf

Who are the main importers and distributors in Eastern Europe? How to export to Romania or Poland or Hungary? How to find the best buyers in Serbia or in Bulgaria? Who are the most qualified suppliers or contractors in Central Eastern Europe or in South Eastern Europe? Here are some details of potential interest to a foreign manufacturer looking to expand to the Emerging Markets in Europe: http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/12/b2b-matchmaking-with-qualified.html


What are the opportunities on the Romanian Poultry Farm Equipment Market? How about the Turkish Poultry Farm Equipment Market? Which are the main Poultry Farms in Poland? How to reach the main Poultry Farm Equipment importer-distributors in Serbia or Hungary?

FRD Center is monitoring the market opportunities on the Agricultural Machinery and Farm Equipment market and export opportunities for international manufacturers of machinery for preparing animal feeding stuffs, poultry incubators and brooders, other poultry-keeping machinery etc. Local importer-distributors profiles, B2B matchmaking with local players. Here are more details in the FRD Center business-blog posting at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2018/01/what-are-opportunities-on-poultry-farm.html

How to organise Trade Missions and Trade Delegations to Romania and Eastern Europe? FRD Center - www.frdcenter.ro - is one of the pioneer privately owned market entry consulting firms based in Romania. Starting with 2000, FRD Center is subcontracted by Export Promotion and Development Agencies to organise Trade Missions and Trade Delegations to Romania and Eastern Europe.

FRD Center offers tailor-made market entry services and support for 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

Since 2000, FRD Center offers tailor-made market research and intelligence, B2B matchmaking and M&A consulting services to foreign organisations interested to enter Romania and the emerging markets in Europe as exporters, consultants, investors or joint-ventures, to relocate their operations, or to source in CE, SE and Eastern Europe. Agricultural machinery and farm equipment market and export opportunities for international manufacturers of machinery for preparing animal feeding stuffs, poultry incubators and brooders, other poultry-keeping machinery etc. Local importer-distributors profiles, B2B matchmaking with local players.

As one of the pioneer privately owned market entry and M&A advisory firms in Romania, operating for over 15 years in this market, FRD Center has high competencies in buy-side advisory and is quite well placed to assist foreign buyers with their Deal Origination and Acquisition Target Search in Romania and the region. FRD Center has been assisting foreign investors with their acquisition target origination in Romania and has operated under several buy-side mandates.

Romania is the most dynamic economy in the EU, with highest GDP growth in Europe of 7% GDP growth in 2017.

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

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

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

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Ready-Meals Market in Romania - continuous developments

What is the current situation on the Ready-Meals Market in Romania? Who are the main players in the Romanian food processing sector that provide ready meals? How to enter the Romanian food processing sector? How to acquire a local food processor and producer of quality food products?

Romania is the most dynamic economy in the EU, with highest GDP growth in
Europe of 8.8% in Q3 2017 and a 7% GDP growth in 2017.

Due to a busier professional life and increasing incomes, the Romanian consumers are increasingly prepared for ready-made food. The majority of supermarket chains offer ready-meals, both packaged and self-service.

Currently some 4 out of 10 Romanians eat ready-meals. According to some market players, the market value doubled in 2017, as compared to 2016.

Carrefour, which operates nearly 300 stores on the Romanian market, ready-meal sales increased by more than 20% over the past year.

Some of the main players on the Romanian ready-meals market include Cris-Tim, Scandia Food, Macromex, Prefera Food, Ka Plus, Europrod/Agricola, Good People, Angst, Corelli Group, Eisberg România.

According to a study by Nielsen, 53% of the Romanian market of ready meals is covered by menus and 47% by salads.

For more details about the Romanian food market feel free to consult the FRD Center market report produced for the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Bucharest: the "Romanian Food Market 2016" published on-line at
https://www.dutchromaniannetwork.nl/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Food-Report-Romania-2016.pdf

For some info about the M&A Opportunities in the Meat Processing Sector in Romania feel free to consult the FRD Center analysis at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2018/01/m-opportunities-in-meat-processing.html

For a few details about the Instant Noodle Soups Market in Romania go to the FRD Center business blog posting at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/10/instant-noodle-soups-market-in-romania.html

How to enter the Romanian food processing sector? How to acquire a local food processor and producer of quality food products? 

As one of the pioneer privately owned market entry and M&A advisory firms in Romania, operating for over 15 years in this market, FRD Center has high competencies in buy-side advisory and is quite well placed to assist foreign buyers with their Deal Origination and Acquisition Target Search in Romania and the region. FRD Center has been assisting foreign investors with their acquisition target origination in Romania and has operated under several buy-side mandates.

Romania is the most dynamic economy in the EU, with highest GDP growth in Europe of 8.8% in Q3 2017 and a 7% GDP growth in 2017.

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

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

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

Crossborder M&A deals in the Agri/Food sector in Romania in 2017 / 2018 include:
  • Smithfield, part of WH Group (China), acquired local meat processors Elit and Vericom. 
  • Danish group Givesco A/S acquired 50% of the shares of local pasta producer, Sam Mills Group, with a combined business of over 140 mEUR. 
  • Mexican company Sigma Alimentos has acquired 51% of the shares of Caroli Foods Group, one of the main packaged meats producers in Romania. 
  • In October 2017, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) confirmed that it will become a shareholder in the Romanian agribusiness company, Agricover Holding, taking over 13% stakes. 
  • Unilever reached an agreement to buy local ice cream maker Betty Ice for an estimated 80-90 mEUR.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Automotive OEMs in Romania - new records of production



How to reach the automotive OEMs in Romania? How to establish business contacts with the Romanian automotive manufacturing sector players? Who are the main Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive companies in Romania?

So far, 2018 looks like a very good year for the Romanian automotive industry. More than 11,000 Ford Ecosport SUVs were produced in Romania in January. If Ford keeps this production pace by the end of the year, at least 130,000 cars worth 2 bnEUR will be produced in Romania this year. At present, Ford Romania manufactures about 600 Ecosport SUVs per day, which adds up to 12,000 units per month.

In total, the two automotive OEMs operating in Romania, Dacia and Ford, with the five models they currently produce in Romania, could reach 500,000 cars assembled in 2018, of which 360,000 could be produced by Dacia Renault and 140,000 by Ford Romania.

Are you looking to connect with local automotive manufacturing players in Romania? Potential suppliers for your production? 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.

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

What are the most interesting developments of the auto vechicle production in CE and SE Europe: Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Bulgaria, Turkey in 2017? Who are the main automotive OEMs operating in Emerging Europe? What were the dynamics of their production? Here are some details: http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2018/02/auto-vechicle-production-in-ce-and-se.html

Are you looking to connect with local specialised importer-distributors and direct buyers or with local suppliers / manufacturers in markets such as Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia, Lithuania or Poland? Perhaps we can collaborate. Here are more details about B2B matchmaking and supplier qualification services: http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/12/b2b-matchmaking-with-qualified.html

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 the profiles of Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive components manufacturers operating in Romania http://www.frdcenter.ro/assets/Automotive-Manufacturing-Romania-H1-2015-DEMO-sector-brief.pdf Are you interested to contact them for business collaboration? Perhaps we can facilitate your business contacts at decision maker level.

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 is happening in the automotive manufacturing sector in the Emerging European markets? Here are some details: http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/10/automotive-manufacturing-sector-in-ce.html

Are you interested to research the local automotive markets and understand the market potential in Emerging Markets in Europe? 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

Friday, 2 March 2018

Acquisition Opportunities in Romania and Emerging Europe

Why should you choose Romania as a location for your operations? Is it advisable to acquire a company or make a greenfield investment in Romania? How to correctly identify a local acquisition opportunity? 

For the last few years, Romania's economy has been the most dynamic in Europe, having registered growths of between 7% in 2017 and 3.8% in 2015.

Romania is a strong democracy, a NATO and EU member, attracting more and more interest from Asian, American and overseas investors, since it represents a gateway to both Europe and Eastern Europe / CIS.

As one of the pioneer privately owned market entry and M&A advisory firms in Romania, operating for over 15 years in this market, FRD Center has high competencies in buy-side advisory and is quite well placed to assist foreign buyers with their Deal Origination and Acquisition Target Search in Romania and the region. 


FRD Center has been assisting foreign investors with their acquisition target origination in Romania and has operated under several buy-side mandates. More details at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/02/deal-origination-in-romania-and-region.html

The purchasing power of the Romanian population increased with 12% in 2016 and with 10% in 2017. Romanian industrial output grew by 8.2% in gross series in 2017 compared to the previous year. 


In December 2017 vs. December 2016 Romania registered the highest increase in industrial production of 13.5%, compared to the 4.8% average in the EU28 

More details about the Romanian Industrial Manufacturing sector - the most dynamic in Europe are available at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2018/02/romanian-industrial-manufacturing.html

Some of the recent foreign investments and crossborder Mergers & Acquisitions in Romania include:

  • Czech investment fund Penta Investment acquired A&D Pharma, the largest pharma group in Romania, in a deal estimated at 300-400 mEUR.
  • British company Vast Resources, which owns two non-ferrous metal mines in Romania, has obtained a 9.5 mUSD financing from Mercuria Energy Trading, one of the biggest independent energy and commodities traders in the world.

  • German group Rewe, which owns the supermarket chain Penny Market, invested some 170 mEUR in Romania, in the last two years. The Penny Market network includes 220 stores, 20 of which were opened in 2017.

  • Oil & gas producer OMV Petrom has completed the construction of two new gas treatment plants. The total investment amounts to over 130 mEUR.
  • Rosendahl Industrial Services, the local subsidiary of the Austrian group Knill Gruppe, has launched an investment of 3.5mEUR for the construction of a new hall to expand the production capacity of the Satu Mare factory where they manufacture metal constructions and parts of metal structures.
  • Romanian startup Holotech Studios, the developer of the real time animation program FaceRig, has received a 2 mUSD investment from U.S. venture capital fund Signal Fire.
  • One United Properties invests 100 mEUR in projects developed on the former industrial platform Automatica. 
  • Danish group Rockwool will invest 50 mEUR in a stone wool plant in Romania. This is the group’s first investment in production in Romania. The production of stone wool at the new plant will start in 2019.
Crossborder M&A deals in the Agri/Food sector in Romania in 2017 / 2018 include:
  • Smithfield, part of WH Group (China), acquired local meat processors Elit and Vericom. 
  • Danish group Givesco A/S acquired 50% of the shares of local pasta producer, Sam Mills Group, with a combined business of over 140 mEUR. 
  • Mexican company Sigma Alimentos has acquired 51% of the shares of Caroli Foods Group, one of the main packaged meats producers in Romania. 
  • In October 2017, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) confirmed that it will become a shareholder in the Romanian agribusiness company, Agricover Holding, taking over 13% stakes. 
  • Unilever reached an agreement to buy local ice cream maker Betty Ice for an estimated 80-90 mEUR.
Sectors of interest for crossborder acquisitions in Romania include: healthcare, private medical services, plastic packaging, automotive, food processing, agribusiness, chemicals production and chemicals 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 the M&A and market entry potential in the BPO sector in Romania at http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/02/bpo-potential-in-romania-m-and-market.html

For some examples of foreign investments and cross-border acquisitions in Romania in 2016 / 2017 visit http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/07/expand-your-operations-in-eastern.html

For some potential M&A Opportunities in the Meat Processing Sector in Romania go to http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2018/01/m-opportunities-in-meat-processing.html

For acquisition opportunities in Romania and the region, for personalised market research and analysis, 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

For some potential M&A Opportunities in the Romanian IT Distribution Market - players, development and M&A go to http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/07/romanian-it-distribution-market-players.html

How to find qualified furniture producers in Central and South Eastern Europe? Go to http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2018/01/how-to-find-qualified-furniture.html

For automotive players and auto vechicle production in CE and SE Europe: Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Bulgaria, Turkey go to http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2018/02/auto-vechicle-production-in-ce-and-se.html


For a sector brief of the Plastic Production Sector in CE and SE Europe and acquisition opportunities in the Plastic Production in Romania go to http://market-entry-romania.blogspot.ro/2017/11/the-plastic-production-sector-in-ce-and.html