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Ford Motor Company refused to comment on speculations that it will add production of the EcoSport SUV and the Ka minicar to its underused Craiova plant in Romania. Accordingly, the car maker is planning to build the EcoSport for Europe in the said factory.
Presently, Ford imports the EcoSport from India for European distributors. The Ka is also reportedly being considered for production at Craiova. Currently, Ford is in an industrial tie-up with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to create the Ka at the latter's factory in Tychy, Poland together with the Fiat 500, Ka's platform sibling.
The production of Ka in FCA's Tychy plant will end by April. Ford is offering a new Ka, which is inspired by Ford's global B platform underpinning the Fiesta subcompact, in India and Brazil. It is produced in Chennai, India together with the EcoSport. Ford Europe President Jim Farley declined to comment on the matter, saying that "nothing new" is to be revealed.Read the entire article Ford refuses to react to rumors of EcoSport, Ka production at Craiova, Romania plant
Ford Motor Co. plans a layoff of around 680 workers at its Craiova site in Romania in 2015 to adapt to the still weak demand in Europe. The Craiova site has been building the B-Max minivan since two years ago, after Ford acquired local carmaker Automobile Craiova in 2008.
Weak demand for the minivan in Europe – down 21 percent to 43,749 units in the first nine months of 2014 -- has resulted to regular production stoppages each month for more than a year.
Ford Romania said in a statement that to help better “secure the competitiveness” of the Craiova plant and to control operational costs, the carmaker has to take necessary measures to adjust production volumes to the current market demand, including a reduction in the site’s workforce.Read the entire article Ford plans layoff of 680 workers at its Craiova, Romania plant next year
TRW Automotive Holdings is opening this year a new airbag sewing site in Roman, Romania, as it tries to meet its anticipated growth in demand for airbag cushions in the next five years. "By 2018, we expect that an additional 12 million sewn bags will be needed,” Frank Mueller, TRW vice president and general manager for global occupant safety systems, said in a statement.
“The new facility will support our airbag plants across Europe," Mueller added. The Roman site is expected to have 400 employees by the end of 2014 and up to 1,000 workers by 2017. The Roman site underscores growing interest in Romania from both suppliers and carmakers.
TRW opened a steering-wheel leather wrapping plant at Timisoara in 2004 and a similar plant in Baia Mare in January 2012. TRW also operates sites in Oravita, Lupeni and Marghita, where its operations cover die casting, foaming and airbag production. Lear Corp. is also opening a new seating plant in Iasi this month, which will be home to around 1,500 workers.Read the entire article TRW to open new airbag sewing site in Roman, Romania
Bentley Motors has opened a Bentley Bucharest dealership, its first official sales point in Romania. Bentley Bucharest, covering an area of over 610 square meters, features dedicated new car sales facility that complements its established aftersales services.
Mihaela Tudorica, Brand Manager Bentley Bucharest, remarked that they are delighted to welcome and host all Bentley customers in an “elegant, state-of-the-art showroom” where it will present the latest exquisite models.
Gracing the opening of the Bentley Bucharest dealership was the new Continental GT V8 S that was first unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. This new member of Continental range caters to V8 customers wanting to get more as it is more agile and responsive and offers more power and caries a more sporting look.Read the entire article Bentley Motors opens Bentley Bucharest showroom in Romania
Ford Motor Co.’s unit in Romania is temporarily stopping the production of the B-Max for 13 days in November, due to the still weak demand for vehicles in Europe. The stoppage came after the unit halted the output of the B-Max in September. Ford commenced producing the B-Max subcompact minivan in 2012 at the site formerly owned by Automobile Craiova.
Ford Romania now builds around 370 cars a day and 1,000 engines. Ford Romania spokeswoman Ana Maria Timis said that they are confident that the stoppages are temporary measures and that the situation will improve at the site once vehicle sales in Europe starts to slowly recover. She said that Ford Romania will adjust its production volumes in November and December depending on the market situation.
The production halt is affecting around 2,500 employees, or over half of Ford Romania's workforce. Affected workers, however, will receive 80 percent of their wages during the production stoppage. Ford sold 48,682 B-Max units in the first eight months in Europe, according to data from researcher JATO Dynamics.Read the entire article Ford Romania stops B-Max output for 13 days in November
Ford Motor will stop output for one week in September at its Craiova site in Romania to adjust to weak market demand in Europe. Ford commenced building its B-Max model at the Craiova site in 2013 and currently produces 370 cars and about 1,000 engines daily at the site.
Ford Romania spokeswoman Ana Maria Timis confirmed that the unit will have seven days of no B-Max production next month, adding that the instance is "a very common situation for the auto industry." According to Timis, around 2,500 employees -- representing around half of Ford Romania's workforce -- will be affected by the production halt.
The workers, however, will receive 80 percent of their wages for the week. In July, Ford revised upwards its earnings forecast for full year 2013 following unchanged pre-tax loss in Europe of around $1.8 billion from $2 billion.Read the entire article Ford Romania to halt B-Max output for 7 days next month
Daimler AG will make an investment of over EUR300 million ($390.6 million) to build a new plant in Sebes, Romania, that will assemble transmissions for its Mercedes-Benz brand. The carmaker needs a new transmissions plant after its main powertrain plant near Stuttgart, Germany has already reached full capacity.
Daimler will commence producing five-speed automatic transmissions in mid-2013 at the Sebes plant, which is close to an existing components site in Cugir.
Daimler said that the new site will commence production dual-clutch transmissions in 2014 and will add capacity for its next generation of drivetrains in 2016. Daimler, which has been producing components for engines and transmissions in Romania at a joint venture since 2001, is increasing its production capacity across Eastern Europe as its Mercedes-Benz brand expands its lineup of compact cars.Read the entire article Daimler to invest over EUR 300 mil to build transmissions plant in Romania
Daimler will invest a large amount to produce transmission parts in Romania, particularly at the Cugir plant of its existing joint venture in the country, according to a report from Handelsblatt. Citing sources privy to the carmaker, the daily said that Daimler's supervisory board will lay the groundwork for the investment on Wednesday.
Daimler is expanding its joint venture with the Romanian government since its transmissions production site in Untertuerkheim, Stuttgart, is nearing full capacity, Handelsblatt reported. In March, Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta disclosed that Romania had inked a memorandum of understanding with ''one of the biggest and most prestigious companies in Germany'' to open a production site in the country.
French carmaker Renault’s Dacia unit and American automaker Ford Motor Co. have car production sites in Romania. Carmakers from Western Europe are attracted to invest in Romania as the country’s low cost and skilled labor force enable them to incur lower manufacturing costs.Read the entire article Daimler to expand JV site in Romania to build transmission parts
If a pay dispute in Romania worsens, Renault's Dacia unit could transfer production to less expensive sites in Morocco. To pressure the company to approve a 40% increase in pay, the workers at Dacia's assembly line in Pitesti (117 km west of Bucharest) stopped working for two days last month. The company responded to its workers’ demand with an offer of only a 9% raise.
Automobile Dacia Vice-President Constantin Stroe said that if its workers insist on making “unrealistic demands” and if no mutually beneficial resolution is reached, it’s likely that a significant aspect of production will be moved to Morocco. The automaker posted losses of 20 million euro ($26.1 million) from the strike last month.
Renault’s Dacia unit is the biggest exporter in Romania, making up about 3% of the gross domestic product. About 90% of what Dacia produces in this country is exported. Last year, it sold around 360,000 cars around the world, standing for a 4.8% increase from 2011. At Dacia, the average monthly pretax wage was 3,965 lei ($1,200) in 2012 compared with a national average of 2,100 lei.Read the entire article Dacia could transfer production in Morocco, due to pay dispute in Romania
Tata Motors denies that it is considering a plan to construct an auto assembly plant in Romania. According to the dailybusiness.ro Web site, the company is planning to invest 1 billion euros to open a production plant to build cars, buses, trucks and commercial vehicles. When asked by Automotive News Europe, a Tata Motors spokesman said there’s no plan like that being considered.
Tata was able to get a foothold in 2008 in Europe when it acquired Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford Motor Co. for $2.3 billion. The core Tata brand’s presence in the region is small.
It sells only a few thousand units each year. Tata presently sells the Vista hatchback and the Aria crossover in Italy and Spain. Since the Nano was launched in India in 2009, Tata had thought about offering the minicar in Europe.Read the entire article Tata Motors denies reports about a possible plant in Romania
An inaugural ceremony took place at Renault’s Titu Technical Center in Romania earlier this week. Attendees include President Traian Basescu and Patrick Pelata, Renault’s Chief Operating Officer.
The new facility is located on a 330-hectare midway between the Dacia plant in Pitesti and the Renault Technologie Roumanie (RTR) engineering center in Bucharest, the capital of Romania.
The facility will conduct tests on vehicles and powertrain components from the Renault Group and is equipped with 100 test benches for complete vehicles and components (shock absorbers, running gear, powertrains and others).Read the entire article Renault opened the Titu Technical Center in Romania
[Update: All-new 2011 Ford B-MAX was unveiled today - read all about it here: 2011 Ford B-MAX ]Those who have been missing Ford's Fusion will be glad to know that the Ford B-Max, its successor, has entered the automotive stage via the company's Craiova factory in Romania. The Ford B-max is a small MPV that is likely kinetically designed and downsize-powered.
Based on the Fiesta's platform, the B-max is expected to have many of the design cues seen on the Iosis Max Concept, introduced at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show.
To manufacture the car, Ford will use a 400 million euro loan granted by the European Investment Bank (EIB). Romanian and EIB officials have recently signed an agreement for a government guarantee of the loan in Bucharest.Read the entire article Upcoming Ford B-Max will be built in Romania
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