German Eberspaecher Group opened its new exhaust technology factory in Oradea, in Western Romania, on Thursday, October 6.
This is the group’s first investment in Romania. The factory will produce catalytic converters and exhaust silencers for European automobile manufacturers. Some 150 people will work in the new factory by the end of this year. For the medium-term up to 650 employees are planned at full capacity.
“Excellent logistic connections to main traffic routes to European customers, in addition to the well-trained local technicians and engineers were the decisive criterion for the location in Oradea,” the group’s representatives stated.
The plant was built on an 11-hectare land plot in the Eurobusiness I industrial park in Oradea in less than eight months. The facility has around 27,500 sqm, which includes both production and logistics areas as well as an office complex.
The German group hasn’t disclosed the value of this investment. According to local Digi24, the investment made in the factory so far has been EUR 16 million.
The Eberspaecher plant in Oradea produces catalytic converters and silencers for European automobile manufacturers. By the year 2020, an annual production capacity of 1.5 million mufflers and catalytic converters as well as up to 5 million pipes is planned. At full capacity, a catalytic converter will be produced every 15 seconds on the automated and highly flexible production lines.
Eberspaecher Group, which is a family-run business, is one of the world´s leading system developers and suppliers of exhaust technology, vehicle heaters, and bus air conditioning systems. The group has 60 sites in 25 countries, 40 of which are industrial facilities. It had over 8,600 employees and a turnover of EUR 4.37 billion in 2015.