Antoine Aoun: Renault still believes in Romania, Dacia range to be renewed


The Ubifrance Economic Mission of France’s Embassy in Bucharest organized the France-South-Eastern Europe business forum on February 11 and 12.

Renault still believes in Romania and we will continue to vigorously invest on this market, Renault Group Romania Purchasing Manager Antoine Aoun declared yesterday. ‘We’re exporting to Romania, India or Brazil. We have a Purchasing Division with an overall size of two billion euros per year, a very transparent one. The supplier network has 130,000 – 150,000 employees working directly or indirectly for Dacia. The 2012 turnover has been EUR 4 billion, Renault-Dacia’s equivalent of 3 per cent of the GDP. Renault still believes in this country, as we have invested one billion euros here since we bought Dacia, and we are not done with it yet. We will go on vigorously, powerfully, and this is an important message for our suppliers. We invite them to come to Romania, because there is business to be done here. We are optimistic for 2014 and for the next years. Romania is a country with skilled people, with state initiatives,’ the Renault Group official maintained at a specialized workshop of the ‘France – Southeastern Europe’ Business Forum, Agerpres reports.
According to Aoun, the French automaker is already considering a replacement for the Duster model, and generally to a whole new range of Dacia models. Today we have a brand new range and we are working on the future range of Sandero. We are also looking for replacements, including for Duster,’ he said.
Romanian automotive industry is worth EUR 16 bln in 2013
Business in Romania’s automotive industry in 2013 was worth almost EUR 16 billion, most of it being due to the sector of components, said yesterday vice-president of the Dacia Renault group and president of the Association of Romanian Car Manufacturers (ACAROM) Constantin Stroe, the official told a specialist workshop organized at the France-South-Eastern Europe business forum.
According to him, the volume of sales on the domestic car market is two billion euros and more than 100 international suppliers of car spare parts and components have production locations in Romania.
The Ubifrance Economic Mission of France’s Embassy in Bucharest organized the France-South-Eastern Europe business forum on February 11 and 12. The forum was attended by representatives of more than 400 companies from 14 countries. The above-mentioned event was a genuine tour de force in business. The companies work in such fields as infrastructure, transports, energy, automotive industry and medical devices and equipment.

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