German auto part manufacturer Bosch, with a global turnover figure in excess of 47.3 bln euro and a workforce of nearly 283,500, will open a work unit at Jucu, where it will inject EUR 60 M, ‘Ziarul Financiar’ quoted local television channel Transilvania L!VE as reporting, where Viorel Gavrea, general manager, Tetarom industrial park, confirmed the news last week.
Italian home appliance manufacturer De’Longhi has already announced plans to open a work facility at Jucu, which makes Bosch the second company to launch an investment on the premises of the industrial park Tetarom III, with nearly 2000 jobs to be created in the process.
“The Cluj County Council has made some statements about the new investment when it made public the agreement struck with Italy’s De’Longhi over the Nokia production facility in Cluj. The Bosch contract has been completed, and therefore will be signed once the Finance Ministry has given its go-ahead,” the Tetarom general manager said, according to whom Bosch will install its production facilities on a 21 hectare area on the Tetarom III industrial park, where the Nokia plant too operated. According to Gavrea, the Bosch investment in the manufacturing of electronic components for automotives could exceed EUR 60 M.
The Cluj County Council announced as early as last September, when Nokia announced its going to leave Romania, it had been conducting negotiations for the past ten months with the Bosch Group, which has been doing business in Romania since 1994, and where it operates five factories, namely Robert Bosch (auto part and equipment distribution, thermo-technical equipment and electric tools), BSH Electrocasnice (import and distribution of Bosch and Siemens home appliances), Bosch-Rexroth (machinery and equipment components), Blaj-based Bosch-Rexroth Romania, an electric tool manufacturer, and the outsourcing Bosch Communication Center in Timisoara. In 2010, Robert Bosch SRL posted a business turnover figure of RON 249.5 M, circa EUR 59 M, according to the website of the Ministry of Public Finance.
In its turn, Italy’s home appliance manufacturer De’Longhi will pour EUR 30 M in a home appliance factory at Jucu, on the premises of the former Nokia plant, where it will create 600 to 1000 jobs. The investments by the two companies may help bringing the local labour market into balance after Nokia’s departure.
Two Dutch companies will create 250 jobs in Cluj County
Voc Logistics, a Dutch logistics company, will open its first work station in Romania near the Transilvania Motorway and hire over 100 employees. In its turn, foodstuff equipment manufacturer Fencs, also from the Netherlands, will open a 150-employee factory at Apahida, Mediafax cited Cluj-Napoca interim mayor Radu Moisin as saying. Ionut Luca, Administrator Fencs Industries SRL, said that the company of which he is a representative will produce stainless steel equipment for the foods, pharmacy and petrochemical sectors and also export production lines to Western EU member countries. The investment in the Apahida factory will add up to EUR 2 M over the next three years. Production will begin in March, with the opening of two production lines, for processing vegetables and dairy products respectively,” Luca said.