Daimler plant to be built Sebes

Economy Minister Adriean Videanu said that major German car maker Daimler will build a spare parts plant for its models in the town of Sebes, Alba County, ‘Adevarul’ daily newspaper reports. The plant might become operational starting this autumn and will provide a few hundred jobs. Daimler has already transferred four production lines from Berlin and Stuttgart to Romania, where cogwheels and gearboxes will be made for Mercedes cars. “Obviously, we could go further, and try to offer assembling opportunities, quoted Videanu as saying after a visit to Germany. The German company has already bought an industrial hall in the town of Sebes, where truck parts will be produced and plans to start activity at the plant by late summer.

In 2008, Daimler picked Hungary as the location for its plant in Southeast Europe, despite Romania and Poland also being on the waiting list. The global economic crisis pushed back the opening date for the plant. The Romanian car market registered in January through May its biggest slump in terms of new matriculations EU-wide, 49 per cent, against the year-earlier interval. Also, local manufacturer Dacia, posted a decline in orders, according to data from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association.

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