President Klaus Iohannis has test driven, on Wednesday, in southern Craiova, the new Ford model Puma.
“I had the occasion today to see the new model, I also went for a test drive. I liked the car and I believe it’s important that Romania be known for such units, such highly successful plants,” said Iohannis after the visit to the Ford factory.
He emphasized that the automotive industry is vital to Romania.
“Not only is it vital, here, in Romania, it can develop much, much more. We have potential. Now we will have the money to make the investments that transform Romania in such a way that it is more attractive for investors in the automaker domain and in all other domains,” said Iohannis.
The head of state deemed the Ford team as being “very performant”, showing that it is a very good example for the entire country on how a modern plant should function.
“I heard there is the intention to expand the plant, which is laudable and I hope is a big success,” president Iohannis added, according to Agerpres.
Ford Romania resumes three-shift work, announces additional USD 30 million investment
Ford Romania’s management announced on Wednesday that as of July 20, employees of the Ford vehicle production plant in Craiova have resumed their three-shift work schedule, and the production volume is now almost at the same level as before the start of the pandemic.
As of Monday, the vehicle production plant is again working in three shifts, which demonstrates that the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, together with the EcoSport and Puma models we produce here, have demand both in Europe and in other locations globally, Ford Romania President Ian Pearson said on Wednesday, on the occasion of President Klaus Iohannis’ visit to the factory in Craiova.
He also announced that Ford Romania has started an additional investment of 30 million dollars, for the installation of a modern press line, which has an area of 1,900 sqm (almost the size of two Olympic pools) and will allow the Ford Craiova plant to produce locally a wider range of components, which at the moment are brought from other Ford factories in Europe.
According to Agerpres, Ian Pearson pointed out that since 2008, when it acquired the factory in Craiova, Ford has respected its commitment to Romania and especially to Craiova, and the constant investment it has made over the last 12 years, including the $30 million announced on Wednesday, is proof of this.