Ford started, last year, its production in Craiova, South Romania but so far just one supplier opened a factory nearby, Lear Corporation. Meanwhile, the American Johnson Controls company, supplying car seats, started to recruit for a factory located in the same complex as Ford, a local newspaper, Gazeta de Sud, reads. Ford Europe managers announced last week in a visit to Bucharest that Ford's investment calendar will be delayed by one year because of the crisis.
So far, there are suppliers who chose to open factories in Craiova and who also work for Dacia factory in Mioveni. Lear Corporation decided to open a factory within Ford's complex. Next in line is Johnson Controls, a suplier of car seats.
Currently, Johnson Controls has three factories in Romania: at Pitesti, Ploiesti and Mioveni. The company is present in Romania since 2004. A third supplier plans to invest in the area, this time in Olt county, in Bals.The fact that there are already three suppliers that decided to open up factories in Romania, just to be nearby Ford is a sign that things start to develop .
The third supplier plans to create 600 jobs with an investment of 60-70 million euro, Bals mayor Ady Madalin Teodorescu declared. He said that the supplier is specialized in plastic parts of Ford cars.
So far, Ford invested about 200 million in the Craiova facory and in September 2011 will launch a new small car model.
Currently, Johnson Controls has three factories in Romania: at Pitesti, Ploiesti and Mioveni.