Delphi celebrates 10 years and plans further growth in Romania
Delphi organization celebrates 10 years of doing business in Romania, at the same time expanding with the recently announced new diesel engine management system (EMS) components plant in Iasi.
The company has been operating in the country since 1997 when the first plant in Sannicolau Mare was opened. Today, Delphi’s two manufacturing Electrical/ Electronic Architecture (EEA) facilities in Sannicolau Mare and Ineu (northwest of Romania) employ collectively 10,000 people.
The anniversary creates a great occasion to summarize achievements and recognize employees who have been with Delphi from the beginning. Special events with personnel in Sannicolau Mare and Ineu took place in early December during which local authorities recognized Delphi for its commitment to development in the region.
“Having worked together for a decade, we built a team of professionals that still has perspective for further growth,” said Cristian Gulicska, Delphi Packard EEA Romania Country Director. “We faced numerous challenges and proved that we are ready for further opportunities. From a time perspective, we consider the decision to establish operations in Romania successful.”
Delphi’s investment criteria for Romania, as for all new regions, were to follow the group’s vehicle-maker customers, develop a skilled workforce, use the existing infrastructure and obtain local government support.
Electrical/ Electronic Architecture plant in Sannicolau Mare and Ineu
Delphi started its business in Romania with Electrical and Electronic Distribution Systems (E/EDS) production to support European car production. In 1999, Delphi completed the site development and construction of the second building in Sannicolau Mare. From 8,200 sqm in the beginning, the site was expanded to accommodate more customer programs and has grown to 22,000 sqm today.
The construction of the plant in Ineu began in May 2004. In November 2004, the first finished harness was manufactured. Today, the Delphi plant in Ineu is the main employer in the Arad area.
Delphi plants in Sannicolau Mare and Ineu manufacture Electrical/Electronic Architecture for several European automakers. The plants supply wiring harnesses —body, interior, doors and small harnesses — to customer assembly plants located in Western and Eastern Europe.
Delphi recently announced that its Romanian plants deliver their products for the new Renault Twingo model, having a short delivery time to the automaker’s Novo Mesto assembly plant in Slovenia. The wiring system is manufactured under the Kaizen Manufacturing System to ensure best-in-class quality and delivery. Delphi also supplies from Romania the complete Electrical/ Electronic Distribution Systems for the recently introduced Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
Delphi’s plants in Romania are committed to being a clean, safe and efficient workplace — offering opportunities for employees at all levels. As everywhere else in the world, Delphi offers career development opportunities, professional internal and external training in an environment based on teamwork.
To ensure the proper quality of the products, car manufacturers have always paid great attention to the quality within the complete supply chain. The common quality “language” in the automotive industry has been established through introduction of ISO/TS 16949 - quality standards agreed to by American, European and Japanese car manufacturers. Both Delphi EEA plants in Romania have already been recertified with ISO/TS 16949.
New Delphi Diesel Systems plant in Iasi
In a move to service its growing customer base, Delphi announced plans in mid-July 2007 to open a new diesel engine management system (EMS) components plant. It has already initiated activities in a leased facility (brownfield) which is a pre-existing industrial site in Iasi where Delphi will begin production of diesel pumps and injectors by the end of 2008.
Delphi has well-developed expansion plans that call for several additional investment projects to launch products specified in new business contracts that have already been awarded. Each of these future multi-million-dollar investment projects is for new buildings, machinery and equipment and will support attainment of long-range planned capacity in Iasi. Subject to Delphi’s board of directors supporting future investment projects, Delphi’s presence in Iasi, could reach more than 1,000 workers and total investment could exceed 100 million euros.
Currently Delphi is continuing its business plan of starting the brownfield operation. This part of our overall project is on schedule and Delphi is working on the planning for the greenfield. For more information about Delphi, visit http://www.delphi.com/media
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