24th July 2007
By Staff Writer
Automotive Business Review Online
In a move to service its growing customer base, Delphi Corporation, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, has officially announced it is planning to open a new diesel engine management system components plant. The facility, to be operated by Delphi Powertrain Systems division, is scheduled to receive equipment in late 2007. The site is in Iasi, in the north-east of Romania.
The initial location is a pre-existing industrial site which will begin the first phase of manufacturing operations before year-end. Delphi has expansion plans that call for several additional phases of new investment to launch products specified in already awarded new business contracts. Each of these future multi-million dollar phases of investment are for new building, machinery and equipment and will support attainment of long-range planned capacity in Iasi. Subject to Delphi’s board of directors supporting future phases of investment, Delphi’s total presence in Iasi, could reach over 1,000 workers and could accumulate to exceed E100 million investment.
Jose Avila, general manager for Delphi Diesel Systems, said: “We have recently won a large number of new programs and new customers, especially for diesel engine management systems that are Euro V compatible and we need to support our customers who are rapidly expanding in Central and Eastern Europe. We require additional plant capacity to support our continued growth. Delphi is a key player in the global diesel market and this new site will strengthen our position by providing an efficient new manufacturing base nearer to our customers.”