The emerging markets in CE, SE and Eastern Europe include Romania, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia.

The emerging markets in CE, SE and Eastern Europe include Romania, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia.
The emerging markets in CE, SE and Eastern Europe include Romania, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia, Lithuania.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Auto Components and Spare Parts Production in CE and SE Europe

Who are the main automotive components manufacturers operating in Emerging Europe? What are the most interesting developments of the auto components and spare parts production in CE and SE Europe: Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Bulgaria, Turkey?  What were the dynamics of their production? Here are some details of the activity of Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 producers of automotive components in the region:

Production of Auto Components and Spare Parts in CE and SE Europe
1 - Romania
  • The manufacturing of the automotive components is a dynamic sector in Romania, benefitting from ongoing foreign investments, an educated and productive labour force and a long tradition of industrial manufacturing, metal working and casting.
  • Romania is an attractive market for the foreign manufacturers of auto components.
  • The domestic market of auto components is dominated by big foreign companies that have manufacturing facilities in Romania, such as: Continental, Michelin, Autoliv, Takata, Schaeffler, Johnson Controls, Pirelli, Delphi, TRW Automotive, Leoni, Draxlmaier, Yazaki, Daimler etc.
  • Key foreign manufacturers of automotive components have been attracted in Romania by the investments made by the domestic manufacturers of auto vehicles Automobile Dacia and Ford Romania.
  • The producer of automotive batteries Rombat, controlled by Metair South Africa, has recorded a turnover of approximately 41 mEUR in the first seven months of 2017, up by 8% compared to the same period of 2016.
  • Delphi Diesel Systems, the biggest and most profitable company owned by Delphi Group in Romania, has been evaluated at 754 mEUR in 2017.
  • The producer of automotive components Compa has reached a turnover of approximately 116 mEUR in the first nine months of 2017, up by around 10% compared to the similar period of 2016. Compa is listed on Bucharest Stock Exchange.
  • The Swedish manufacturer of automotive safety systems Autoliv has six plants and over 11,000 employees in Romania.
 2 - The Czech Republic
  • Faurecia produces in its plants in the Czech Republic emissions control technologies, interior systems and automotive seating.
  • Founded in 1994, the Rehau plant in Moravska Třebova, the Czech Republic manufactures products for international car manufacturers using the injection moulding, extrusion and extrusion blow moulding processes.
  • The Czech Republic is the cornerstone of Honeywell’s global engineering strategy in Europe. Over 4,000 professionals work for Honeywell in the Czech Republic.
  • The Czech company OMB Composites manufactures in its plant in Kraliky laminated body parts for heavy automotive vehicles including buses, trams, trucks and trains. Its production processes include hand lay-up lamination or light resin transfer moulding.
 3 - Slovakia
  • Johnson Controls is a main automotive components manufacturer in Slovakia. The company has a R&D division in Slovakia, part of the global R&D network for seat systems.
  • Honeywell has entered the Slovakian market in 2011. The company has a manufacturing plant of turbochargers in Presov.
  • Faurecia has seven industrial sites in Slovakia, located in Bratislava, Hlohovec, Kosice, Lozorno, Trnava and Zilina. The company produces in Slovakia emissions control technologies, interior systems, automotive seating and automotive exteriors.
  • Grupo Antolin has entered the Slovakian market in 2001 by setting up a production center in Bratislava. Currently, Antolin has three production units in Slovakia, located in Bratislava, Trnava and Žilina and over 1,300 employees.
 4 - Poland
  • Toyota has two manufacturing plants in Poland, located in Walbrzych and Jelcz-Laskowice. The combustion engine factory in Jelcz-Laskowice employs nearly 500 people while the plant in Walbrzych, which produces transmissions, employs 1,500 people.
  • Faurecia has nine plants in Poland, out of which two production plants of interior systems in Gorzow Wielkopolski and Legnica, and seven production plants of automotive seating in Grojec, Walbrzych and Jelcz. Furthermore, it has an R&D centre in Grojec.
  • The Poland-based manufacturer of automotive plastic components Wezi-Tec currently has around 500 employees. Established in 2003, the company is part the German Group Weber.
  • Kongsberg Automotive has a greenfield production facility in Koluszki, Poland, opened in 2016. The Koluszki plant produces chassis products such as anti-roll bars and V-stay rods for top truck producers including Scania, Volvo and DAF. The plant currently employs over 60 persons.
 5 - Bulgaria
  • The automotive parts industry is one of the engines for Bulgaria’s national output.
  • There are approximately 100 enterprises forming the automotive industry in Bulgaria. Most companies are Tier 1, 2 and 3 suppliers.
  • The automotive companies are present in all the Bulgarian regions, with the South Central as the most active area.
  • The automotive companies in Bulgaria have production capacities for: electronics and electronic components, electric cabling, engines and engine components, power-train systems, interior and seats, locking systems, A/C systems, lightning and signalling systems, batteries and electric car components.
  •  Yazaki has three plants in Bulgaria and works with various small and medium-sized enterprises as subcontractors. Yazaki has entered the Bulgarian market in 2006.
  •  The Bulgarian subsidiary of the Turkish producer of automotive components Teklas is based in Kardzhali and employs around 1,850 people. The company manufactures fluid circulation systems and anti-vibration parts. Teklas’s Bulgarian unit is the company’s largest subsidiary.
 6 - Turkey
  • Brisa is a significant tyre producer in Turkey. Brisa manufactures tyres under the brand names Bridgestone and Lassa, for passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, buses, trucks, tractors and construction equipment. Brisa Turkey exports its products to over 50 countries, mainly in Europe and neighbouring countries.
  • Faurecia has in Turkey two industrial sites located in Kocaeli and Orhangazi and one R&D centre in Gebze.
  • The technology leader in steel wire transformation and coating technologies Bekaert has acquired 100% of the shares of the former Pirelli steel cord entity in Izmit, Turkey in 2015. The entity has been renamed Bekaert Kartepe Çelik Kord Sanayi ve Ticaret.
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