Expansion of production in Romanian spring factory

Expansion of production in Romanian spring factory: Doubling of production capacity to 25,000 tonnes

On 25 October, the production hall in the Romanian city of Sibiu was ceremoniously inaugurated after being expanded over a two-year period. The annual production capacity for springs has thus been doubled to 25,000 tonnes.

More than 100 visitors accepted the invitation to the inauguration party of the extended and modernised Frauenthal Automotive plant in Romania. The cutting of the ceremonial ribbon was performed by the Mayor of Sibiu, Klaus Johannis, Hannes Winkler, Ventana Holding, District President of Sibiu, Ioan Cindera, and Rudolf Lukavsky, Commercial Attaché to the Austrian Embassy in Bucharest (see photo from left to right). The interested guests included local politicians, representatives of the authorities, representatives of the customers BPW and the italian commercial vehicle industry, print and TV journalists, suppliers and the Frauenthal Automotive management and plant employees.

Market leadership secured

The investments brought an increase in the spring factory's capacity from 13,000 to 25,000 tonnes. In taking this step, Frauenthal Automotive is pursuing the objective of securing its leading position on the spring market and of increasing its productivity. These investments, which were subsidised by the Romanian government, helped create 58 jobs. The work took two years to complete and the greatest challenge was carrying out the conversion while keeping operations running. Aside from various other facilities, a quench and temper line, as well as a saw for the cutting to length of the raw material and a parabola roller for the production of high-performance springs were acquired. Moreover, the assembly hangar was redimensioned; a finished goods storage facility and a new hall for quality assessments were built. Aside from investing into the expansion of production, Frauenthal Automotive also invested into the infrastructure and improved working conditions for employees: A doctor's practice, a training room, locker room, an office for the process engineers and a new system for ventilation and flue gas cleaning are a few examples thereof. Another positive point is the modern IT system for production monitoring which also supplies customers with up-to-date information.

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Ribbon cutting