The manager of Ford Cariova car factory, Ian Pearson, has complained again during the Auto Forum 2019 in Craiova on Monday that the major disadvantage in Romania, which is seriously affecting their investment, is the lack of road infrastructure. The Ford manager argued they have invested EUR 1.3 billion in the plant in Craiova in the past 11 years.
In just few days Ford will be celebrating 11 years since they have taken over the factory in Craiova. „During this time we have invested about EUR 1.3 billion to develop cutting-edge technology both in the car production and also in engine design,” Pearson said.
He added that he had presented PM Dancila and other ministers the current business plan ad the future investments, including the extra investment of EUR 200 million announced last year to make a second Ford vehicle here in Craiova. According to the Ford representatives, their target is to produce 250,000 cars in Romania on an annual basis.
The Ford manager also took the opportunity to warn over the side effects of the poor road infrastructure. „In our previous talks with the Romanian government we received clear commitments on the conclusion of the 1 and 2 sections of the express road Craiova-Pitesti, including the two ring roads of Slatina and Bals cities, as well as the timetable for the 3 and 4 sections. We underlined one more time that it is very important that the Government should fulfill these commitments. Moreover we also asked for a clear timetable for the Pitesti-Sibiu highway and on the rehabilitation of the railway lines Timişoara – Craiova adn Craiova – Calafat”, Pearson said.
Last year, Ford produced 150,000 cars and 300,000 engines in Craiova, which ranked the US producer second in the top of the biggest exporters in the local economy, after Automobile Dacia.