Tenaris, a leading global manufacturer of seamless steel pipe products and provider of pipe handling, continues to be one of the steady investors on domestic market. Thus, the company reconfirmed its interest for Romania through a new investment of USD 14 million into a training centre – TenarisUniversity – for its 1,700 employees, inaugurated on Saturday in Zalau, Salaj county.
“Tenaris is exactly the type of company any country, any local community, any government wants; because it means substantial investments on long and medium term, it means jobs – more than 1,000 jobs in Zalau only, it means modern technology and modern corporate thinking; it also adds something much needed in Romania, namely the educational and professional training side. Because this means getting too the next level of investments in Romania,” the prime minister Victor Ponta said attending the event, gov.ro informs, along with Tenaris CEO Paolo Rocca, Italian Ambassador to Romania Diego Brasioli and Transport Minister Ioan Rus.
University inauguration marks 10 years of Tenaris presence in Romania and comes after years of significant investments in manufacturing facilities, such as the new production line of pipe for oil and gas industries (OCTG – oil country tubular goods) and pipe line for the energy industry, both in Zalau.
Each year, employees of Silcotub, part of Tenaris Goup, are undergoing over 100,000 training hours on technical and management issues on a wide range of topics – from health and safety at work to quality, commercial, products and technologies.
TenarisUniversity is Tenaris’s corporate university, responsible for strategically integrating, aligning and disseminating knowledge and expertise uniformly across the company. TenarisUniversity’s responsibilities encompass the whole corporate training process including the development of proprietary courses, defining the most appropriate training methodology and measuring the training effectiveness.
Tenaris area manager Michele Della Briotta mentioned the training centre’s role as a ‘bridge’ to the local community. ‘We will organized here festivities we wish to share with the local community, educational, entertainment and cultural events,’ he said.
Rocca underlined that Tenaris has overall invested USD 370 million in Romania and it got the support of local authorities everywhere in the country – in Zalau, Ploiesti, Bucharest and Calarasi; the governmental support was also important for the long-run success of business.