The Danish Rockwool Group, the world’s largest basalt mineral wool producer, has announced the start of construction works on its first factory in Romania, after spending 20 years subsidizing transportation costs, in order to sell its products here. The decision comes amid a global crisis on the insulation market, which is increasingly confronted with depleted stocks.
For this purpose, the manufacturer has selected as general contractor the company CON-A from Sibiu, known for the construction of the Cluj Arena stadium.
Rockwool has bought a 30-hectare land from the Alinso group in the Ploiesti West industrial park in Ariceşti Rahtivani, and wants to build a EUR 50 million factory, which includes the cost of land acquisition, buildings, equipment and personnel training. The factory will create 150 jobs and other 300 jobs indirectly, for services and logistic, a company release informs.
“We are glad that we can start the works for this factory, we know how much our customers expect it. This production unit is first and foremost a commitment to them, it will help us get closer to their projects in Romania and to deliver them faster the products they need. The start of the construction comes in a good context. We see a growing demand for our products that help buildings save energy, be safe for fire, and provide increased comfort. We thank the authorities for their support, we are glad that they’ve understood the importance of this project for the local economy and community,” said Florin Popescu, Business Unit Director, ROCKWOOL Balkans.
The ROCKWOOL plant near Ploieşti will start producing mineral wool in 2019. Most of the raw material will come from Romania, the logistics and labour force directly employed by ROCKWOOL or subcontracting companies will be mostly local.
Supervision and management services for the construction work will be provided by Blue Projects.
The ROCKWOOL Group announced, at the end of last year, the investment in a basalt mineral wool factory in Prahova County, part of its plan to open new production capacities in the United States, Sweden and Romania.
In the first stage, the production line near Ploiesti is designed to cover the Romanian market, so that the products can be exported later on to markets such as Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia or the Republic of Moldova, capital.ro informs.