Delphi Technologies Iasi foresees future development opportunities
The market evolution shows that the Romanian automotive industry adapts to the European trends and is focusing on more green, environmentally friendly, products and solutions, says Jaume Roquet, site director at Delphi Technologies Iasi.
“Nevertheless, most companies are facing real challenges due to fiscal instability, frequent changes of legislation and more and more delays in developing and adequate road and railway infrastructure,” he tells Automotive Today.
Delphi Technologies PLC launched as a standalone powertrain and aftermarket company in December 2017. Currently, all global operations are focused on three main business segments: Gasoline Direct Injection Pumps (GDi), Power Electronics and injection systems for Commercial Vehicles.
In Romania, Delphi Technologies operates a single production site in Iasi, following a total investment of 300 million Euro. Here it manufactures high pressure pumps (petrol/diesel) and injectors for the automotive industry. Products made in Iasi are installed on more than ten million vehicles worldwide.
“Our site from Iasi is the biggest one of Delphi Technologies, gathering over 3.000 employees,” says Roquet. “All investments made in Iasi have developed this location into an integrated production site, being able to comply with the highest customers’ expectations in terms of quality and short delivery terms. At local level, Delphi Technologies Iasi is the biggest company, largest employer and biggest exporter of Iasi County.”
Edward Mandic, vice president and chief information officer at Delphi Technologies, adds that the global IT shared service centre in Bucharest is a key element for the “digital journey at Delphi Technologies”.
“Besides operating the company’s ERP, financial backbone systems and global application landscape, we are continuously increasing our cyber security capabilities to protect enterprise assets and proactively drive operational excellence,” he tells Automotive Today. “We are extending our capabilities leveraging emerging technologies such as IoT, Robotics, Agile Software Development and AI, where our highly educated IT professionals are driving projects which directly contribute to the top line of the company, at both, revenue as well as margin expansion.”
Jaume Roquet describes Delphi Technologies’ site in Iasi as a success story. “We started to invest here over ten years ago, being one of the first companies from the automotive industry that has seen the potential of the region,” he explains.
“The 300 million Euro invested until now has contributed to the development of the manufacturing opportunities for this location. Today, we look at Delphi Technologies Iasi as the biggest company site worldwide and one of the most important ones with a strategic role in providing the highest and best quality solutions and products for our customers. If we consider the ten million products made in Iasi, we can say that in the last ten years, our colleagues have offered their expertise and commitment to provide the best technical fuel & injection systems for more than several thousand vehicles per day.”
Roquet foresees future development opportunities for Delphi Technologies Iasi according to the market trends but also to the evolution of the Romanian economy and infrastructure.
“For the moment there aren’t any plans in opening new manufacturing sites in Romania,” he adds.
“Delphi Technologies Iasi is performing well and has the capacity to attract new developments. Any decision regarding new production lines will be announced at the right moment. We are investing in developing the existing and future workforce through several intensive training and graduates’ programs. We have dedicated teams of technical trainers who are offering know-how and expertise to the existing employees but also to students from technical faculties which are coming to meet us during internships or fresh graduates’ programs. Nevertheless, there is a lack of workforce especially in entry level positions and the frequent changes of work legislation, is an extra challenge we have to counteract. Without a medium-term predictability, a company cannot start to implement its plans, while the rules are changed during the game.”
Delphi Technologies currently employs more than 100 IT professionals into the office in Bucharest across various IT disciplines and functional towers today.
“We are looking for architects, solution designers, data analysts, service- and program Managers (and more) who can become part of our digital journey and are excited about collaborating with our business partners and suppliers to transform information technology and move the organization to the next level,” Mandic concludes.
Delphi Technologies launches global IT centre in Bucharest
Delphi Technologies, a provider of propulsion solutions to automotive manufacturers has opened its first multidisciplinary global IT centre in Bucharest.
This new site aims at providing information technology services to the company’s technical centres, manufacturing sites and business support functions on a global basis. Bucharest was selected due to its talent pool and is an expansion of the company’s existing Romanian footprint.
“Our new Bucharest global IT centre is a continued commitment to our existing investments in Romania. We are creating a global IT team that will provide a platform to support our company in delivering real value. The Bucharest team will create innovative, technical solutions and services to support more than 20,000 employees across the globe.” said Edward Mandic, vice president and chief information officer at Delphi Technologies.
The office will host up to 150 people who will cover core functions that include IT security and compliance, enterprise architecture, IT operations, enterprise resource planning and global solution delivery.
Delphi Technologies is making material investments in the development of the new facility, which will be phased in by 2022. In Romania, Delphi Technologies operates a single production site in Iasi, following a total investment of 300 million Euro. Here it manufactures high pressure pumps (petrol/diesel) and injectors for the automotive industry. Products made in Iasi are installed on more than ten million vehicles worldwide.
Delphi Technologies is a technology company focused on providing electric vehicle and internal combustion engine propulsion solutions, in addition to solving emissions and fuel economy challenges for the automotive OEMs.