Autoliv looking to increase its headcount in Romania
The manufacturer of auto safety systems Autoliv Romania, the local subsidiary of the Swedish group Autoliv with global sales of over ten billion USD and 67,000 employees worldwide, is currently recruiting 200 people for its plant in Brasov, according to the County Agency for Employment (AJOFM) Brasov.
Autoliv owns factories in Braşov, Lugoj, Sfântu Gheorghe, Reşiţa, and Oneşti, Bacău county, the latter being opened by Sweden in the first quarter of 2017. Besides the production units of auto components, the company also owns local centres of engineering and development in Brasov, Iaşi, and Timişoara, and also a European centre of IT competences and numerous support functions for Autoliv subsidiaries in Romania and Europe.
The local subsidiary of the Swedish group Autoliv has recently opened an engineering centre in the Palas Iasi mixed-use complex, in the centre of Iasi, Eastern Romania.
Autoliv has signed a partnership with local real estate developer Iulius, which owns the complex. The centre is located in the United Business Centre (UBC), the office buildings of the Palace complex.
The partnership between the two firms began in Timisoara, where, at the beginning of 2017, the local subsidiary of Autoliv relocated its engineering centre to the first of the seven office buildings of the Openville mixed-use project, developed by Iulius.
The engineering centre in Palas Iasi became operational in 2017. The engineers are developing software for Active Safety products, as well as for Passive Safety systems. Autoliv Romania plans to reach over 200 employees in the Iasi centre in the next two to three years.
Autoliv is one of the biggest international investors in the local automotive sector. The group has factories in Brasov, Prejmer, Lugoj, Sfantu Gheorghe, and Resita and engineering centres in Brasov and Timisoara.
As of June 29, 2018, Autoliv completed the spin-off of its electronics segment, now named Veoneer. The new independent company has expanded its engineering centre almost four times in one year since it moved into the Palas Offices.
Veoneer inaugurated the Iasi centre in June 2017, starting from a rented area of 330 square meters in the United Business Centre 6. Then, a team of engineers from Timisoara, where the company is present for 11 years, was relocated to Iasi to support the foundation of the company there.
The company currently has a total area of 1,200 square meters in the Palas Iasi office. Veoneer develops automotive safety systems in its offices in Timisoara and Iasi. The company designs and builds hardware and software for Active Safety, ADAS, autonomous driving, control of fastening systems and braking systems.
Autoliv Romania reported for 2018 a turnover of over four billion RON (860.5 million Euro), more than two percent compared to the previous year. The company made a net profit of about 160.3 million RON (34.5 million Euro) last year, up 42 percent on the previous year, with an average number of 9,403 employees.
The Swedish car group Autoliv opened its first factory in Romania in 1997, where it produces seat belts and airbag systems in Brasov.
(From the print edition)