Autoliv to move production from Sweden to Romania
Sweden-based car safety equipment manufacturer Autoliv plans to relocate all production and inflator-related engineering from Vargarda, Sweden to existing locations in Romania and France. This is one of several strategic measures being taken to increase productivity and efficiency within Autoliv Europe, the company said in a press release.
The plan is to relocate the majority of production to Autoliv’s existing facility in Brasov, Romania, and the inflator engineering to existing locations in France and Romania.
The company employs 400 at Vargarda, of whom 150 will be affected by the planned relocation that is expected to be finalized during the first half of 2024. These plans are subject to ongoing union negotiations, Autoliv noted.
Autoliv will maintain an important presence in Vargarda, hosting the company’s global innovation center focusing on research, development and engineering of existing and new products within the mobility safety area.
Autoliv opened its first factory in Romania in 1997 – in the county of Brasov. The company now has ten production plants and two engineering centers in Romania. The company employed 8,581 in Romania as of end-2019, data from the Romanian finance ministry showed.