Automotive Component Supplier Opens Manufacturing Plant in Romania

Oct. 25, 2012
IAC's plant will support Ford's launch of the new Ford B-Max.

International Automotive Components (IAC) Group on Tuesday opened a new manufacturing facility in Bals, Romania.

Located in Romania's emerging technology region in the province of Olt, the new site is a green field operation employing approximately 250 people.

The Bals manufacturing plant is IAC's 27th in Europe and joins more than 90 IAC locations around the word.

"This investment represents a key milestone for the company's strategy of profitable growth in the European region," said James Kamsickas, IAC Group CEO.

In June 2012, the IAC Bals plant began production to support Ford Motor Co.s nearby assembly facility in Craiova, approximately 25 kilometers from the IAC facility. The IAC facility produces instrument panels, center consoles, rear doors, front door panels and headliners for Ford's new B-Max compact mini MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle).

The Bals facility is IAC's first manufacturing facility to introduce FastKast, IAC's proprietary A-surface material manufacturing process. FastKast incorporates thermoplastic polyolefin and polyvinyl chloride resins in conjunction with IACs advanced process development, which provides enhanced product quality, improved tactile feel and aesthetics on instrument panels and other interior trim components.

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