To be located on approximately 30 hectares in the Aricestii-Rahtivani commune near Ploiesti, in Prahova County, the new manufacturing facility will be the ROCKWOOL Group’s first stone wool factory in Romania. It will build further on the Group’s already solid presence in the country, where it has been active for almost 20 years through its sales representative office in Bucharest.
The factory will be a boost for the local economy as most of the raw materials and logistics services will be sourced from within Romania, and most of the people employed directly and in subcontracting companies will be local. The process of issuing the necessary permits and authorisations has been initiated, and stone wool production is expected to begin in 2019.
Gilles Maria, Senior Vice President in the ROCKWOOL Group comments, “This investment will enable us to better support the Romanian government’s efforts to increase fire safety and energy efficiency in the country’s buildings. We encourage the government to continue working with EU member states on the Fire Information Exchange Platform and other initiatives to further improve fire safety regulations. As the world’s leading manufacturer of non-combustible stone wool products, we look forward to sharing with the government, customers, and other stakeholders the knowledge and expertise we have built up during our 80-year history in making buildings more comfortable, energy efficient, and fire safe”.
Rafael Rodriguez, Managing Director of ROCKWOOL South Europe comments further, “We have been supplying our Romanian customers with high quality insulation products and services for almost 20 years, and when complete, this new factory will allow us to deliver even higher levels of support in Romania as well as nearby countries. We’re excited to become part of the local community in Prahova and Romania, and want to thank the Romanian government, Invest Romania and the authorities in Prahova County and Aricestii Rahtivani for the very good support and collaboration on this investment project”.
Today’s announcement is a follow-up on the ROCKWOOL Group’s 24 February 2017 statement announcing its intention to purchase land for capacity expansion in the United States, Sweden, and Romania.
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