By Richard Higgs
Sibiu, Romania — Eurofoam is expanding its Romanian manufacturing site at Sibiu with the addition of a new 3,600m² warehouse.
Construction of the new building, which is fully automated and designed to store 30m and 60m flexible PU blocks, was launched in July. Commissioning of the facility is scheduled to take place in March 2016, Eurofoam told UTECH-polyurethane.com.
The warehouse is about 280km (175miles) Northwest of Bucharest and is set to include a state-of-the-art cutting line to convert the long slabstock produced on site into short foam blocks.
The enhanced storage space is expected to improve production efficiency at the Romanian facility while reducing waste and allowing for additional capacity in future, according to Bruno Demol, Eurofoam’s managing director responsible for South Eastern Europe.
According Eurofoam, the Romania project cost “several million euros” and is part of a wider, multi-phase investment programme in the south east of Europe.
The Eurofoam group is a 50:50 joint venture between Austria’s Greiner and the Belgian company Recticel. It highlights its stronger focus on that area of the region, the firm said.
The Sibiu plant supplies PU foam block to customers in Romania but also ships the material to neighbouring Bulgaria.
Eurofoam has six PU foam cutting centres across Romania in Bucharest, Baia Mare, Craiova, Constanta and at Piatra Neamt. Eurofoam Romania has a workforce of 300.
Eurofoam group, with operations in 12 countries in central and eastern Europe, recorded annual turnover in 2014 of EUR385m ($409m)
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