The Trelleborg group will open a new plant in Romania to supply automotive antivibration products from the end of 2006, according to the AFX news agency.

It will employ 200 and generate sales of at least SEK300m (US$37.2m) by the end of 2009. Trelleborg believes there is potential for further growth, saying the plant: "will have the capacity to double this sales figure."

Last March Trelleborg launched operations in China's expansive Shanghai region, Wuxi, to meet increasing demand from Chinese industry.

The Wuxi plant, which has approximately 300 employees, also produces anti-vibration systems, as well as other vehicle components.