Romania's prime minister Dacian Ciolos has asked Ford to develop and expand its production in Romania.
"Under the law, the Romanian state will offer its full support to consolidate this investment. I believe that the opportunities are greater, and I invited Ford to think about the development and expansion of production with elements of innovative technology related to eco and electric cars, which we saw at their centre of innovation that are the cars of the future," Ciolos said during a visit to Detroit.
According to romania-insider.com, he also invited Ford to get involved in the organisation of vocational education in Romania, for which the government is preparing an appropriate institutional framework.
Ciolos also met with representatives of companies from Michigan that are interested in investing in Romania or are already active in the local market, such as Walbridge, Federal Mogul, Steelcase, Kimball Electronics, Delphi, and Michigan Economic Development Corp.
In an interview with Romania's Digi24, Ford CEO Mark Fields said the automaker was currently in talks with the Romanian government on improving the road and rail infrastructure near the Ford plant in Craiova.
"Today, if we take a look at the factory in Craiova, we see that it operates at a 90% capacity in terms of workforce. We may have other growth opportunities, but we want to be sure that we have the necessary infrastructure, not only for us but also for suppliers," Fields said.
Ford took over the former Daewoo factory in Craiova, Romania, in 2008 and has spent over EUR1bn on operations there. The plant currently produces the B-Max and one-litre EcoBoost engine. In 2015, Ford produced around 48,000 B-Max cars at Craiova, down from more than 52,800 units produced in 2014 and 68,339 cars in 2013.
In March this year, Ford Europe CEO Jim Farley announced the company would spend up to EUR200m to produce the EcoSport small SUV in Romania.