Cooper Standard  plans to establish a new manufacturing facility in Craiova, Romania, further expanding its global automotive body sealing and fluid handling businesses.

Chief operating officer Keith Stephenson said: “This is yet another example of Cooper Standard’s strategy to support our global customers as they expand around the world. In addition to initially supporting Ford, our new Romanian operations will offer sealing and fluid handling products to our other global customers.”

The site will house manufacturing operations and offices. At full capacity, the operation is expected to employ over 150 people.

With the addition of this facility, Cooper Standard will operate in 19 countries around the world, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States.