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Manufacturing and New Suppliers in Eastern Europe

Manufacturing and New Suppliers in Eastern Europe

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What is the situation of Manufacturing and New Suppliers in Eastern Europe? The industrial manufacturing in Emerging Europe continues to attract foreign investment, growth of orders and requests from overseas clients in search for new suppliers. Industrial manufacturing continues to grow in Emerging Europe.

Are you searching for new suppliers in Eastern Europe? Are you looking to identify new vendors in the low-cost-countries in Eastern Europe?

Perhaps the FRD Center team can be of assistance to you. Here are more details for your info: https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2021/03/analysis-of-industrial-manufacturing.html

How to reach the Decision Makers in the local companies producing plastic boxes, cases, crates and similar articles for the conveyance or packing of goods in countries such as Romania, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria etc. in order to obtain their offers for nearshore sourcing?

Are you searching for new suppliers in Eastern Europe? Perhaps the FRD Center team can of assistance to you. Email us at europa@frdcenter.ro for more details.

What is the situation of Manufacturing and New Suppliers in Eastern Europe?

According to Eurostat, in 2020, in Romania were produced plastic boxes, cases, crates etc. worth over 24156 thEUR, while in Lithuania they produced worth over 34274 thEUR and in Czechia, worth over 80203 thEUR.

More details in the FRD Center analysis published at the link: https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2021/11/producing-plastic-boxes-cases-crates.html

In 2020, the Polish production of plastic boxes, cases, crates and similar articles for the conveyance or packing of goods exceded 995217 thEUR while the Hungarian production exceeded 61587 thEUR

How to search and select the most relevant new suppliers in Eastern Europe? Email FRD Center at europa@frdcenter.ro for more details.

How to find the most relevant new suppliers in Romania and Eastern Europe? For more details go to the link: https://www.frdcenter.ro/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/FRD-Center-New-Suppliers-Search-and-Selection-services-Presentation.pdf

Are you interested in the developments and the opportunities presented by the Industrial Manufacturing sector in Emerging Europe? Are you looking outsource part of your production and assembly in Eastern Europe? Email us at europa@frdcenter.ro for more details.

Here are some details for your information: https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2020/07/manufacturing-in-emerging-europe.html

What is the situation of Manufacturing and New Suppliers in Eastern Europe? According to the official statistics monitored by the market entry consulting firm FRD Center, the majority of the countries in Emerging Europe have been registering increases of their industrial manufacturing in the first eight months of 2021. Industrial manufacturing continues to grow in Emerging Europe. More details in the FRD Center analysis published at the link: https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2021/10/industrial-manufacturing-continues-to.html

Are you searching for new suppliers in Eastern Europe?

For example, in Lithuania, between January–August 2021, the industrial production totalled 17.2 bnEUR at current prices and, compared to the same period of 2020, calendar adjusted, increased by 17.2% at constant prices. More details in the Lithuanian Official Statistics portal at https://osp.stat.gov.lt/en/informaciniai-pranesimai?articleId=9214667

What is the situation of Manufacturing and New Suppliers in Eastern Europe? More details in the FRD Center analysis published at the link: https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2021/10/industrial-manufacturing-continues-to.html

As for Romania, in the first eight months of the year, the total output increased by 12.7% YoY. According to the National Statistics Institute, the Romanian production of electric and electronic devices continues growing at robust rates. Other manufacturing sectors, such as construction materials and metallic constructions, maintain on an upward trend.

Are you searching for new suppliers in Eastern Europe?

The Romanian manufacturing industry went up 13.7% and the production and supply of electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning went grew by 12.3%. Y-o-y, in August 2021 the Romanian industrial production (unadjusted data) increased by 3%, as a result of increases in the production and supply of electricity, gas, heat and air conditioning (+ 7.4%), manufacturing industry (+ 2.5%) and the mining and quarrying sector (+ 0.5%). More details on the Romanian Statistics Institute website at the https://insse.ro/cms/en

More details in the FRD Center analysis published at the link: https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2021/10/industrial-manufacturing-continues-to.html

For an example of a FRD Center project to support the identification of New Vendors in Eastern Europe: Metal sheet parts new vendors identification in Eastern Europe for global industrial manufacturing companies please consult the link: https://www.frdcenter.ro/portfolio/metal-sheet-parts-new-vendors-identification/

Are you searching for new suppliers in Eastern Europe?

The FRD Center “demo” report covers various aspects of the Manufacturing in Emerging Europe: Bulgaria, Czech Rep, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey. It is available for free download and consultation at https://www.frdcenter.ro/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Manufacturing-in-Emerging-Europe-A-Multi-country-Market-Research-by-FRD-Center.pdf

Are you looking outsource part of your production and assembly in Eastern Europe? Are you looking for new suppliers in Romania and the region? If you need the FRD Center support and assistance with new suppliers search and selection email us at europa@frdcenter.ro for more details.

Industrial manufacturing continues to grow in Emerging Europe. Are you searching for new suppliers in Eastern Europe?

More details in the FRD Center analysis published at the link: https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2021/10/industrial-manufacturing-continues-to.html

In regards to Slovenia, compared to August 2020, the total value of industrial production in August 2021 was higher by 8.4%. It was higher in manufacturing (by 9.8%) and in electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply (by 1.4%). Compared to August 2019, the total value of the Slovenian industrial production in August 2021 was higher by 5.7%. More details in the Slovenian Statistics Office website at: https://www.stat.si/StatWeb/en/News/Index/9902

For an example of a FRD Center project to support the market development in Eastern Europe of a Scandinavian Metallurgical Group consult the link https://www.frdcenter.ro/portfolio/case-study-fourteen-market-development-scandinavian-metallurgical-firm/

Industrial manufacturing continues to grow in Emerging Europe. The Hungarian industrial production rose by 10.3 % YoY in July 2021, following an increase of 18.6% YoY in the previous month. More details at https://www.ceicdata.com/en/indicator/hungary/industrial-production-index-growth

Are you searching for new suppliers in Eastern Europe?

In August 2021, the volume of industrial production in Hungary grew by 2.6% year-on-year, according to raw data. In the first eight months of the year, Hungarian production output was 15.3% higher than in January-August 2020. More details in the article published at https://bbj.hu/business/industry/manufacturing/industrial-production-up-in-august

More details in the FRD Center analysis published at the link: https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2021/10/industrial-manufacturing-continues-to.html

Here are some more details about the Industrial Manufacturing in Emerging Europe in the COVID19 pandemic at https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2020/09/east-european-manufacturing-sector-is.html and also at https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2020/07/manufacturing-in-emerging-europe.html

According to the Polish Statistics Office GUS, in August 2021, Poland’s industrial production growth expanded 13.2% year-on-year after growing 9.8% y/y in July. More details at the link https://stat.gov.pl/en/topics/industry-construction-fixed-assets/industry/production-of-major-industrial-products-in-august-2021,2,106.html

Are you searching for new suppliers in Eastern Europe?

For an example of a FRD Center project to support an Irish private equity investment fund focusing on renewable energy to identify acquisition targets in Romania, wind farms go to https://www.frdcenter.ro/portfolio/ma-advisory-in-renewable-energy/

Industrial manufacturing continues to grow in Emerging Europe. More details in the FRD Center analysis published at the link: https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2021/10/industrial-manufacturing-continues-to.html

As for Bulgaria, its industrial output rose by 10.8% year-on-year in August, following an annual increase of 8.6% in the previous month, according to the National Statistical Institute (NSI) quoted in the article https://seenews.com/news/bulgarias-industrial-production-grows-108-yy-in-aug-table-756758

Are you searching for new suppliers? Are you looking to identify new vendors in the low-cost-countries in Eastern Europe? Perhaps the FRD Center team can be of assistance to you. Here are more details for your info: https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2021/03/analysis-of-industrial-manufacturing.html

For over 20 years, FRD Center assists important foreign manufacturers identify new suppliers in Eastern Europe. Some of our Clients include General Motors, Marangoni Meccanica, Innovatec, Skeie Seating, PMR Consulting, Enterprise Ireland and others.

Are you searching for new suppliers in Eastern Europe? Email us at europa@frdcenter.ro for more details

Here is the example of a Success Case Study: The FRD Center Client for a recent technology sourcing for automotive OEM project was a major global automotive manufacturer. Their regional office in Eastern Europe, based in Poland, requested FRD Center’s support in identifying and selecting local companies offering specialised complex 3D CAD supported technology manufacturing process in view of sourcing to them certain operations. They hired FRD Center for our services of identification and selection of local technology companies for automotive OEM. More details at https://www.frdcenter.ro/portfolio/technology-sourcing-for-automotive-oem/

Market Opportunity Assessment in Emerging Europe for market expansion to Eastern Europe, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Lithuania Serbia

Market Opportunity Assessment in Emerging Europe

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Are you considering market expansion to Eastern Europe but you are not sure whether there is sufficient market demand for your products or services? Are you looking for professional Market Opportunity Assessment and structured market research in Emerging Europe?

Are you trying to assess, in a professional way, whether your products are correctly priced? Do you want to know who are your competitors in a new market such as Romania, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Serbia or Bulgaria?

Perhaps the FRD Center can be of assistance to you. Email us at europa@frdcenter.ro for more details.

For more than 23 years we have been conducting Market Opportunity Assessment researches in Emerging Europe for our foreign clients.

Such studies include obtaining information from the Decision Makers in the local relevant companies, profiling in detail the local players – potential Customers for you, Competitors of yours already operating in the market etc. – assessing the market demand and the customers preferences etc.

Through mystery shopping techniques, we can obtain prices and offers from the competitors so that our Clients can benchmark their own offer for the local customers.

Other topics of interest include:

  • market dynamics and trends
  • expected market evolution in 3-5 years
  • market barriers and how to overcome them
  • recomendations for the rute to the market

Are you considering market expansion to Eastern Europe but you are not sure whether there is sufficient market demand for your products or services? Are you looking for professional Market Opportunity Assessment in Emerging Europe?

Perhaps the FRD Center can be of assistance to you. Email us at europa@frdcenter.ro for more details.

What are some of the Trade and Investment Opportunities in Romania in 2021?
Romania is one of the most dynamic economies in the region, the 2nd largest market in Central Eastern Europe and a gateway for foreign investors to both the European Union and the Eastern European markets and Russia.

Some key dynamic sectors of the Romanian economy observed by the market entry consulting firm FRD Center include:

BPO, SSC and services outsourcing
Electronic components and PCB manufacturing
Foods and beverages
Agriculture and agro-chemicals
Automotive manufacturing
Building and constructions
Healthcare and medical services
Manufacturing
Delivery and courier services
Pharmaceutical and chemicals production

For more details on the current market opportunities in these sectors, for new entries and developments, market expansion of main players, expectations for 2021 – 2022 consult this link https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2021/03/trade-and-investment-opportunities-in.html

For an example of a Market Opportunity Assessment research project of FRD Center in the Chemical Fertilisers Market sector for a Middle Eastern producer looking to expand to the Eastern Europe and Romania go to the link: https://www.frdcenter.ro/portfolio/chemical-fertilisers-market-opportunity-assessment-in-romania/

Other researches to assess the market opportunity in Eastern Europe for our foreign Clients include:

  • for Finnish company, Piceasoft, in the IT&C and circular economy sector
  • for UK-based market research firm operating at global level looking for Market Research in Agricultural Sector in Romania about the Romanian Chemical Fertilisers Market
  • for Italian BPO group, Comdata, looking to expand to Romania and Bulgaria
  • for Israelian group of private businesspeople looking to expand to the Romanian market of services to the retail sector
  • for the Japanese governmental agency, JETRO, to assess opportunity and demand for specific Japanese services and products in Romania in IT, Foods& beverages etc.
  • for Irish company in precision plastics sector, Tocana Plastics
  • for US company producer of auto lubricants market
  • for Finnish governmental agency, Finpro / Business Finland, to assess specific foods market opportunity in Romania
  • for Spanish company in the logistics digitalization sector, Andamur
  • for Irish group in the soil amendment products industry
  • for Jordanian major player Manaseer Group interested to assess the Romanian and Bulgarian market of liquid fertilisers
  • for Dutch governmental agency to cover the Organic Food Market in Romania

Are you considering market expansion to Eastern Europe but you are not sure whether there is sufficient market demand for your products or services? Are you looking for professional Market Opportunity Assessment in Emerging Europe?

Perhaps the FRD Center can be of assistance to you. Email us at europa@frdcenter.ro for more details.

Romanian manufacturing industry

Industrial manufacturing continues to grow in Emerging Europe

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The industrial manufacturing in Emerging Europe continues to attract foreign investment, growth of orders and requests from overseas clients in search for new suppliers. Industrial manufacturing continues to grow in Emerging Europe.

Are you interested in the developments and the opportunities presented by the Industrial Manufacturing sector in Emerging Europe? Are you looking outsource part of your production and assembly in Eastern Europe? Email us at europa@frdcenter.ro for more details. Here are some details for your information: https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2020/07/manufacturing-in-emerging-europe.html

According to the official statistics monitored by the market entry consulting firm FRD Center, the majority of the countries in Emerging Europe have been registering increases of their industrial manufacturing in the first eight months of 2021. Industrial manufacturing continues to grow in Emerging Europe.

For example, in Lithuania, between January–August 2021, the industrial production totalled 17.2 bnEUR at current prices and, compared to the same period of 2020, calendar adjusted, increased by 17.2% at constant prices. More details in the Lithuanian Official Statistics portal at https://osp.stat.gov.lt/en/informaciniai-pranesimai?articleId=9214667

As for Romania, in the first eight months of the year, the total output increased by 12.7% YoY. According to the National Statistics Institute, the Romanian production of electric and electronic devices continues growing at robust rates. Other manufacturing sectors, such as construction materials and metallic constructions, maintain on an upward trend.

The Romanian manufacturing industry went up 13.7% and the production and supply of electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning went grew by 12.3%. Y-o-y, in August 2021 the Romanian industrial production (unadjusted data) increased by 3%, as a result of increases in the production and supply of electricity, gas, heat and air conditioning (+ 7.4%), manufacturing industry (+ 2.5%) and the mining and quarrying sector (+ 0.5%). More details on the Romanian Statistics Institute website at the https://insse.ro/cms/en

For an example of a FRD Center project to support the identification of New Vendors in Eastern Europe: Metal sheet parts new vendors identification in Eastern Europe for global industrial manufacturing companies please consult the link: https://www.frdcenter.ro/portfolio/metal-sheet-parts-new-vendors-identification/

The FRD Center “demo” report covers various aspects of the Manufacturing in Emerging Europe: Bulgaria, Czech Rep, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey. It is available for free download and consultation at https://www.frdcenter.ro/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Manufacturing-in-Emerging-Europe-A-Multi-country-Market-Research-by-FRD-Center.pdf

Are you looking outsource part of your production and assembly in Eastern Europe? Are you looking for new suppliers in Romania and the region? If you need the FRD Center support and assistance with new suppliers search and selection email us at europa@frdcenter.ro for more details.

Industrial manufacturing continues to grow in Emerging Europe.

In regards to Slovenia, compared to August 2020, the total value of industrial production in August 2021 was higher by 8.4%. It was higher in manufacturing (by 9.8%) and in electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply (by 1.4%). Compared to August 2019, the total value of the Slovenian industrial production in August 2021 was higher by 5.7%. More details in the Slovenian Statistics Office website at: https://www.stat.si/StatWeb/en/News/Index/9902

For an example of a FRD Center project to support the market development in Eastern Europe of a Scandinavian Metallurgical Group consult the link https://www.frdcenter.ro/portfolio/case-study-fourteen-market-development-scandinavian-metallurgical-firm/

Industrial manufacturing continues to grow in Emerging Europe. The Hungarian industrial production rose by 10.3 % YoY in July 2021, following an increase of 18.6% YoY in the previous month. More details at https://www.ceicdata.com/en/indicator/hungary/industrial-production-index-growth

In August 2021, the volume of industrial production in Hungary grew by 2.6% year-on-year, according to raw data. In the first eight months of the year, Hungarian production output was 15.3% higher than in January-August 2020. More details in the article published at https://bbj.hu/business/industry/manufacturing/industrial-production-up-in-august

Here are some more details about the Industrial Manufacturing in Emerging Europe in the COVID19 pandemic at https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2020/09/east-european-manufacturing-sector-is.html and also at https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2020/07/manufacturing-in-emerging-europe.html

According to the Polish Statistics Office GUS, in August 2021, Poland’s industrial production growth expanded 13.2% year-on-year after growing 9.8% y/y in July.  More details at the link https://stat.gov.pl/en/topics/industry-construction-fixed-assets/industry/production-of-major-industrial-products-in-august-2021,2,106.html

For an example of a FRD Center project to support an Irish private equity investment fund focusing on renewable energy to identify acquisition targets in Romania, wind farms go to https://www.frdcenter.ro/portfolio/ma-advisory-in-renewable-energy/

Industrial manufacturing continues to grow in Emerging Europe.

As for Bulgaria, its industrial output rose by 10.8% year-on-year in August, following an annual increase of 8.6% in the previous month, according to the National Statistical Institute (NSI) quoted in the article https://seenews.com/news/bulgarias-industrial-production-grows-108-yy-in-aug-table-756758

Are you searching for new suppliers? Are you looking to identify new vendors in the low-cost-countries in Eastern Europe? Perhaps the FRD Center team can be of assistance to you. Here are more details for your info: https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2021/03/analysis-of-industrial-manufacturing.html

For over 20 years, FRD Center assists important foreign manufacturers identify new suppliers in Eastern Europe. Some of our Clients include General Motors, Marangoni Meccanica, Innovatec and others.

Email us at europa@frdcenter.ro for more details

The FRD Center Client for a recent technology sourcing for automotive OEM project was a major global automotive manufacturer. Their regional office in Eastern Europe, based in Poland, requested FRD Center’s support in identifying and selecting local companies offering specialised complex 3D CAD supported technology manufacturing process in view of sourcing to them certain operations. They hired FRD Center for our services of identification and selection of local technology companies  for automotive OEM. More details at https://www.frdcenter.ro/portfolio/technology-sourcing-for-automotive-oem/

Expansion opportunities in the BPO Sector in Romania and Emerging Europe

Expansion opportunities in the BPO Sector in Romania and Emerging Europe

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How to expand to the Romanian market or to the Emerging European region? Are you a BPO company looking to expand to Eastern Europe? What are the market expansion opportunities in the BPO Sector in Romania and Emerging Europe?

The Romanian BPO sector continues to attract numerous foreign investment, both greenfield and crossborder M&A. Here are some recent examples, identified by the market entry consulting firm FRD Center: https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2021/06/expansion-opportunities-in-bpo-sector.html

Romania is one of the most preferred near-shore locations, capitalizing on the solid education system, with a strong focus on IT, finance and accounting and, therefore, providing a steady, relatively inexpensive and qualitative flow of skilled resources to meet the growing demand of SSC / BPO entities.

According to the Market Research and Market Entry Consulting firm, FRD Center, there are expansion opportunities in the BPO Sector in Romania and Emerging Europe. 

Here is a recent demo study on the Romanian BPO Sector and others in the region: Poland, Czechia, Ukraine and Hungary: https://www.frdcenter.ro/bpo-sector-in-romania-h1-2021-a-demo-sector-overview-by-frd-center/

For in-depth analysis of the BPO players and call-centers in Romania and other markets in Eastern Europe, tailored to your specific needs and requirements, as well as for target origination and M&A assistance, contact the FRD Center team at email: europa@frdcenter.ro

More than 120,000 university graduates per year form the talent pool in Romania. Cultural compatibility and a large scale of foreign language skills, covering English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, Portuguese, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Bulgarian and Russian, provide a competitive edge to the Romanian work force. FRD Center has been assisting foreign companies looking for BPO market expansion and acquisitions in the business process outsourcing sector and has been closely monitoring the activity in the Romanian BPO sector. Here are some facts on Romania that might be of interest to a foreign investor or BPO provider looking to acquire a local player and set up operations in Romania, thus accessing the EU market and other key markets overseas.

For more details consult and download the FRD Center demo report available at this link: https://www.frdcenter.ro/bpo-sector-in-romania-h1-2021-a-demo-sector-overview-by-frd-center/

The Romanian BPO market includes approximately 280 companies that activate in the business services sector, with over 131,000 employees. According to the Association of Business Service Leaders in Romania (ABSL), the revenues generated by the business services industry in Romania are estimated at 4.5 billion EUR in 2020. The business services industry contributes with around 2 – 2.5% to the GDP in Romania. The attrition rate in the business services sector in Romania was 12% by July 2020, with an average of 22% in the past three years. The main cities for the business services industry in Romania are Bucharest, Timisoara, Cluj Napoca, Iasi, Brasov and Sibiu.

The outsourcing sector in Romania is characterised by: – strong IT infrastructure – growing level of automation – relatively good availability of qualified resources – very good language proficiency of both Latin and Germanic tongues – competitive labour costs For more details visit the FRD Center presentation available at this link: http://www.frdcenter.ro/assets/BPO-Sector-Romania-FRD-Center-analysis.pdf

According to the Market Research and Market Entry Consulting firm, FRD Center, there are expansion opportunities in the BPO Sector in Romania and Emerging Europe. 

Computer Generated Solutions (CGS) maintained in 2020 its recruitment pace in Romania despite the pandemic. The BPO player increased its team in Romania with 500 new employees in 2020. CGS signed contracts with new clients or extended projects with the existing ones in 2020, which translated into a significant employment volume. The company invested in a remote network for the entire company to allow its employees to work safely from home.

For more details visit the FRD Center demo report available at this link: https://www.frdcenter.ro/bpo-sector-in-romania-h1-2021-a-demo-sector-overview-by-frd-center/

Wipro leased 11,000 sqm of office space in Globalworth Square, a new office project in northern Bucharest, expected to be finalised in T2 2021. Teleperformance Romania plans to hire 400 – 500 persons who speak foreign languages in 2021. Accenture will continue in 2021 the educational programmes in the IT field, developed and implemented in 2020 for pupils and students across Romania.

According to the FRD Center analysis, some of the most active BPO players operating on the Romanian market are Genpact Romania, Accenture Services, Computer Generated Solutions Romania, Wipro Technologies, Sykes Enterprises Eastern Europe and Comdata Service.

For in-depth analysis of the BPO players and call-centers in Romania and other markets in Eastern Europe, as well as for target origination and M&A assistance, contact the FRD Center team at email: europa@frdcenter.ro

According to an ABSL survey, in mid-March 2020, 98% of the companies in the business services industry in Romania choose the working from home option in order to protect their employees and to ensure the business continuity. 48% of companies that responded to ABSL study will consider a hybrid work system in 2021, 13% of them will continue in the telework system, while 39% of companies believe that in the medium term exclusive telework is not a viable alternative. Although the BPO players in Romania adapted to the new situation, their customers all around the world were affected by the COVID-19 crisis and a lot of projects were put on hold or canceled. Out of the 59 business services companies in Romania which participated at an ABSL survey in 2020, 72% declared a decrease in external or internal demand, due to the global economic crisis. Another important impact of the pandemic is the increase in employees’ retention rate over the past year. The average rate of leavings from companies was 22% for the period 2017 – 2019 and decreased to only 12% between January and July 2020, according to the annual ABSL study.

According to the Market Research and Market Entry Consulting firm, FRD Center, there are expansion opportunities in the BPO Sector in Romania and Emerging Europe. 

Central Eastern Europe, South Eastern Europe and Eastern European countries are globally recognised as strong players in business processes and IT services outsourcing. Numerous multinational companies operating in these sectors choose to expand to the region through the acquisition of local BPO firms. One such example is the FRD Center project briefly described at the link: https://www.frdcenter.ro/portfolio/case-study-three-market-expansion-support-in-bpo-sector/

There are over 1,500 BPO, SSC /GBS, IT and R&D business services centres in Poland, out of which 66% are owned by foreign investors. 95 Fortune Global 500 investors have business services centres in Poland. The value of exports of business services in 2019 from Poland recorded 19.8 billion USD. The share of the business services sector in the GDP in Poland is 3 – 3.5% and growing. The total number of jobs at business services centres in Poland reached 338,000 in Q1 2020, accelerating at a compound annual growth rate of 12.1% during 2016 – 2020. The number is expected to reach 363,000 in Q1 2021.

For more details consult the FRD Center demo study available at this link: https://www.frdcenter.ro/bpo-sector-in-romania-h1-2021-a-demo-sector-overview-by-frd-center/

The total number of employees in the business services sector in Czechia was of 120,000 in 2020 and is expected to grow to 130,000 in 2021. The employment growth was of 5% in 2020, proving the sector adaptability, flexibility and resilience during the pandemic crisis. The employment growth is expected to be of 5% in 2021. Currently there are 330 business services centres in Czechia. The business services centres in Czechia are increasingly becoming hubs of innovation and excellence, 73% of all processes being delivered in the advanced or partner stage in 2020, compared to 68% in 2018.

In spite of being affected by the vicininty with a conflict zone, Ukraine is known as a preferred destination for business service centers, especially for IT outsourcing in Eastern Europe. Some of its competitive advantages include: – low operating costs – large skilled labor force of more than 14 million people – advanced level of education – favorable tax regime, especially for the IT sector It is estimated that 185,000 people are employed in the BPO and outsourcing industry in Ukraine, with an expected growth up to 220,000 by 2022.

For more details download the FRD Center demo study available at this link: https://www.frdcenter.ro/bpo-sector-in-romania-h1-2021-a-demo-sector-overview-by-frd-center/

Hungary is one of the leading international hubs for business services in CEE, due to highly educated workforce, investor friendly business environment and developed infrastructure. There were 131 business services centres in Hungary in 2020 employing 63,892 people. They have the following operational model: – 54% captive – 27% hybrid – 19% BPO Unlike other countries in the region which are focused on IT, Hungarian centers mainly deliver finance and accounting (80%) and HR (40%) processes.

FRD Center assists international companies with overseas expansion, market research, targets origination and market entry to the Emerging Markets in Eastern Europe, CE and SE Europe. Are you a foreign company looking to expand, acquire local players, build strategic partnerships or to find new Clients in Eastern Europe? As one of the pioneer privately owned market entry advisory firms in Romania, operating for 20 years, FRD Center has high competencies in market entry advisory and is quite well placed to assist foreign companies with a multitude of aspects related to new vendor identification & selection, market opportunity assessment, B2B matchmaking with local Decision Makers and M&A in Romania and the region.

For in-depth analysis of the BPO players and call-centers in Romania and other markets in Eastern Europe, as well as for target origination and M&A assistance, contact the FRD Center team at email: europa@frdcenter.ro

What are the Opportunities in the Romanian Agriculture Sector for foreign manufacturers of farm machinery, agricultural equiment, agro-chemicals?

Opportunities in the Romanian Agriculture Sector

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What are the Opportunities in the Romanian Agriculture Sector for foreign manufacturers of farm machinery, agricultural equiment, agro-chemicals?

Are you interested in the opportunities presented by the Romanian agriculture and grain crops? Do you want to contact the local Decision Makers and establish strategic partnerships?

Perhaps the FRD Center – Factor Regional Development Center – can be of assistance to you. Email our team at europa@frdcenter.ro

According to the latest available data, in 2020 the total cultivated surface in Romania was of 8375.7 thousand hectares.

What are the current and expected developments of the Romanian agriculture? Romania is one of the most important agricultural producers in Europe. Market experts estimate that Romania will retain its first place in the European Union in regards to maize and sunflower production, in 2021.

For more details consult the business blog posting by the market research firm, FRD Center, at this link: https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2021/08/record-wheat-crops-for-romanian.html

More than 10,000 new companies with activities in agriculture, forestry and fishing were established in the first half of this year, five times more than in the same period last year, despite the agricultural year 2020, one of the most difficult for Romanian farmers , shows the data from the Trade Register.

In the agricultural year 2021, Romania is expected to register a historical grain production: 34 million tonnes, four times higher than in 2007, the year of joining EU.

What are the Opportunities in the Romanian Agriculture Sector for foreign manufacturers of farm machinery, agricultural equiment, agro-chemicals?

Last year’s drought brought big problems in the Romanian agriculture, especially in the vegetable area, but things have recovered, and the agricultural year 2020-2021 seems to be very good, considering the autumn crops, such as wheat, barley or rape.

The estimated rapeseed production in Romania for the agricultural year 2021 is 1.3 million tons on an area of 390,000 hectares, being one of the best crops in the last five years.

For the wheat crop the estimated Romanian production is of 11 million tons, for the corn crop the estimations are of 15.48 million tons and for the sunflower seed the expected crop is of 3.35 million tons.

The average wheat production is of 5.4 tons / hectare.

What are the Opportunities in the Romanian Agriculture Sector for foreign manufacturers of farm machinery, agricultural equiment, agro-chemicals?

The market entry consulting firm, FRD Center, has been closely monitoring the agriculture sector in Romania for over 20 years, assisting foreign companies and export promotion agencies with market research, market opportunity assessment and B2B matchmaking at decision maker level with local relevant players.

For an example of a demo report analysing the Romanian Agriculture sector published by the market research FRD Center go to the link: http://www.frdcenter.ro/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Romanian-Agriculture-in-2019-FRD-Center-demo-report.pdf

To receive more details customised to your specific requirements email the FRD Center team at europa@frdcenter.ro

Some examples of Romanian importer-distributors of soil improvement products, fertilisers and agricultural chemicals identified by the market entry consulting firm FRD Center are:

Germina: https://germina.ro

Naturevo: http://naturevo.ro

Biochem: https://biochem.ro

Holland Farming Agro: https://www.hollandfarming.ro

Marcoser: https://www.marcoser.ro

Plantagro: http://www.plantagro.ro

Are you looking to establish commercial relations with Romanian specialised importer-distributors of agro chemicals, agricultural machinery and farm equipment? Perhaps the FRD Center could be of assistance to you. Email us at europa@frdcenter.ro for more details.

For more than 20 years, FRD Center facilitates commercial relations between foreign manufacturers, investors, exporters with local key decision makers and provides B2B matchmaking, Trade Missions, Inward Buyer Missions, Roundtables etc.

What is the current situation and expected evolution of the Romanian fruit and vegetables production? How is the output of Romanian apples, plums or walnuts developing? Are the EU funds being used for improving the local cultivation of agricultural products?

For more details consult the business blog posting by the market research firm, FRD Center, at this link: https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2021/05/romanian-fruit-and-vegetables.html

To receive customised market entry support and consulting according to your specific requirements email the FRD Center team at europa@frdcenter.ro

 

How to find suppliers in Romania?

How to find new suppliers in Romania and Eastern Europe?

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Are you a manufacturer looking for new suppliers in Romania and Eastern Europe? Maybe this GUIDE “How to find new suppliers in Romania and Eastern Europe?” provided by the market entry consulting firm, FRD Center, could be useful to you:

https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2020/02/the-frd-center-how-to-find-new.html

Are you facing challenges with your supply process in Asia? Are your Chinese or Indian suppliers not a solution anymore? Are you looking for new vendors closer to home?

Is your company suffering from supply chain disruption due to the COVID19 pandemic?

Email FRD Center at europa@frdcenter.ro or frdcenter@market-entry.ro with your specific requirements and, upon your request, the FRD Center can initiate the “New Suppliers Search & Selection Process” in Romania, Serbia, Poland, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Turkey etc.

How to find new suppliers in Romania and Eastern Europe? How to identify and select the most relevant suppliers in Eastern European low cost countries such as Romania? FRD Center assists foreign companies with their New Vendors Search & Selection needs for twenty years.

For your particular needs contact the FRD Center team at email: FRDCenter@market-entry.ro or Europa@frdcenter.ro

This is the FRD Center “How to find new suppliers in Eastern Europe” Guide available for free download also at

https://www.frdcenter.ro/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/New-Suppliers-Identification-in-Emerging-Europe-A-Nearshore-Sourcing-Guide-by-FRD-Center.pdf

How to find new suppliers in Romania and Eastern Europe? The New Vendors Search & Selection project developed by FRD Center for the foreign Client aims to enable the Client to correctly identify and select local relevant players in the respective Target Groups in markets such as Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Hungary, Turkey, Lithuania etc.

Stage 1: Longlist generation:

The FRD Center activities to be performed in this stage will mainly consist of, but are not limited to:

a) detailed scan and analysis of the players in the local market(s) for identifying potential target companies, according to the criteria and profile provided by the Client.

b) prepare longlist of selected companies and collect data of the target companies matching the given profile.

Details should be, where available / obtainable at this stage:
· year of setting up / established
· sales/ turnover and sales track record / turnover history for the last 3 years
· segments in which the company operates/serves
· types of products they manufacture – from the three categories specified by the Client
· technical capabilities, technologies and machinery used
· raw materials sources
· experience so far, examples of projects
· examples of clients / external partners, if the case
· quality systems in place
· available in-house infrastructure and logistic experience
· number of technical staff
· experience in export
· packaging experience

For more details contact the FRD Center team at email: FRDCenter@market-entry.ro or Europa@frdcenter.ro

For the FRD Center Nearshore Sourcing in Emerging Europe Guide go to https://www.frdcenter.ro/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/New-Suppliers-Identification-in-Emerging-Europe-A-Nearshore-Sourcing-Guide-by-FRD-Center.pdf

Stage 2: Short-listing / Qualification
· The Client will consult the long-lists received from FRD Center and will shortlist the Priority A companies
· Based on the shortlist provided by the Client, FRD Center will proceed to check for potential issues, legal and reputation problems: background check and reputation check of the potential business partners from public sources and from FRD Center’s network of contacts; Eliminate from the short-list those players that return problematic results following this research
· As a next step, FRD Center will contact* at Decision Maker level the Selected Targets and verify their capabilities, expertise, technologies used, their matching with the Client’s criteria
· Those Targets that prove to be qualified, will be further approached* by FRD Center to obtain from them tailored offers and financial quotations as per the Client’s specific requirements
· prepare a report of the companies’ Decision Makers replies and offers
*Note: the communication with the local Targets will be made in confidence, without disclosing the Client’s identity

For your particular needs contact the FRD Center team at email: FRDCenter@market-entry.ro or Europa@frdcenter.ro

Stage 3: Meetings with Decision Makers
· Should the Client so require, FRD Center will contact the interested Decision Makers in companies which provided offers that are satisfactory and set up 1-2-1 meetings for the Client
· Prepare for the Client the profiles of the Companies, the meetings Agenda
· If needed and specifically requested by the Client, a FRD Center Project Manager can accompany and assist the Client during the meetings

For the FRD Center Nearshore Sourcing in Emerging Europe Guide go to https://www.frdcenter.ro/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/New-Suppliers-Identification-in-Emerging-Europe-A-Nearshore-Sourcing-Guide-by-FRD-Center.pdf

Stage 4: Follow up and Pursuit
· Should the Client so require, FRD Center will follow up and pursue the Decision Makers in most relevant local companies until a contract is signed

Throughout the process: Factory inspections
· Should the Client consider it necessary and so require, FRD Center specialists will visit the Target’s production sites in order to inspect the equipments, capabilities etc. and meet with the Decision Makers on behalf of the Client.
· A visit report will follow providing the findings and conclusions

For the The FRD Center “How to” Guide of Business Partners Search in Emerging Europe go to https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-frd-center-how-to-guide-of-business.html

What do you know about Manufacturing in Emerging Europe: Bulgaria, Czech Rep, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey? For more details visit the FRD Center business blog posting and report at the link https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2020/07/manufacturing-in-emerging-europe.html

How to find new suppliers in Romania and Eastern Europe? Are you looking for new suppliers that can manufacture for you in Romania? Are you trying to identify and contact at Decision Maker level local vendors that you could outsource industrial manufacturing or furniture production to?

More details at https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2019/12/identification-and-qualification-of.html

Perhaps the FRD Center can be of assistance to you. Contact us at email: europa@frdcenter.ro

Here are a few examples of completed New Supplier Search and Selection projects by FRD Center:

1 – Search and Selection of providers of complex services in technology manufacturing in Romania: https://www.frdcenter.ro/portfolio/technology-sourcing-for-automotive-oem/

2 – Furniture manufacturers new supplier qualification in Romania for a major Norwegian producer of speciality chairs and furniture: https://www.frdcenter.ro/portfolio/furniture-manufacturers-qualification-in-romania/

3 – Luxury furniture new suppliers qualifications in Romania for Dutch manufacturer: https://www.frdcenter.ro/portfolio/luxury-furniture-new-suppliers-qualifications-in-romania/

4 – Metal sheet parts new vendors identification for global companies: https://www.frdcenter.ro/portfolio/metal-sheet-parts-new-vendors-identification/

How to find qualified furniture producers in Central and South Eastern Europe? Go to https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2018/01/how-to-find-qualified-furniture.html for more details

Where to find the most reliable local players in the metal casting and metal processing sector in Romania?

How to reach metal sheet parts manufacturers in Eastern Europe – new vendors and suppliers for global companies? More details in the FRD Center business blog posting at https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2020/03/metal-sheet-parts-manufacturers-in.html

How is East European manufacturing sector catching up after the COVID19 restrictions? For more details visit the link https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2020/09/east-european-manufacturing-sector-is.html

Who are the main furniture manufacturers in the low cost countries in Eastern Europe? How to contact the players in the Furniture Industry? How to reach the Decision Makers in the the companies manufacturing furniture in the LCCs in Emerging Europe? Why to source in Eastern Europe instead of China or Asia?

For more details visit https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2018/07/how-to-access-qualified-furniture.html

Are you interested to outsource part of your furniture production and assembly in Eastern Europe? What are the opportunities in the Furniture Manufacturing sector in CE and SE Europe? Email us at europa@frdcenter.ro for more details.

Who are the best qualified local manufacturers in CE Europe and SE Europe? How to find qualified local producers in low cost countries in Eastern Europe? Which are the most relevant furniture manufacturers in Poland and in Lithuania? How to find qualified local furniture producers in Romania or in Turkey?

More details at https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2018/12/furniture-manufacturing-in-ce-europe.html

Perhaps the FRD Center can be of assistance to you. Contact us at email: europa@frdcenter.ro

For the FRD Center Nearshore Sourcing in Emerging Europe Guide go to https://www.frdcenter.ro/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/New-Suppliers-Identification-in-Emerging-Europe-A-Nearshore-Sourcing-Guide-by-FRD-Center.pdf

How to identify new suppliers in Eastern European low cost countries? How to reach metal sheet parts manufacturers, metal constructions and machined parts manufacturers in Eastern Europe – new vendors and suppliers for global companies?

How to identify and select the most relevant suppliers in Eastern European low cost countries such as Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Poland, Bulgaria, Turkey or Slovakia? 

For over 20 years, FRD Center assists global companies with their sourcing activities in Romania and other markets in Emerging Europe.

Are you interested to identify new vendors and suppliers in low cost countries in Eastern Europe?

Email FRD Center at europa@frdcenter.ro or frdcenter@market-entry.ro with your specific requirements about how to reach metal parts manufacturers, plastic or furniture producers in Eastern Europe – new vendors and suppliers for global companies.

Recently, FRD Center successfully delivered to our Client, a major multinational group active in industrial manufacturing sector, the selected local manufacturers of metal parts of metal sheets identified by FRD Center in Romania as potential new vendors for such products.This was part of a comprehensive new vendor identification process conducted by the FRD Center in Romania. The Client is a major international provider of car body and powertrain process chains in the automotive industry.
The Client’s Head of Localization & BCC Sourcing approached FRD Center with a request for support services as they were looking for vendor base for their requirements in Eastern Europe.
Similarly, in 2020 and 2021, the FRD Center team, assisted foreign companies from Italy and, respectively, The Netherlands, with the successful identification, selection and contacts at Decision Maker levels of manufacturers in Romania in order to initiate sourcing collaborations for metal constructions, metal machined parts, stainless steel sheets parts and components, integrated assemblies etc.
Are you a manufacturer looking for new suppliers in Romania and Eastern Europe?
Email FRD Center at europa@frdcenter.ro or frdcenter@market-entry.ro with your specific requirements and, upon your request, the FRD Center can initiate the “New Suppliers Search & Selection Process”.
Opportunities in the New Romanian Public Hospitals

Opportunities in the New Romanian Public Hospitals

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FRD Center has identified certain opportunities in the new Romanian public hospitals. The Romanian public healthcare system is currently receiving considerable attention from international investors, such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Investment Bank and the World Bank. Also, funding is available from EU programs and the recently launched National Recovery and Resilience Facility.

Total allocated sum for the period 2021 – 2027 is of approx 4 bnEUR

Due to lack of specific expertise of the Romanian players, foreign companies specialised in hospital design and implementation, are exposed to potential strategic opportunities and should take advantage of the Opportunities in the New Romanian Public Hospitals.

Specific opportunities can be identified and assessed on a specific case-by-case basis, upon demand from the foreign players.

According to the FRD Center information, some of the new hospitals announced to be built with the expected investments in the Romanian public healthcare system include: the Brasov, the Iasi, the Craiova, the Vrancea, the Sibiu and the Cluj Regional Hospitals, each of them with an estimated CAPEX of 500 mEUR, the New facility for pneumology and infections diseases for the Oradea Emergency County Hospital with an estimated CAPEX of 130 mEUR, the Timisoara General Hospital with an estimated CAPEX of approx. 400 mEUR and the Heart Institute ”Prof Dr. CC Iliescu” București with an estimated CAPEX of 165 mEUR.

Digitalization is the main focus of the current Minister of Health, as it is seen as the key to modernize healthcare delivery services. Romanian decision makers in the healthcare sector are fully aware of the need for raising the innovation level. Better cost control in the Romanian healthcare sector is directly related to improving the level of digitalization in the system.

As it results from the FRD Center research, digitalisation of the new hospitals to be built in Romania is a must. Hospital functional design and building automation solutions are being included in the new projects.  Digital health management solutions are being sought locally and internationally. Other market entry Opportunities in the New Romanian Public Hospitals can be identified upon demand.

To successfully enter the Romanian market, a foreign solutions provider or manufacturer of hospital equipment and medical devices is advised to select a local experienced business partner, such as an importer-distributor with good contacts in the market who is experienced in Public Procurement and regularly participates in local tenders.

For over 20 years, FRD Center assists foreign manufacturers and exporters identify and select local business partners, experienced importer-distributors of hospital equipment such as those specified in the document available at this link: https://www.frdcenter.ro/healthcare-sector-in-romania-2021-a-demo-sector-overview-by-frd-center-2/

For some examples of local importer-distributors of hospital equipment operating on the Romanian hospital market go to https://www.frdcenter.ro/healthcare-sector-in-romania-2021-a-demo-sector-overview-by-frd-center-2/

In 2020, Romania imported Instruments and appliances used in medical, surgical, dental or veterinary sciences worth of 341,391.81 thEUR. FRD Center monitors the dynamics of the Romanian imports of hospital equipments and has a solid network of business contacts in the field.

Are you interested to study the medical sector in Romania? To identify the up-coming opportunities in the new hospital projects in Romania? Are you interested to identify the main stakeholders and decision makers? To analyse the local players? Upon demand from Clients, FRD Center researches and analyses the market, generates sector studies according to on the Client’s requirements. Email: europa@frdcenter.ro with your specific request for local support.

The Romanian public procurement system is extensively regulated and subject to constant scrutiny, both from the private sector and public actors; Therefore, the risks and challenges we see are mostly related to establishing an efficient and qualified bid department, able to swiftly identify new opportunities and manage on going processes – more details at  https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2021/07/the-healthcare-sector-in-romania-2021.html 

Some potential partners in the Romanian healthcare market in view of participating in tenders for new hospital projects include local experienced architecture firms, engineering firms, building companies, specialised hospital equipment importers etc.

Are you interested to learn more about the up-coming tenders and stages of the new hospital projects in Romania? Who are the main stakeholders and decision makers? How to reach the relevant local partners – designers, equipment importers – and how to participate in local public procurement tenders? FRD Center is monitoring the healthcare investments in Romania.

Upon demand the FRD Center team can generate information and introductions based on the Client’s requirements. Email: europa@frdcenter.ro with your specific request for local support

Circular Economy and a Sustainable Development in Romania – up-dates from FRD Center

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What are the current activities related to implementing a Circular Economy and Sustainable Development in Romania? What are the challenges and opportunities for Foreign Organisations and Companies interested in Sustainability?

Is implementing a Circular Economy and Sustainable Development in Romania too difficult? What are the expected legislative changes for a better waste collection and recycling, for reducing waste generation in the Romanian industrial sector, in the retail and consumption of the population?

Are there any initiatives to improve the selective waste collection in Romanian cities? What are the expected investments in the Romanian waste management system through the European Recovery and Resilience Facility?

More details in the FRD Center business blog posting at this link: https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2021/08/circular-economy-in-romania-up-dates.html

For more than 20 years, FRD Center has been paying considerable attention to the situation of waste management, collection and recycling in Romania. FRD Center is closely monitoring activities related to sustainability in Romania and Eastern Europe.

More recently, with the increasing interest of the Romanian decision makers and the civil society towards a Circular Economy and a Sustainable Development in Romania, FRD Center – Factor Regional Development Center – has been monitoring the activities and actively taking part in the discussions generated by the parties.

Here is a recent FRD Center sector brief about the “Circular Economy in Romania” available for free download at the link https://www.frdcenter.ro/frd-center-circular-economy-in-romania-2021/
This DEMO report is produced by FRD Center – www.frdcenter.ro – one of the pioneer privately owned independent market entry consulting firms in Emerging Europe as a promotional document.
Since 2000, FRD Center offers upon demand opportunity assessment, new business partners identification and selection services, market research and intelligence, new leads generation, B2B matchmaking, target origination and M&A consulting services to foreign companies and organisations interested to enter Romania and the emerging markets in Europe as exporters, consultants, investors or joint-ventures, to relocate their operations, to find new vendors or to source in CE, SE and Eastern Europe.
What are the measures towards a sustainable development that are being taken in Romania?
Recently, Jackie Bojor, one of the Founding Partners in FRD Center, had the opportunity to discuss with relevant key opinion leaders in Romania such as

Simina Lakatos, President of IRCEM – Institute for Research in Circular Economy and Environment “Ernest Lupan”

Georgiana Dragomir, Executive Director of Cleantech Romania
Vasile Lazăr, Principal Sustainability Consultant (EMEA) of Environmental Strategies LLC
Alin Tiplic, Manager of Waste Digital Revolution
FRD Center is monitoring the market opportunities in Romania and other markets in CE Europe, Eastern Europe and SE Europe.
Upon demand, FRD Center identifies and selects the local players according to the Client’s criteria, provides In-Depth Analysis and Traget Origination services.
 
For over 20 years, FRD Center facilitates commercial relations between foreign producers, investors, exporters with local key decision makers and provides B2B matchmaking at Decision Maker level, Market Research etc.
 
Email: europa@frdcenter.ro with your specific demand for local support
The questions that the FRD Center guests answered are:
 
1. What were the most important events related to the Circular Economy in Romania in 2020?
Georgiana Dragomir:
In 2020, it was a period of reorganization and rethinking the business strategy for all the companies. In terms of events happening in this period, due to general medical and economic situation, their number decreased. The topic of circular economy is starting to become increasingly interesting for strategists on business level, but in Romania we are making now the first steps in this direction. The number of experts in the field of circular economy is still reduced due to the large spectrum of expertise (business strategy, legal, financial, operational and change management) that one should have in order to understand and implement the concept of circular economy. As a result the number of important events on the topic was reduced also, as well the level of information on the topic and clear strategies or study cases.
2. What events / changes are announced for 2021-2022 and how will they affect the Circular Economy in Romania?
Simina Lakatos:
First of all, we have to mention that starting with 2021, due to the collaboration between IRCEM and the Government’s Sustainable Development Department, Romania will have its first Strategy for Circular Economy – ROCES 2030. The draft strategy is currently being publically debated and after this stage the implementation of the strategic objectives will follow. The existence of such a document, which comprehensively addresses the essential elements of the circular economy (waste recovery, circular bussines models, public green acquisitions, etc.) is crucial for obtaining financial funding for circular economy projects and  also for monitoring the progress of the transition to a circular economy through specific and measurable objectives.
Another important event expected is the approval of the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism (MRR), which is the mainstay of #NextGenerationEU, a temporary financial instrument with the main purpose of providing support to Member States to meet the challenges posed by the Covid Crisis19 and its economic consequences. The first pillar of this plan, the Green Transition has a special section dedicated to Waste Management and Circular Economy, through which it will be possible to obtain financing and support for projects aimed at facilitating the transition towards a circular economy (e.g.: the inclusion in the economic circuit of secondary raw materials derived from materials recovered from the population in the form of waste, the development and implementation of the guarantee-return system for packaging, including the acquisition of hardware and software infrastructure., investments in aerobic storage, management and composting systems, etc).
Georgiana Dragomir:
The main change that will appear on the market starting July 2021 is the implementation of the Single Use plastic Directive of EU, that was announced already for a couple of years. The is one of the first important changes in Europe, made under the Circular Economy Strategy of EU. This Directive represents an important change in the mindset of companies and also should become an important step in changing the mind set of the end-user of plastic pack ( bags, delivery  box, etc). Based on our opinion, this can be considered as a pilot project for the rest of the 8 directives that are discussed and will be implemented on EU level in the short-medium term in order to create in 2050 a continent climate-neutral. Based on a analysis made by Cleantech Romania in 2019, the first results for Romania of this directive will be a reorganization of the market of plastic bags and containers producers. The small companies will not be able to keep up with the big ones on technological changes.
More details are available in the FRD Center sector brief about the “Circular Economy in Romania” available for free download at the link https://www.frdcenter.ro/frd-center-circular-economy-in-romania-2021/
3. What are the most pressing issues in the field of recycling in Romania that need to be addressed in the shortest time? How should they be approached and by whom?
Vasile Lazar:
To my best knowledge and experience, recycling is difficult in Romania in both household and industrial/agricultural settings because of a whole set of circumstances particular to Romania. If we would assess the current landscape in waste management in Romania from an environmental risk perspective, it becomes obvious that household or urban waste collection, segregation, and further reuse or recycling generates most challenges.
With the Western eyes, one cannot avoid the sad conclusion that the country is literally filled with all sorts of urban wastes dumped almost everywhere. Causes of this differ from urban to rural areas. In urban areas, selective collection is, in general, technically impossible, esp in condominiums, because of how these collective households are designed.
What is then surprising is that even when separate bins are provided and people put different wastes into different bins, still the public service operators come and mix those wastes into one single truck, then segregate them again in the sorting stations at the waste dump. In rural areas, the key cause of littering is lack of willingness to pay for these services, and there it is impossible to collect them separately, again because it will incur extra costs and will make fees prohibitive. More enforcement is needed, I think, and re-organizing these services at regional levels so that it would allow fees being averaged at a convenient level for the citizen.
An additional problem that touches both domestic and industrial wastes is that we literally have very few waste recycling operators. Most are focusing on those waste streams where subsidies exist or where the generator pays for their collection because is a business/financial driver to do so.
Simina Lakatos:
The level of recycling, considering all the recycling loops, remains extremely low in Romania, and the negative evolution raises numerous challenges. Recycling is 5 times lower than the European average according to Eurostat. In a context where raw materials are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive, recycling only 13% of waste generated in Romania means wasting valuable resources available.
The main challenge is to adress the gap between the results of waste management (waste containing convertible materials in accordance with the development stage of solutions and technologies) and their effective reintroduction into new products. The establishment of a market for convertible waste, and a transparent and dynamic market for secondary materials are paramount tasks that should be carried out by the government in collaboration with the private sector.
Another pressing issue is the revision of regulations on the reuse and recycling of textiles in order to be able to create a market for sustainable and circular textiles.
More details are available in the FRD Center sector brief about the “Circular Economy in Romania” available for free download at the link https://www.frdcenter.ro/frd-center-circular-economy-in-romania-2021/
4. How is Romania doing in comparison with other EU countries in regards to implementing a Circular Economy?
Alin Tiplic:
Romania’s performance in implementing the principles and regulations of circular economy is pretty poor compared with the other EU countries that have a tradition in this sense and have put lot of efforts into improving the performance. The efforts consist of setting forth a regulatory framework that encourages companies to build circular business models (both in terms of incentives and penalties), doubled by awareness raising campaigns meant to change people mindset about healthy circular consumption habits.
Unfortunately the very low separate waste collection and recycling rates put us among the last countries in Europe in this area and the circular economy strategies and regulations remain only on paper, with no significant implementation tangible results. The isolated efforts of companies on bringing a positive impact on circularity cannot compensate the lack of initiative of the competent authorities or the poor regulation.
Georgiana Dragomir:
Circular Economy is making the first steps at the EU level. We, in Romania, are trying to keep up with this new strategies and the EU vision. Because it is still a beginning for all Europeans, we can say it is still an equilibrium between Romania and rest of the countries. That is why we should start moving from policy point of view in this direction, in order not to lose the opportunity of creating in the country a stable and sustainable system.
More details are available in the FRD Center sector brief about the “Circular Economy in Romania” available for free download at the link https://www.frdcenter.ro/frd-center-circular-economy-in-romania-2021/
5. What are the opportunities for a foreign company looking to partner with a Romanian firm / organisation or expand to Romania, in regards to recycling?
Vasile Lazar:
While political actors, media, and NGOs are thinking the current landscape in waste management in Romania is disheartening, as a consultant I see all these apparently negative things as business opportunities. There are many areas of opportunity to consider in the waste management sector in Romania, and many of them are available in relation to industrial or major agricultural companies, mostly private.
Our clients in the private sector in Romania are permanently asking for our support in identifying and negotiating with waste management service providers (recycling, re-use, dismantling, disposal, energy-from-waste, waste-to-resource) especially when it comes to special wastes. Same is valid for large-scale farming, where little to no options exist on the market for those waste streams.
Georgiana Dragomir:
Circular Economy is about partnership. Romania need now organizations from abroad that can bring knowledge, investment, technology. As a result, I consider that the idea of partnership for foreign companies will be more than attractive for Romanians. In terms of expertise, as I mentioned, there are very few persons/companies in Romania. In terms of interest some of the companies, especially FMCG sector is starting to approach the subject to think on potential strategies for development. The number of companies will increase a lot in the next period of time 2021-2022.
More details are available in the FRD Center sector brief about the “Circular Economy in Romania” available for free download at the link https://www.frdcenter.ro/frd-center-circular-economy-in-romania-2021/
6. What is the importance of having a digitally advanced waste management and recycling system? 
Alin Tiplic:
Digitalization is essential for achieving an increased level of transparency and for the improvement of the operational performance indicators of the parties involved.
Our company (WASTE DIGITAL REVOLUTION) – as the name clearly states – aims to contribute towards the evolution of the waste management practices undertaken in our country through advanced and affordable digital instruments meant to bring the operations one step closer to the future. We are the official partner in Romania of Evreka, a leading SaaS company providing intelligent solutions designed for waste management activities across the globe.
We provide integrated software and hardware solutions tailored for waste management sector
For additional in-sights from these experts as well as for other information regarding the activities supporting and promoting a Circular Economy in Romania, go to the link https://www.frdcenter.ro/frd-center-circular-economy-in-romania-2021/
Are you interested to learn more about the opportunities in the Romanian Circular Market? Who are the main players and decision makers?
 
How to reach the relevant local partners and how to present your products / services to them?
FRD Center is monitoring the waste management and recycling activities in Romania. Upon demand can generate information and introductions based on the Client’s requirements.
Email: europa@frdcenter.ro with your specific request for local support
Two of the most important events related to the Circular Economy in Romania in 2020 were the Circular Economy Forum where the effects of the European Green Deal for Romania were discussed and the adoption of Law 181/2020 on biodegradable waste.
In 2021, the business magazine The Diplomat Bucharest organised the first edition of  the“The Circular Economy Roadmap 2021”online event, followed by the “Sustainability in Business” conference and Sustainability Awards Gala.
During 30 – 31 March 2021, the digital platform dedicated to environmental education Guerilla Verde organised in partnerships with institutional and non-governmental partners the Forum of Circular Economy.
In June 2021, the non-profit organisation Romania Green Building Council organised the webinar “Sustainable Interior Design in the Context of the Circular Economy”.
In June 2021, The Romanian Departament for Sustainable Development and the Embassy of Finland in Bucharest, together with Business Finland,  organised the webinar “Towards Circular Economy: Finnish and Romanian experiences”
Speakers included representatives of Romanian and Finnish companies and organisations such as:
IRCEM – The Institute for Circular Economy and Environment
RoGBC
Other organisations relevant for the Romanian advancement towards a Circular Economy include:
The National Center for Sustainable Production and Consumption promotes sustainable production and consumption by adopting and implementing eco-innovative methods, in particular streamlining the consumption of resources and clean production, in all economic sectors.
The Embassy of Sustainability is a program of the Romania Sustainable Coalition Association, initiated after an idea of The CSR Agency team. The program is financed by the Founding Partner – Kaufland Romania and by the Platinum Partners HeidelbergCement Romania and Lidl Romania.
Also, FRD Center organises for the foreign Clients showcasing of their products, roundtables with KOLs and sector experts, store guided visits etc.
Through component 3 – Waste Management, the Romanian Resilience and Recovery Plan, approved by the EU, addresses challenges through a reform and 3 main investment lines. The proposed total budget: 1.2 billion euros to be invested also in improving governance in the field of waste management in order to accelerate transition to the circular economy
Investments from the Romanian RRP:
I.1 Development, modernization and completion of municipal integrated waste management systems
at county level or at city / commune level.
I.2 Development of infrastructure for manure and other compostable agricultural waste management.
I.3 Development of technical capacity and skills in the field of circular economy and climate at the level of central and local public institutions.
Romania’s main challenge is to reach the preparation targets for waste reuse and recycling. For example, on 11% of the municipal waste was recycled in 2019, according to the latest available data, compared to the target of 55% provided for 2025 in the circular economy package – PEC).
More details are available in the FRD Center sector brief about the “Circular Economy in Romania” available for free download at the link https://www.frdcenter.ro/frd-center-circular-economy-in-romania-2021/
Are you looking to obtain up-to-date info about the Romanian Circular Market?
About the activities, the main players and decision makers?
 
How to reach the relevant local partners and how to present your products / services to them?
FRD Center is monitoring Romania’s transition towards a green economy. Upon demand can generate information and introductions based on the Client’s requirements.
Email: europa@frdcenter.ro with your specific request for local support
Romanian Food Market - potential new opportunities during the COVID19 pandemic

Romanian Food Market – potential new opportunities during the COVID19 pandemic

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What are the opportunities for exporting foods and beverages to Romania during the COVID19 pandemic? How to approach the Decision Makers in the Romanian Foods and Beverages Market? Romanian Food Market potential new opportunities.

Here are some useful info provided by the market entry consulting firm FRD Center in the demo report “The Food Market in Romania 2021”.

Do you know that Romania is one of the most dynamic markets in the EU? With a population of almost 20 million, the Romanian economy is expected to grow in 2021 with over 7%.

What do you know about the Food Market in Romania? The Consumption and Preferences of the consumers in regards to dairy, meats, fish, fruit, organic, vegan products.

Who are the most relevant players? The main food retail chains, importer-distributors, processors and producers of foods and beverages in Romania?

What are the food imports in Romania and what are the main countries of origin?

More details in the FRD Center demo report at this link: https://www.frdcenter.ro/romanian-food-market-2021-by-frd-center-2/

For 2021, the revised economic growth forecast for Romania is of 7.4% from 4.2% after strong positive dynamics in Q4 2020 and Q1 2021. Romania is already officialy out of the COVID19 recession.

Romania Private Consumption accounted for 65.5 % of its Nominal GDP in Mar 2021, compared with a ratio of 58.6 % in the previous quarter.

FRD Center is monitoring the market opportunities in Romania and other markets in CE Europe, Eastern Europe and SE Europe. Romanian Food Market potential new opportunities.

Upon demand, FRD Center identifies and selects the local players according to the Client’s criteria, provides In-Depth Analysis and Traget Origination services.

For over 20 years, FRD Center facilitates commercial relations between foreign producers, investors, exporters with local key decision makers and provides B2B matchmaking at Decision Maker level, Market Research etc.

Email: europa@frdcenter.ro 

with your specific demand for local support. More details about the FRD Center recent projects in the F&B sector are available at https://www.frdcenter.ro/frd-center-foods-and-beverages-projects-2021/

Romanians started consuming more healthy products during the pandemic: 38% of them consumed more fresh vegetables, 37% more fresh fruits and 29% more tea and dairy products (yogurt, cheese) compared to other years.

Regarding the products consumed at the main meals, the first position in the top of the foods preferred by Romanians for lunch is occupied by fresh vegetables, these products being chosen by six out of ten respondents. They are followed in the ranking of fresh fruits (29%). Regarding the evening meal, 44% eat vegetables, dairy products (34%), cooked food (26%), fruits (25%) and sweets (20%).

Are you interested to learn more about the opportunities on the Romanian Foods and Beverages Market? Who are the main processors and importer-distributors? For some details consult the FRD Center business blog posting at https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2021/07/romanian-food-market-potential-new.html

More details about how the FRD Center team can be of assistance to you and the recent projects in the F&B sector are available at https://www.frdcenter.ro/frd-center-foods-and-beverages-projects-2021/

How to reach the relevant local partners and decision maker level and how to present your products to them?  Romanian Food Market potential new opportunities

FRD Center is monitoring the foods and beverages market in Romania. Upon demand can generate information and introductions based on the Client’s requirements.

Email: europa@frdcenter.ro with your specific request for local support and also consult the FRD Center business blog posting at https://market-entry-romania.blogspot.com/2021/07/romanian-food-market-potential-new.html

More details in the FRD Center demo report at this link: https://www.frdcenter.ro/romanian-food-market-2021-by-frd-center-2/
During the COVID19 pandemic, fresh meat remained a staple food in the Romanians’ diet. The fresh meat category is extremely dynamic, registering a 10% increase in volume between March 2020 and February 2021 compared to the previous 12 months.

The awareness of the Romanian consumer for a healthier lifestyle increased during the COVID19 pandemic, which also lead to an increase in the consumption of fish and seafoods.

Romanians consume 3.3 million fresh vegetables annually. 20% of the vegetables consumed in Romania come from imports, while the remaining 80% are produced locally.

50% of the fresh fruit on the Romanian market are imported.

9 out of 10 Romanians consumed processed dairy products in 2020 which remains a year of sustained growth for the dairy sector. The focus on a healthy lifestyle, with a focus on functional foods, has resulted in sales 230% higher than in 2019 for the producer “Laptaria cu Caimac”, as an example

For more specific details contact the FRD Center team at email: europa@frdcenter.ro

More details in the FRD Center demo report at this link: https://www.frdcenter.ro/romanian-food-market-2021-by-frd-center-2/

Republica BIO, one of the main players on the market of organic foods and beverages, bio, vegan and natural products in Romania, registered in 2020 a turnover of approx. 1.3 mEUR, double compared with 2019. The projection for 2021 estimates an increase of at least 50%. The number of new customers increased by 75% in 2020 compared to 2019.

The organic foods and beverages categories that recorded the highest sales were food, with an increase of 92% YOY, bee products, by 127%, superfoods, by 97%, and food supplements with 161%.

Some of the most dynamic international food retail chains operating on the Romanian market are Profi, Lidl, Kaufland, Mega Image, Auchan, Carrefour and Penny. Local chains include Annabella, Supermarket La Cocoș, Ovisim and Diana.

In 2020 vs 2019, the sales of Lidl Romania increased more than 31%, Profi registered a growth of over 21% while Carrefour’s sales in Romania went up more than 10%.  Supermarket La Cocoș registered a growth of over 26%.

In the yoghurt market, which registered a growth of 8.5% in 2020, the main players are Albalact, Danone, FrieslandCampina, Muller and Olympus. They have a cumulated market share of 72.3% by value and 62.8% by volume. The rest goes to private labels.

According to the FRD Center analysis based on official data, in 2020 Albalact registered a +11.2% increase in the turnover compared to 2019., while Muller Dairy Ro registered a growth of +17.5%.  Danone Productie si Distributie de Produse Alimentare had a turnover of 131 mEUR, Fabrica de Lapte Brasov SA (Olympus brand) 111.1 mEUR and FrieslandCampina Romania registered a turnover of 97.1 mEUR.

More details in the FRD Center demo report at this link: https://www.frdcenter.ro/romanian-food-market-2021-by-frd-center-2/

Some of the most dynamic Romanian foods and beverages importers include Serpico Trading, Nordic Foods, Agrirom, Deli Food Distribution, Parmafood, Firenze Distribution, De Silva Exclusiv, Interbrands Marketing & Distribution SRL, Aquila Part Prod Com SRL, Macromex SRL, Whiteland Import Export SRL, Elgeka Ferfelis Romania.

According to the FRD Center analysis based on official data, in 2020 Serpico Trading registered a turnover with +13.9% higher than in 2019. Nordic Import Export registered 39.5 mEUR in turnover in 2020 while Agrirom had 48.8 mEUR

Two of the most important fish processors and distributors on the Romanian market are Ocean Fish and Negro2000. According to the FRD Center analysis based on official data, Ocean Fish registered in 2020 a turnover of 35.9 mEUR, +9.4% compared to 2019.

Two of the strongest meat processors and distributors operating on the Romanian foods market are Caroli Foods Group SRL (Campofrio, Caroli brands) and Transavia (Fragedo brand). According to the FRD Center analysis based on official data, in 2020 Caroli Foods Group reached a turnover of 103.5  mEUR

Are you looking to present your products to the Romanian buyers and importer-distributors? Romanian Food Market potential new opportunities

Upon demand from the foreign Clients, FRD Center organises B2B business meetings, Trade Missions, individual introductions to local Decision Makers.
More details about how the FRD Center team can be of assistance to you and the recent projects in the F&B sector are available at https://www.frdcenter.ro/frd-center-foods-and-beverages-projects-2021/
For more specific details contact the FRD Center team at email: europa@frdcenter.ro
More details in the FRD Center demo report at this link: https://www.frdcenter.ro/romanian-food-market-2021-by-frd-center-2/
From the beginning of the year until the end of May 2021, Romania imported food and live animals worth 3.32 billion euros, which represents 8.6% of total imports during the analyzed period. At the same time, compared to the similar period of last year, the value of imports in this category is 10.5% higher, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics.
87% of the fish consumed in Romania is imported
On the first place in the top of the most imported foods, is the pork with imports of 589 million euro
almost half of the bread consumed in Romania is imported, mainly as a frozen pre-cooked bread
In the first five months of this year, imports of beverages and tobacco increased by 8.4% y-t-y
Romania imports a large part of basic foods. Meat, cheese and frozen pastries are among the top foods brought from abroad. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, their value reaches 1.2 billion euros, which is about 15% of the total imports recorded last year. The most imported foods in Romania in 2020 were: Pork (589 mEur), Cheese and curd (263 mEur), Coffee (224 mEur), Chocolate (211 mEur) and Pastries, incl frozen (207 mEur)
Some of the main countries of origin for the foods and beverages imported in Romania are Italy, Spain and France. Romanian Food Market potential new opportunities

As it results from the recent research conducted by FRD Center, the main five countries from which Romania imports fish and seafood are: the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Czechia and Italy

More details in the FRD Center demo report at this link: https://www.frdcenter.ro/romanian-food-market-2021-by-frd-center-2/

Are you interested to study the food and beverages sector in Romania? To identify the up-coming opportunities? Are you interested to get in contact with decision makers? To analyse the local players?

Upon demand from Clients, FRD Center researches and analyses the market, generates sector studies according to on the Client’s requirements.

More details about how the FRD Center team can be of assistance to you and the recent projects in the F&B sector are available at https://www.frdcenter.ro/frd-center-foods-and-beverages-projects-2021/

Email: europa@frdcenter.ro with your specific request for local support

Some of the Governmental Agencies, Trade Promotion Organisations and Commercial Sections of Embassies that have hired the FRD Center services in the foods and beverages sector so far include:

The Royal Dutch Embassy in Romania
The Canadian Embassy in Romania
Camara de Comercio Murcia
The Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) and NLinBusiness
US Embassy Commercial Section

More details at https://www.frdcenter.ro/frd-center-foods-and-beverages-projects-2021/

B2B in Eastern Europe for trade development

B2B in Eastern Europe: potential collaboration for trade development

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Are you a consulting firm involved in international development projects? Here are the FRD Center Market Entry Services (Emerging Markets in Europe: Romania, Poland, Hungary etc.) international B2B matchmaking capabilities, B2B in Eastern Europe for trade development technical assistance projects, in case in any of your current and future international development projects you need to include such.

For example if your local beneficiaries in the respective project would need to develop new markets and contact Romanian importer-distributors or suppliers / buyers in view of export and international trade development.

FACTOR Regional Development Center – FRD Center www.frdcenter.ro – is one of the pioneer market entry and development boutique type consulting firms operating in Central and South Eastern Europe since 2000.

Our consulting services and the B2B in Eastern Europe for trade development enable foreign SMEs and exporters learn about the opportunities on the Romanian market, as well as other markets in the region, and establish strategic connections with local importer-distributors, buyers, retail chains etc.

For more than 20 years we have been assisting foreign Governmental Agencies, International Development Organisations, Commercial Sections of Embassies in Romania with their export promotion programmes through Market Researches, B2B matchmaking and Trade Missions.

More details in the presentation at this link: https://www.frdcenter.ro/frd-center-presentation-2021-govnt-trade-organisations/

As an example, between Sept 2017 and February 2018, we have provided Senior Non-Key Expert (Market Assessment Advisory Services) to International Development Ireland as part of their EU-funded Export Capacity Building for SMEs in Kosovo. FRD Center has been subcontracted by IDI to provide Market Entry Opportunities Assessment and Market Entry Consulting services for Kosovar SMEs in Romania.

Similarly, in 2019, we have been sub-contracted in a USAID-funded project for developing the Serbian fruit-growing and exporting sector, to provide market research regarding the Romanian market and potential opportunities for the Serbian fruit exporters.

Also in 2019, FRD Center has been recognised by the European Commission as a Partner Organisation for EU Gateway | Business Avenues managed by Cardno International.

More details at https://www.eu-gateway.eu/about/partners/factor-regional-development-center

Recently, FRD Center has been invited to tender in a High Value Agriculture Activity Project Funded by USAID Implemented by Chemonics International Inc., USAID Contractor.

In this context, should you envisage similar needs to complement your current capabilities in trade-related technical assistance projects, with a focus to providing you with the local expertise for market expansion / exports to Romania and other markets in the region, such as Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Baltic States, Ukraine, Turkey, the Balcans etc., we would be happy to be included in your d-base of local suppliers of such expertise and support.

Contact the FRD Center team at email: europa@frdcenter.ro
market development; export development; market assessment; opportunity assessment