Background: Technology sourcing for automotive OEM

The Challenge:

The FRD Center Client for this 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.

Some of the criteria used for selection were:

  • experience and references in automotive industry
  • own design office with a possibility to design in 3D software
  • has possibilities in mechanical preparation of line components
  • has possibilities in electrical preparation of line components
  • has a production facility to assemble all components to the final configuration and perform all required tests
  • has skills and relevant manpower to install the equipment in a customer facility
  • is able to adjust the tooling to it’s final, required configuration, perform tests and achieve all required parameters
  • has English-speakers in the team

The Solution:

Once we clarified with the Client their objectives, selection criteria and expectations, the FRD Center consultants carried out an extensive search & selection process, identifying, selecting and interviewing local services providers and qualifying those that supplied satisfactory services, references and project portfolios.

Resulting from this project, the Client obtained verified contact details and brief profiles of local 3D CAD technology providers, accompanied by comments and recommendations from the FRD consultants.

The 2nd stage has been the Client’s local visit to Romania and 1-2-1 meetings during visits to the shortlisted local companies.

The FRD Center consultant accompanied the Client to the meetings in cities such as Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, Bacau etc. One of the local players that the FRD Center facilitated strategic business introduction at Decision Maker Level for this Client was Compa Sibiu, one of the most important engineering and industrial manufacturing players in Romania.

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Here is another example of a FRD Center project in which we provided new suppliers search and selection services in the metal sheet parts manufacturing sector at

For more than 20 years, FRD Center assists foreign manufacturers identify local suppliers of engineered parts and components for automotive, oil and gas, energy, transportation etc. in the low cost countries in Eastern Europe such as Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Serbia, Czechia, Slovakia etc. For more details contact us at email

For more details on the New Suppliers Search and Selection process please consult the presentation at the link

The FRD Center New Suppliers Search and Selection presentation is available at this link:

For the The FRD Center “How to find new suppliers in Eastern Europe” Guide go to

For the FRD Center Industrial Manufacturing in Emerging Europe Demo Report go to

More details about Market Expansion opportunities in Romania and Eastern Europe are available in the FRD Center businessblog at

More details about the FRD Center Market Entry Services are available at

What are the opportunities presented by the Romanian industrial manufacturing sector? For more details visit the FRD Center business blog.

For the FRD Center newsletter Automotive Manufacturing Sector in CE and SE Europe H1 2018 available for free download go to

For the The FRD Center “How to” Guide of Business Partners Search in Emerging Europe go to