Renault Purchasing Manager: Renault still believes in Romania, Dacia range to be renewed

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Renault still believes in Romania and we will continue to vigorously invest on this market, Renault Group Romania Purchasing Manager Antoine Aoun declared on Wednesday.

'We're exporting to Romania, India or Brazil. We have a Purchasing Division with an overall size of two billion euros per year, a very transparent one. The supplier network has 130,000 — 150,000 employees working directly or indirectly for Dacia. The 2012 turnover has been 4 billion euros, Renault-Dacia's equivalent of 3 percent of the GDP. Renault still believes in this country, as we have invested one billion euros here since we bought Dacia, and we are not done with it yet. We will go on vigorously, powerfully, and this is an important message for our suppliers. We invite them to come to Romania, because there is business to be done here. We are optimistic for 2014 and for the next years. Romania is a country with skilled people, with state initiatives,' the Renault Group official maintained at a specialized workshop of the 'France — Southeastern Europe' Business Forum.

According to Aoun, the French automaker is already considering a replacement for the Duster model, and generally to a whole new range of Dacia models.

'In 2013, at the end of the year, we have completed the renewal of the whole Logan range with the last Duster, launched in September-October 2013. Today we have a brand new range and we are working on the future range of Sandero. We are also looking for replacements, including for Duster,' he said.

On Tuesday, President Traian Basescu had qualified the low priority of the Pitesti (southern Romania) — Sibiu (center) motorway section as a 'lack of patriotism'; he pointed out that this will lead to the loss of the assembly line of the Dacia plant in Pitesti.

The Ubifrance Economic Mission of the French Embassy in Bucharest has organized on February 11 and 12 the 'France — Southeastern Europe' Business Forum.

The event was attended by representatives of more than 400 companies from 14 countries, turning it into a business exploit.

The companies operate in industries like the infrastructure, transportation, energy, automotive industry, environment protection, agriculture and food industry, e-commerce, IT&C, and medical devices and equipment. AGERPRES

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