Delphi opens wiring harness assembly plant in Romania

June 10, 2011 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Delphi Automotive is opening a new manufacturing facility at Moldova Noua, in the southwest region of Romania. The site will produce wiring harness modules for vehicle manufacturers across Europe. Employment at the new plant could potentially approach 1,000 by the end of the year.

According to Cristian Gulicska, regional director, Delphi Electrical/Electronic Distribution Systems, Romania East, electrical/electronic distribution systems are comprised of many different modules, each with a specification that is dependent on the content of the vehicle and the options chosen by the consumer.

“These modules are increasingly complex, often with built-in control electronics,” explains Gulicska. “At Moldova Noua, we will focus on manufacturing a range of these customized modules, removing complexity from our other manufacturing operations and allowing for better overall efficiency.”

As part of the first phase of development, the company opened 1,400 square meters of the Moldova Noua facility. During this phase, the manufacturing team is validating processes and gaining valuable production experience. An additional 2,400 square meters of the facility will be opened in September 2011.

Delphi currently operates three plants in Romania, employing more than 10,000 people at facilities that manufacture wiring harnesses and components for high-precision diesel common rail systems.

Many of the systems manufactured by Delphi use the company's innovative lightweight cable, which has a gage size of just 0.13m 2 compared with an industry average of 0.35m2. The company claims that by substantially reducing the size and weight of wiring harnesses, the cable helps vehicle manufacturers improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and improve packaging. The small gage cable also reduces exposure to fluctuating copper prices.

Delphi has operated in Romania since 1997. The company's plants in Sannicolau Mare, Moldova Noua and Ineu produce electrical/electronic distribution systems while its plant in Iasi produces diesel engine management systems.