Leading thermoforming line manufacturer ILLIG Maschinenbau GmbH has formally begun work constructing its first machinery assembly plant outside Germany.
In a ceremony early this month, senior executives of the family-owned German company formally laid the foundation stone for this 60,000m2 factory at Şura Mica outside the city of Sibiu in central Romania.
The ground beaking event, attended by local community officials from Sibiu and the site village of Şura Mica, marked the start of the first building phase of ILLIG’s €10m expansion project. Stage one will include production halls and administrative offices.
Heilbronn, Germany-based ILLIG is a global leader in the supply of thermoforming and packaging machinery and tooling. Its new plant is scheduled to be commissioned in 2020, according to the firm.
ILLIG began personnel recruitment prior to its construction launch with some new employees already undergoing initial instruction at the firm’s main plant in Germany.
“In the future, we will be offering 50 qualified jobs for the people of the region after the first construction phase. We have already hired 10 people who are being trained at ILLIG at Heilbronn,” confirmed Mihai Talabă managing director at ILLIG’s Romanian business ILLIG Maschinenbau S.R.L.
The company means to maintain a flow of skilled personnel in Romania and continue training up qualified staff at the new operation. It will take advantage of Romania’s existing vocational training system and has reached a cooperation agreement with nearby Sibiu University.
ILLIG said it will use its machine programme to build thermoforming systems at the Şura Mica facility to enable the firm to meet growing market demand. It will assemble various machines from its range, including its higher output IC-RV 74d thermoforming line.