REFILE-Belgium's Sonaca to open plant in Romania with EBRD loan

lunes 11 de enero de 2016 11:43 GYT

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BUCHAREST Jan 11 (Reuters) - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on Monday it had lent Belgium-based aerospace company Sonaca $8.5 million to build an aircraft component plant in Romania.

The plant, to be located near the Transylvanian city of Cluj, will produce high-tech wing parts for aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus and Embraer.

The EBRD said in a statement Sonaca was committed to contributing to a transfer of skills, knowledge and environmental expertise through the training of local employees. Sonaca employs 2,500 people worldwide.

Matteo Patrone, EBRD's Regional Director for Romania and Bulgaria, said: "Sonaca's new plant will contribute to the sustainable development of the aerospace industry in Romania."

The EBRD has invested 7 billion euros ($7.61 billion) so far in Romania.

According to a 2015 European attractiveness survey conducted by Ernst & Young, Romania ranks sixth in Europe in terms of jobs created by foreign investment. ($1 = 0.9201 euros) (Reporting by Maria Gerth-Niculescu, editing by David Evans)