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GENERAL PARTNER

The Republic of Moldova welcomes investment by international companies. Me and my Government strive to improve the conditions for your continued success. During the last years, the automotive sector was one of the fastest growing industries in Moldova. For sure this is a result of our Association Agreement with the EU, an agenda which we commit to further follow and implement. My Government’s comprehensive reform agenda further improved the Moldovan business environment. We are introducing the job subsidies regulation for manufacturing sector, and the new IT park law with 7% unique tax is already in force. Today, we are proud to host many of the key international players in the automotive supplier business. Many of these companies decided to extend their operations, others came as first timers to Moldova. We are keen and committed to pave the way for many more companies. We will do our very best to support our economy’s attractiveness for the European Automotive business.

PAVEL FILIP
Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova

Moldovan Automotive Cluster Days

The performance of a location and its success nationally and internationally strongly depends on the close cooperation of politics, industry, research institutions and universities.

Close cooperation, exchange of experiences, working out common goals and concentrating on their own strengths are the distinctive characteristics of clusters.

Today, innovations are mainly developed in cooperation with others. The difficult part is to find the right and trustworthy partners. Clusters offer outstanding opportunities for this because they create an environment in which proximity, familiarity and support promote cooperation.

,,Automotive Cluster Moldova” (ACM) is the first cluster created in the Republic of Moldova. The initiative to create ACM occurred spontaneously, as a reaction to market requirements and valorisation of interconnections between companies, local and central administration and also research and training institutions, based on the “Triple helix” model.

The Automotive Sector in the Republic of Moldova is a relatively new one, but having the highest dynamic growth thanks to the investments made by well-known foreign companies in this field. The investments attracted in the Automotive Sector and the future ones speak about the development potential of the Automotive Sector, at the same time having a major role in the consolidation of the country’s economic growth potential and raising the industrial performance level.

On the other hand, the investments in this sphere face numerous obstacles and risks, particularly marked by the unprecedented intensification of competition and that is why a cooperation platform between enterprises, by the consolidation of networks of finished products’ suppliers and manufacturers, cutting some costs, modernization, diversification and increasing the quality of production, is necessary to be created including in the Republic of Moldova.

Automotive Cluster Days was designed in order to create a favourable platform for establishing reciprocally advantageous connections between multinational corporations manufacturing automotive components and potential local and international suppliers in the automotive industry.

The connection of local suppliers to transnational corporations (TNCs) shall also contribute to the increase of the number of employments and local skills, technology transfer and capital supply for domestic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Advantages for TNCs:
  • Cutting production costs;
  • Cutting the delivery period;
  • High flexibility – local suppliers are more reactive to customer needs than foreign suppliers;
  • Increased control – “face to face” visits provide an increased control over the quality of goods, etc.
Goals of Automotive Cluster Days:
  • To create a favourable platform for establishing reciprocally advantageous connections between multinational corporations manufacturing automotive components and potential local and international suppliers in the automotive industry;
  • To substitute imports for TCNs that perform investment projects in the Republic of Moldova;
  • To assist TCN in the process of finding suppliers;
  • To increase the competitiveness of SMEs in the automotive industry;
  • To facilitate a high flow of information and technology transfer;
  • To remove technical barriers;
  • To establish new business opportunities;
  • To disseminate the information concerning local suppliers, etc.
Target Audience:
  • Members of the Government:
    – Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova
    – Minister of Economy and Infrastructure
  • Structures responsible for making policies:
    – Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure
    – The Organization for Small and Medium
    Enterprises Sector Development

    – The Investment Agency
  • Representatives of local and foreign private sector:
    – Local companies and investors in the automotive sector;
  • Academic environment:
    – “Alecu Russo” State University of Bălți (USARB)
    – Technical University of Moldova (UTM)
    – “Bogdan Petriceicu Hașdeu” State University (USBPH)
    – Institute for economic reforms and competitiveness (IREC)
    – Engineering College of Strășeni (CI)
    – Academy of Academic Studies of Moldova (ASEM)
  • Mass media:
    – TV stations;
    – Online media;
    – National newspapers and magazines, etc.

Who are we?

The Association of Employers from the Manufacturing Industry (APIP) is a non-commercial, non-governmental, independent and non-political organization, established by the free expression of its members, enterprises whose activity is mainly dealing with the sector of manufacturing industry in the Republic of Moldova and providing related services to this sector.

APIP is one of the most representative associations in the field of manufacturing industry, expressing the interests of manufacturers in this sector, in order to consolidate their efforts for the development of a better business and investment environment in the Republic of Moldova.

APIP aims to promote, to support and to defend, both nationally and internationally, the interests of its members in relations with public authorities, and other third parties.

In order to improve the investment climate and to promote the interests of its members, the APIP activity is focused on the following goals:   

  • To collaborate with the state institutions;
  • To submit and to make lobby on the proposals of legislative, social and administrative measures;
  • To develop and to spread specialized knowledge;
  • To support investments and innovations in this field;
  • To facilitate the interaction of its members with foreign industrial companies;
  • To promote internationally the domestic companies, etc.

During the 5 years of activity, APIP members have come up with a series of initiatives that contributed to the improvement of the investment climate. Therefore, enjoying the Government’s confidence, APIP has been appointed to prepare the Industrialization Strategy for 2019-2030 and the Action Plan for its implementation.

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Pavel FILIP

Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova

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Marin CIOBANU

President of the Association of Employers from the Manufacturing Industry APIP mission.

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Dr. Khaled SNOUBER

Head of European Affairs, Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH, Germany

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Chiril GABURICI

Minister of Economy and Infrastructure

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H.E Mrs. Angela GANNINGER

Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany

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Thomas RUECKER

General Manager of the Institute for Production Organization and Logistics

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Ion TIGHINEANU

Academician, Prime Vice-President of Academy of sciences of Moldova Nanotechnology

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Ion TORNEA

Executive Director of the Association of Employers from the Manufacturing Industry

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Sergiu RABII

ICT Industry Team Leader USAID

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Dona SCOLA

National Expert UNIDO

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Brigitte Andrea NEAGU

EE Purchasing Indirect MaterialsDraexlmaier Group

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Eva SCHINKINGER

CEO Gebauer & Griller

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Uwe RASTEL

Vice President Engineering Fritzmeier Cabin Group

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Ion LUPAN

Head of the Secretariat of the Economic Council to the Prime Minister

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Igor CORMAN

Managing Director of the office of the company “Sumitomo Electric Bordnetze GMBH” in the Republic of Moldova

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Călin BOTEAN

Country Manager of the Foreign Capital Enterprise (ICS) “GG Cables &Wires EE” S.R.L

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Alexandru BORDEIANU

Chief Financial Officer, Draexlmaier Automotive S.r.l;

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Constantin NEDER

Director Coroplast Harness Technology;

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Andrei CRIGAN

Partner at Gateway & Partners

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Herfried SCHNEIDER

Technical University Ilmenau, German

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Oleg MURZAC

Operational Director Automotive Harness Manufacturing

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Roman CROITORI

Managing Director of METCHIMGRUP S.R.L.

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Claudiu PĂDUREAN

Director executiv Cluj Today

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Viorica CERBUŞCA

Founder of NIKA Responsible Business Generation

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Segiu HAREA

President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Moldova

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Viorel BOSTAN

Head of the Technical University of Moldova

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Raisa DOGARU

Director of the National Labour Force Employment

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Tatiana DORMENCO

Vice Administrator of the Free Economic Zone ,,Balti”

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Roberto MENICI

Moldo-Italian Joint Venture FLORIBEL S.R.L.

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Victor IURAȘ

Vice-President of the Board of Directors, BC ,,Moldova-Agroindbank” S.A

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Alexandru COSOVAN

Associate Director, Senior Banker, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

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Maria TERENTIEV

Maria TERENTIEV, Analyst, Advice to Small Businesses European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

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Aureliu CASIAN

Head of the Project Implementation Unit of the World Bank

Competitiveness Enhancement Project

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Oleg PRYMAKOV

Head of the scientific research department on intellectual property issues and innovations marketing

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Ilia KLEIMAN

EuroPlus Investment International GmbH

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Vadim BUBULICI

HR Specialist/Officer personnel Development and Head of Professional Education at Draexlmaier Group

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Sergiu CROITORU

General Manager SGS

CONTACTS

email: event@automotive-cluster.md

tel.: + 373 69888998

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