„Although I was skeptical about the compound’s resuming activity, now I’m satisfied with what I see. President Mubarak told me, when we met back in 2007, that more than anything else, he wanted us to ship again to Egypt several thousands of tractors.
ere go the first 25. This is a reality today. We all knew that Romania no longer produces tractors, but look that today the first lot of machines is departing for Egypt.
Therefore, when I was invited to come to Brasov again, I put everything aside and I came to see the tractors that are being produced,” said Traian Basescu.
In the opinion of the Romanian head of state, the halt of the tractors manufacturing at the Brasov plant was unjust.
„I remember that the only issue at that time was the financing of production, which the plant was unable to provide. So, the State Assets Capitalization Authority and the Government took hasty decisions regarding the company’s liquidation.
Maybe we should have done then what we are doing now with the financing of the production of certain industrial capacities in crisis times,’ argued the President.
According to Basescu, Romanian agriculture needs 700,000 tractors, and the head of the state voiced hopes that gradually, „as soon as the tractor type currently under production at Roman SA is homologated to also sell on the European market,” the necessary steps for the domestic market will follow.
Roman SA has an initial contract with Egypt under which it should deliver 600 tractors; the first lot of 25 machines will be exported in the following days.
According to the company’s technical manager Carol Rugaci, the contract will be further extended to 3,000 tractors in the coming years, with chances for their number to grow.
The President noted that this is „the same U 650-type tractor” that should be upgraded to comply with stricter pollution requirements and those regarding the cabin, for the machines intended for both the domestic and foreign market.
The Romanian President said that the „tractors that are being shipped to Egypt are those the Egyptian, Iranian and Iraqi markets are already familiar with,’ as the U 650 is the „the most powerful tractor.’
Traian Basescu met with the company management and representatives of the Egyptian company, who conveyed him through Ahmed El Said the message that Egypt „cannot do without the Romania-made tractor.”
‘Romanian tractors are all over the land (in Egypt – Ed. note). Over the years, we acquired 80,000 tractors from the Brasov-based plant. The Romanian tractor is the best and we further want it because is has no Chinese or Indian components,’ said Ahmed El Said.
According to Ahmed El Said, the cooperation of Roman SA with Egypt will continue.
In the next period, orders will be placed for up to 3,000 units and the company will attempt to produce 100 machines a month, said Roman SA technical manager Carol Rugaci.
In November 2008, the management of Roman SA decided to resume the manufacturing of tractors after the company had entered liquidation one year ago, and the almost 1,500 employees of the capacity were dismissed.