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GF to acquire high pressure diecasting specialist in Romania

GF Automotive, a division of GF, has acquired Eucasting Ro SRL, a high pressure aluminium diecasting specialist with two production sites in Romania. The acquisition follows GF Automotive’s strategy to expand its presence in the growing light metal components business.

Eucasting was founded in 1960 in Italy by the family Mapelli. In 2006, the company started the expansion to Romania with a diecasting foundry in Pitesti, 100km west of Bucharest. Based on a strong customer demand for aluminium castings, a second plant in Scornicesti (around 50km south of Pitesti) was opened in 2010.

With a workforce of approx 500 employees, Eucasting generates a turnover of about CHF 50 million. Sixty per cent of the sales are achieved in the automotive segment followed by lighting solutions and further industrial applications. Closing is anticipated for November 2017. The parties have agreed not to disclose any financial details. 

Yves Serra, CEO GF, states: “We are pleased to welcome Eucasting in the GF family. Both its customer base and its locations complement very well GF Automotive’s and we look forward to supporting its fast development.”

Federica Mapelli, owner of Eucasting Ro SLR, says: “We are excited to become a part of GF Automotive and to plan together the next steps in our development. The strong know-how and the lightweight competences of GF Automotive will increase our options to better serve our existing and new customers.”

GF Automotive is one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers and a technologically pioneering development partner and manufacturer of components for passenger cars, trucks and industrial applications. The division provides casting solutions based on iron, aluminium and magnesium at eleven production plants in Germany, Austria, China and the US.