Rombat is the leading car battery manufacturer in Romania. Its history began in 1980, when the state-owned company CICM set up a car battery department. In 1991 the company’s name changed to Rombat.
Following a privatisation process, where management and employees became shareholders, the company focused on modernising its manufacturing and products. This lead to it gaining market share every year until 1997, when it became the leader in the Romanian market.
In line with its projects for a greener environment, Rombat decided in 2005 to open Rebat Copsa Mica, a recycling plant for used batteries, and has invested significantly in its processing.
Rombat has shown consistent growth from 234 000 units in 1990 to 2,24 million batteries in 2011. It now ranks 6th in the European Union market, with important Original Equipment Market (OEM) clients and export volumes of 1,4 million batteries a year. The company has 65% of the Romanian market and 53% of the local aftermarket segment. In France it has 10% of the aftermarket segment.
The company produces a wide range of car, truck and other batteries for both local and international markets.
Headquartered in Bistrita, Romania, the company is supported by eleven logistic centres to offer a complete range of services to its customers.
Research and Development receives ongoing attention to consistently increase product performance and quality. Environment, health and security are safeguarded by Integrated Management Certification ISO/TS 16949:2009, ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, and OHSAS 18001:2007.
Most of the products are manufactured using the expanded metal technology for the Pb-Ca grids. Rombat has also developed the EFB (Enhanced Flooded Battery), which meets the high demands of a standard start/stop system for starter batteries.
Rombat is investing 16 million Euros in a new benchmark plant for battery manufacturers, designed to produce AGM-VRLA batteries for micro-hybrid 2 cars. With a global drive towards low-emission engines in the motor vehicle industry, Metair believes that the direction of the industry lies in the combination of diesel particle fuel management systems and Start/Stop battery technology. It is anticipated that 53% of all new vehicles built in 2016 will be equipped with a Start/Stop battery, up from 8% in 2010. Annual demand for these batteries is forecasted to exceed 35 million units with Europe having the largest market globally.
In 2012 Metair Investments, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Metair International Holdings Cooperatief U.A., acquired a 99,1% stake in Rombat.
- Battery distribution networks
- Bistrita & Copsa Mica, Romania