In September 2005, the German group Kromberg&Schubert will start building a factory in Mediaş (Centru region, Sibiu county). Construction works are expected to be finalised by March 2006. In the initial stage investments will total 10 million. The factory will manufacture special cables, network cables, cables for automotive engine compartments and plastic components. The factory will start off with 1,000 employees; the company hopes to achieve a total workforce of more than 2,000 people in the future. Kromberg&Schubert is a global supplier to the automotive components industry and has over 13,000 employees worldwide. In Romania, the group became operational in 1999, setting up a factory in Timişoara (Vest region, Timis county) which currently employs 2,600 people.