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KAEFER Shipbuilding Contracting Becomes FRANCU Romania

KAEFER Shipbuilding Contracting SRL, a subsidiary of the German KAEFER Group in Romania, has been fully acquired by businessman Cătălin Francu, being a Partner and Managing Director since its establishment in 2009. As a result of the transaction completed on October 12, 2023, Cătălin Frâncu has become the sole business owner, which will continue its operations under the name Francu Romania SRL. The decision was made to support the future development vision of the business and Cătălin Frâncu's ambition regarding the role of the company in the marine and energy industries, both locally and internationally. This legal change does not affect ongoing commitments and operations; FRANCU Romania will maintain its existing structure and capabilities. Furthermore, as a testament to the strong relationship and successful partnership with the German group it was a part of, the company will be referred to as preferred supplier and continue to execute projects alongside KAEFER.


Our partnership with the KAEFER Group has proven to be highly successful, and I want to express my gratitude for the productive collaboration over the years. Looking ahead, this acquisition will empower us to enhance the services we provided as part of the KAEFER Group and to broaden our service offerings while upholding our renowned quality standards. Our primary focus is on growth, and we aspire to generate even more job opportunities, both in Romania and internationally. We remain dedicated to fostering our existing client relationships and are enthusiastic about embarking on new collaborations.

- Cătălin Frâncu, Managing Director


Catalin Francu and his team have been valuable partners for KAEFER for many years as part of the KAEFER Group and we look forward to continuing our successful cooperation with them in the future.

- Jürgen Trost, Managing Director of KAEFER Schiffsausbau GmbH in Bremen


KAEFER Shipbuilding Contracting (now known as FRANCU Romania) was founded in 2009 in Galați, Romania, by two Romanian associates in partnership with the German group KAEFER, operating as its subsidiary in the field of Marine and Offshore, as well as Industrial construction. Its services portfolio includes design and engineering, insulation, interior outfitting, floor applications, passive fire protection, stainless steel kitchens, and scaffolding, having an international presence with successful projects completed in Romania, France, Germany, Qatar, Japan, the Netherlands, Finland.

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