As of October 2014 the mould production activity within Dacia is managed by Eugen Dan Ţirmeş. He replaced Luc Fourichon, who became Process Engineering Director at Renault Technologie Amériques.
Aged 49, Eugen Ţirmeş is a graduate of the Polytechnic University in Bucharest, Department of Machine Building Technology, and has 29 years experience at Dacia, particularly in the vehicle manufacturing activity.
«The mould activity, which is part of the car manufacturing process, is not very well known by the public. The manufacturing process of a car starts with the processing of metal sheet into car body parts. In order to process the sheet into wings or hoods, car factories used moulds installed on the presses in the pressing department. At Dacia Moulds we produce moulds for hoods and hood linings, doors and door caisson hinges, back hoods and their linings, as well as roofs. Dacia is a supplier of dies and moulds for Romania, for the Renault-Nissan Alliance sites in Europe, as well as for Renault or Nissan sites in America or Asia. I met young but experienced people in the Dacia Moulds team, trained in various specific activities for the mould production processes. The Romanian teams' experience was even conveyed abroad, to other Renault sites, through training sessions held at Dacia Moulds, ranging from process design to the actual manufacturing of moulds. Our ambition is to be the best mould supplier for Renault projects, with respect to quality, costs, delivery time, as well as a benchmark for improving standards and for innovation, said Eugen Ţirmeş.
Eugen Ţirmeş started his professional activity at Hidromecanica in Braşov, with the manufacturing of hydro-mechanical elements. In 1991 he joined Dacia, where he held various responsibilities. He was mostly active in the Dacia Vehicle Plant between 1991 - 2011. Ţirmeş held there several positions: chief of the maintenance team, chief of the Pressing workshop, chief of the Pressing department, deputy technical chief of the Pressing department, deputy chief of the Pressing department, coordinating project manager in the Progress Department, chief of the Progress service and deputy chief of the Car Body department. In 2011 he became deputy director of the Mould activity within Dacia, to be appointed director three years later.
About the Dacia Moulds activity
Located in Piteşti, Dacia Moulds is the only mould engineering design and production centre within the Renault Group. Covering a 17,000 m2 area, this unit was fully upgraded starting 2007, with 25 million Euro investments. During this period the workshop area was extended by 60%, new equipment were purchased, the production flow was rearranged and staff benefited from specific trainings. The production capacity increased thus sevenfold and the Dacia Moulds centre became specialised in the design and production of cupping equipment for large car body parts. The mould manufacturing activity makes use of the most recent cupping technologies. Renault Group applies the simultaneous engineering principles to the design of a new vehicle, and Dacia Mould contributes to this by verifying and improving the cupped part feasibility. Through the mould manufacturing activity in Romania Dacia is the only internal supplier of cupping equipment within Renault Group, for almost all their projects worldwide. Renault and Nissan plants in Romania, Morocco, India, Turkey, Slovenia, Argentina, Brazil, France, Spain and Russia were provided or are being provided with equipment designed at Dacia Moulds.