A senior official with German car parts maker Robert Bosch said it plans to open an office in the Iranian capital, Tehran, by the end of this year.
“We are delighted to be back in Iran. In our quest to pick up speed quickly, we are benefiting first and foremost from re-establishing contact with former local partners and customers,” said Uwe Raschke, Bosch’s management board member responsible for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Reuters reported on Monday.
The auto parts supplier will open an office in Tehran by the end of the current year, he said, adding it also plans to hire 50 staff.
“The country’s potential is tremendous. We expect to see the Iranian economy grow by just under 5 percent this year. The medium term is also highly promising,” Raschke further said.
A number of foreign carmakers, including Renault (RENA.PA), Daimler (DAIGn.DE), Peugeot Citroen (PEUP.PA) and Suzuki Motor Corp (7269.T) have announced plans to re-enter Iran or step up production there after a lasting nuclear deal between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) in July 2015, which took effect on January 16.
(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)