I found out the following quote in an article (“Timișoara, the little Manchester”) wrote by our friend Marius Cosmeanu: 

“We can say that the goods produced in Timișoara have a market in all European states, as well as overseas. Nowadays, the housewife in Germany uses flour produced in Timisoara and the English gentleman wears shoes made in Timisoara. In Romania, bells cast in Timișoara are ringing. Spirit distilled in Timișoara is sold in Turkey, and hats made in Timișoara reach France and Belgium. The Bulgarian child asks for candies made in Timisoara. Russians and Canadians drink palinka, and vehicles manufactured in Timișoara drive on the roads of Serbia. For the carpet made in Asia Minor, wool threads made in Timișoara are also used, in the United States butter from Timișoara is consumed, the Swede uses perfume from Timișoara, and the Egyptian lights his cigarette with matches made in Timișoara” – he wrote with legitimate pride, Jenõ Lendvai, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in the volume about Timiș county from the representative monographic series entitled Magyarország vármegyéi és városai (“Counties and cities of Hungary”).”

The Bega Canal played an important role in the achievement of the above.