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Slovenia Business Week no. 47: Schefenacker Officially Launches Production in Slovenia

SAPS, the Slovenian subsidiary of German auto-equipment maker Schefenacker a new factory on the premises of the defunct textile company Tekstilna tovarna Prebold in the northeast, which it purchased in March

SAPS, the Slovenian subsidiary of German auto-equipment maker Schefenacker, opened on Tuesday, 15 November a new factory on the premises of the defunct textile company Tekstilna tovarna Prebold in the northeast, which it purchased in March.

As SAPS director Robert Grah told the press, the investment is worth EUR 4.5m, and the same amount was needed for the equipment required to upgrade the former textile factory, which went bankrupt a year ago.

The number of employees in the new factory is to increase to 200 within a year, Grah said. The 47 former textile factory workers, who are already employed in SAPS, have been trained in Schefenacker's subsidiaries in Hungary and Germany.

According to Grah, Schefenacker group has decided to start production in Slovenia as expenses in the country are reasonable. He also added that the production is Prebold, which in fact started already on 1 September, is a profitable investment.

"After the company was forced to back out of plans to open the plant in Zagorje, it had to look for another suitable location. Schefenacker did not give up on Slovenia, although it was already considered looking for a location in Hungary," Grah explained.

He also announced the expansion of the company's production, the modernisation of the factory, and the possibility of building the fifth production hall in the near future.

Source: Slovene Press Agency STA

Author: STA