Machining & Metalworking Industry in Slovenia
Slovenia’s machining and metalworking sector holds hope for the future as manufacturers commit to more effcient technology practice and green engineering widely regarded as being near the top of recession-resistant industries.
The machinery must be designed and constructed taking into account the results of the risk assessment. As labour productivity has come into sharper focus than ever before, all major manufacturers are working to upgrade facilities and invest in new projects.
At this point, experience and knowledge of employees give companies an edge through innovative solutions that translate to continuing improvements of manufacturing processes.
The CE conformity marking affxed to the "Made in Slovenia" products speak of a high level of metalworking technology, machine tools and precision engineering found in Slovenia.
The fact that some 50,000 people work in over 2,600 machining and tooling companies explains the progress in the development of modern technologies and their application to a leanmanufacturing environment.
The bulk of workforce is employed in metal forming and metal fabrication working, but in terms of value-added per employee, the companies specialising in car component manufacture and assembly post the best results.
Staff training is highly important as less expensive, faster and more effcient process become the stepping stones to improved competitiveness thanks to research and innovation. Slovenian manufacturers are moving to the fore of the international supply chains as slow stamping-press speeds and frequent die crashes are regarded as not acceptable.
Different educational institutions create knowledge that enhances the productivity and competitiveness of the metals industry, and develop its human resource base. Currently some 3,600 students are enrolled in undergraduate courses for occupations in the machining and metalworking industry. The number of students in secondary schools for metallurgy and mechanical engineering is over 6,600.
An integrated, results-oriented education system providing young people and adults with critical career information resources and the skills they need to make effective educational and career decisions is widely appreciated by employers. Learning foreign languages is not a hobby in Slovenia but a practical business skill playing a crucial role in securing a job and enhancing one’s career. Most people can speak good English and there are many German and Italian speakers.
When forming strategic partnerships, innovating and accessing new customers, the country’s position on the doorstep of the fast-growing markets in central and south-eastern Europe is of key importance. With its cutting-edge technologies, a skilled workforce and high quality products, Slovenia is a hotbed of business opportunity for investors seeking to create a new paradigm in modern machining and tooling industry.
The manufacture of all kinds of fabricated metal products and machined parts accounts for 60.5% of revenue earned in foreign markets and with 3.9 billion euros in exports in 2011, the sector generated over 23% of total Slovenian exports of the manufacturing sector.
The EU Member States remain Slovenia’s biggest market and thanks to the decades of fostering economic links with its neighbours, Slovenia keeps expanding trade with the markets in the region.
The leading Slovenian machining and tooling companies are among the most important foreign investors in the markets of south-eastern Europe (SEE) and it is a clear benefit for their international business partners.
The companies working in the metal forming and metal fabrication industry co-operate in clusters, professional associations, universities, research institutes, supporting fundamental and applied research that address technological barriers facing the industry.
Designers and manufacturers of tools have been at the forefront of the industry providing a platform for toolmaking companies with CAD/CAM/CAE designed and manufactured tooling.
Other companies benefit from comprehensive hi-tech solutions to increase productivity and speed delivery. These are large, as well as medium and small enterprises, well-known in the EU working to specifcations of leading manufacturers in the automotive and aviation industry (Audi, Benteler, BMW, Chrysler, Alfa, Magna, Mercedes, PSA Group, VW), and non-metal industry sectors such as household appliances and IT.
Number of companies: 2,700
Number of employees: 50,800
Revenues (in EUR): 6.4 billion
Exports (in EUR): 3.9 billion
Key export markets: Australia, Austria, Croatia, Czech Rep., France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA
• vehicles and auto parts
• metal fittings and components
• cast and fabricated metal elements
• water turbines and pumps
• various metal products
• metal tools
• truck lifts
• HVAC systems
Leading domestic and foreign-owned companies
Acroni / OAO Koks
Manufacture of basic iron, steel & ferro-alloys
Lifting & handling equipment
Akers Valji Ravne / Akers
Manufacture of specialty tools
Arcont / Containex Container
Croning livarna / Krombach International
Cast steel production and machining
Danfoss Trata / Danfoss International
Industrial machinery & equipment
EMO - Orodjarna
Tools for sheet metal fabrikation, CAD/CAM/CAE designed tools
Farmtech / Komptech
Agriculture & forestry machinery
GKN Driveline Slovenija / G.K.N. Industries
Ball, needle and roller bearings
Tools for sheet metal fabrication, plastics processing and CAD/CAM/CAE designed tools
Aluminium and aluminium-alloy products
Kladivar / Poclain Hydraulics
Kovinar / Fin.Fer
Manufacture of wire products, chain and springs
Metal fittings, tools for sheet metal fabrication, plastics processing and die casting
Kovis - Livarna
Railway locomotives and rolling stock
Lama Avtomatizacija / Titus Tool Company
Furniture fittings, prefabricated systems, tools
Machinery and equipment for the solid wood processing
Casting of steel
Grey and nodular cast iron castings
Complex aluminium and magnesium high-pressure die-cast components and system
Mariborska livarna Maribor / Metalka
Copper, copper alloy and aluminium alloy products
Manufacturing of basic iron, steel & ferro-alloys
Niko / Ring International
Variety of metal products for the use in offices, wood industry, upholstery, building industry and machine manufacture
Palfinger / Palfinger
Cranes, hoists and winches
Preis Sevnica / Jagersberger Gesellschaft
Metal tanks, reservoirs & containers
SIJ - Slovenian Steel Group / OAO Koks
Steel bars for applications in the forging, spring and engineering industries
Skrlj / SK-Group
Winemaking machinery and equipment
Steel bars for applications in the forging, spring and engineering industries
foundry alloys, extrusion ingots, evaporators, castings
Titan / Securidev
Locks & hinges
TKO / Dunes Limited
Components for excavators, bulldozers and loaders
Metal buildings, structures, facade panelling, roofs
Machine and hand tools, forgings and sintered parts
Welding and thermal cutting machines
Yaskawa Ristro / Yaskawa Europe
Wide range of robotic solutions for industrial applications
Source: InvestSlovenia, SPIRIT Slovenia
Photoes: Acroni, ADK, Akers, Arcont, EMO - Orodjarna, Kovinar, LTH ulitki, Preis Sevnica, SIJ - Slovenian Steel Group
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