New production sites in SEE Europe

Automation & RoboticsBusinessSouth-East European INDUSTRIAL Мarket - issue 1/2013

KEMET established a new manufacturing plant in Macedonia

KEMET Corporation, a leading manufacturer of tantalum, multilayer ceramic, solid aluminum, plastic film, paper and electrolytic capacitors, announced the grand opening of its new Film facility in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. The facility will allow for a significant reduction in cost while increasing total production capability. "Today’s opening ceremony for this state-of-the-art manufacturing facility marks a major milestone in the restructuring of our Film and Electrolytic business," stated Per Loof, Chief Executive Officer of KEMET. "This facility showcases our resolve in providing quality components to the marketplace and, at the same time, our commitment to our shareholders to operate within a cost structure that allows us to be profitable," continued Loof.

"We could not be more excited about the capabilities this plant will deliver to our Film business. The people of Macedonia have provided tremendous support and proven to be a true partner in this endeavor," stated Chuck Meeks, KEMET’s Executive Vice President, Ceramic, Film and Electrolytic Business Group.

KEMET Electronics Macedonia’s new Film plant is an 11,200 square meter facility featuring 8,600 square meters of manufacturing space, 2,000 square meters of administrative space and 600 square meters of utility area. Construction on the facility was completed in August 2012 with a total investment by KEMET in the amount of 15M EUR.

Sirane expands with new Turkish operation

Sirane has significantly strengthened its global presence with the opening of Sirane Turkey.
Just over 10 years after first opening in Telford, Shropshire, Sirane has opened a second operation in Antalya, a thriving port city on Turkey’s southern coast. Sirane managing director Simon Balderson said: "Turkey has a large population and a large food industry so it is the perfect location for Sirane to open a new base. "It will help Sirane push into Turkey, the Middle East, North Africa and north into Russia and the Ukraine. Antalya’s location as a Mediterranean port close to some of the country’s most fertile food production areas is perfect for us. "Some of our key markets - meat, fruit and vegetables - are also key markets in Turkey, with vast quantities of food being produced and shipped around the region. "Recent innovations, such as our shelf-life extending bags and films, absorbent fruit pads and odour absorbing meat pads, are all products that should be perfect for this region.

"But we’re also looking to introduce other innovations, such as our range of cooking bags, to a whole new market. We’re very excited about the possibilities in the region."

The Turkish operation is based in a purpose-built site in the Antalya Organised Zone at Dosemealti. Sirane Turkey’s operation will eventually replicate that of the UK, offering not only manufacturing but a high level of design and innovation. Sirane Turkey’s managing director is Taskin Oztas. He said: "I am delighted Sirane Turkey has now begun trading. We have now taken on sales staff, and are looking forward to taking Sirane’s innovative food packaging products to new markets.

"Turkey is very proud of its huge food production industry, and Sirane can help Turkish companies export further and further afield with confidence, as well as helping establish the company in regions where Sirane is currently not doing business. "Sirane Turkey will work wherever possible with suppliers in Turkey, and recruit staff locally, so we’re also looking forward to making a difference to the local economy."

Sirane is a highly innovative packaging product development-to-manufacture company based in Telford, Shropshire. It has four divisions: food packaging; medical and healthcare; industrial and horticultural. Specialisms include absorbency and cooking bags.

New factory for production of plumbing fittings and parts in Bulgaria

A factory for production of plumbing fittings and parts is already operating in Kazanlak, Bulgaria. The investment is to the amount of BGN 3 million and is made by the company Wato BG.

The most substantail part of the production is for regulating fittings, which is exclusively specialized. That’s why foreign know-how is used with the right production to be traded at certain markets.

Main part of the investment is through equity funds, as the company plans new investment within the next five years. Wato is founded two year ago, and is a natural successor of Industrial parts in the sphere of shut-off and regulating valves.