Rubber and plastic products manufacturers in Slovenia

MachinesIndustrySouth-East European INDUSTRIAL Мarket - issue 3/2017

The chemical industry is a leading branch of the Slovenian economy and the rubber and plastics manufacturing is among the most advanced segments of this business.

In 2015 the chemical sector generated about EUR 5,3 million sales, which amounted to approximately 21% of the country’s output in the industrial field, according to the report "Landscape of the European Chemical Industry 2017" by Cefic - the European chemical industry council.

The Slovenian chemical sector consists of various domestic and foreign companies, two thirds of which develop activities in the plastic processing area. Most of them are suppliers for the automotive industry, and some of the companies produce industrial and consumer packaging solutions.

The chemical industry has a long-lasting tradition in this Balkan country, and as of today the diversified production of the sector includes: coatings and paints, varnishes, adhesives, pigments, inorganic basic chemicals, consumer chemicals, synthetic fibers, etc.

The companies involved in the rubber processing industry, one of the important pillars of the Slovenian chemical branch, mainly manufacture: tires, rubber belts, environmental protection equipment and rescue products.

Slovenian pharmaceuticals and chemicals consumer products as well as tires find successful market realization in central and south-eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Locally represented household and foreign businesses, renowned in Europe and on global scale, include Helios, Color, Jub, Cinkarna, Julon (Gruppo Bonazzi), Henkel, etc. The only tire producer in Slovenia nowadays is Sava Tires, owned by the Goodyear Dunlop Tires Europe. The company manufactures tires for Sava and other Goodyear brands.

Most contemporary pharmaceutical and chemical companies in the country are constantly investing in high-end technologies and modern processing solutions, which, according to Cefic, help them stay competitive and flexible on the market and "provide customers with the right product on short notice".

Like other Balkan countries, Slovenia has an important and strategic transport and trade location in Europe.

The country’s economy is highly export based, and the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors are responsible for approximately 77% of foreign market sales. The varied export mix of the chemical industry includes: pharmaceuticals, followed by tires and inner tubes for vehicles, plastics, etc.