A bus chassis factory started operation in Macedonia

MachinesBusinessSouth-East European INDUSTRIAL Мarket - issue 2/2015

A new factory for the production of bus chassis is already operating in Macedonia’s Stip-based industrial zone. The plant of the bus chassis welded elements manufacturer Aktiva Automotive opened 100 jobs and planned construction of new production facilities should open additional 200 jobs, the company announced. The production of the plant will serve the needs of Belgian company Van Hool, based in the Skopje technical-industrial development zone Bunardzik.

At the official opening ceremony of the new plant the Aktiva owner Ilija Nikolov said he was proud to say that the new factory was the first capital investment in the automotive industry. He extended gratitude for the support of Van Hool engineering team in realizing the project. Philip Van Hool, the Belgian company’s CEO, stated the new factory would meet the needs of Van Holl both in (FYR) Macedonia and Belgium.

Aktiva also plans to launch a construction of a plant for manufacturing metal components thus wrapping up the production program for the needs of Belgium’s Van Hool. The company manufactures approximately 1,400 buses and coaches, and as many as 4,000 commercial vehicles annually of which 80 % are exported worldwide, reports the Macedonian government.