Leading Companies to Build Several New Productions in Kočevje
Japanese company Yaskawa will build a new plant for the production of bionic components in Kočevje. The Minister of Economic Development and Technology Zdravko Počivalšek together with the representatives of the Japanese corporation signed the respective letter of intent on Monday, 14 May 2018 on behalf of the government. Launching of the new plant will create 200–250 new jobs.
According to unofficial information, we are talking about the construction of a completely new plant for the production of bionic components, both for the needs of the Slovenian robotics plant and for export. According to the same data, the project budget makes from 20 to 30 million euros.
The new plant will be built next to the plant for the production of robotics, the construction of which has been carried out by Yaskawa since autumn 2017. The procedure for amending the existing municipal spatial plan has already been started. In general, launching of two production facilities by the Japanese corporation Yaskawa will create 400–450 new jobs in Kočevje. The initial annual production will be 4,000 robots per year, and later – 6,000 robots per year.
The production facilities in Slovenia will cover 75% of Yaskawa’s market needs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Slovenia will be the key point for the distribution of 25% of robots produced in Japan. In Slovenia, a centre for research and development will also be opened. This investment project is a direct consequence of the Brexit initiative – a procedure for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU. The Japanese corporation, with 14,500 employees and about 3.5 billion euros in annual turnover, has been operating in Slovenia for 20 years.
It should be noted that on Monday, 14 May 2018, in Kočevje, the Prime Minister Miro Cerar and the Minister of Economic Development and Technology Zdravko Pochivalšek also participated in the ceremony of laying the corner stone of the Koles plant construction. This company will open the production of wooden glued systems for the construction of various buildings. The government invested 650 thousand euros in this project. At the first stage, according to the Koles chief manager Slavko Hrženjak, 25 people will be employed. The budget for the first phase of work is 6.5 million euros.
In addition to the Yaskawa Corporation and Koles, the Rotis Company, a manufacturer of tapered cylindrical roller bearings, is also planning to expand its production in Kočevje.
In turn, after purchasing the woodworking enterprise Gozdarstvo Grča, the Chair of the GH Holding board Blaž Miklavčič announced the investment in an automated band sawmill, a wood drying chamber, and a cogeneration wood chips unit. It is assumed that Gozdarstvo Grča will become the largest supplier of semi-finished products made of Slovenian timber. This production is expected to open up to 600 new jobs.