German factory GPK has had a groundbreaking ceremony in Zrenjanin that marks the beginning of the construction of their waste container and basket production facility in the Industrial Zone Southeast.
The value of the investment is around EUR 3 million, and the construction should be completed in July next year, whereas the production is planned to begin in August 2020, the Zrenjanin authorities say in a press release.
GPK operates under Berlin-based EKH Group. The company’s owner, Klaus Paul, told the press that one of the reasons they were investing in Zrenjanin was the city’s excellent geostrategic position.
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“The EU member states Hungary and Romania are not for from here, and we have clients in these countries, as well as in Italy. Another reason is the well-qualified workforce in Zrenjanin, and the third reason is the remarkable cooperation with the local self-government and the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina,” he said.
He added that the company produced components for environmental protection and that they wanted to supply the European market from Zrenjanin, while also trying to penetrate the Russian market through Serbia’s connections with that country.
The director of GPK in Zrenjanin, Zoran Sipka, underlined that between 15 to 20 people would be employed in the factory in the initial phase and that a number of employees would considerably increase in the second phase.
“I’d like to thank the Zrenjanin-based company SM Inzenjering for the remarkable cooperation and I hope that we will all meet again here very soon, open the facility and start the production,” Sipka added.
Companies from Italy, Belgium and South Korea operate in the Industrial Zone Southeast, while the Chinese company Shandong Linglong Tire is also building a 500,000-square-metre- factory here.
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