Great Britain’s Aptiv Packard opens a factory in Leskovac

Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic has officially opened Aptiv Packard’s factory in Leskovac that will produce dlectrical installations for the automotive industry.

The factory should employ about 2,000 people by 2020. 

Vucic said during the opening ceremony that the state supported the investment with EUR 7.5 million, and that otherwise, “it’s questionable whether the company would have decided to invest in Leskovac, or seek another location.” 

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He said that the state would also finance the construction of the gas infrastructure for the plant with 68 million dinars (approximately EUR 570,000) , as well as new electricity connections with 45 million dinars (EUR 380,000). 

“When I said three years ago this would become an industrial zone, everyone laughed and said that I was talking nonsense. Now, there is a production facility of 25,000 square metres that will employ 3,000 people in the next year and a half. This is not the last investment in Leskovac, as we also want to open a research and development centre and boost the salaries and living standard of people living in Leskovac”, says Vucic.

Vucic pointed out that that was the second factory the company has opened in Serbia, the first being in Novi Sad, and announced that there would be a third production facility opening soon in eastern Serbia, but he could not specify the city. 

Tanjug says that the UK-based company has invested EUR 25 million into building the 30,000 square metre complex spanning six hectares of land ceded by the local authorities in Leskovac.

(Nova Ekonomija, 14.01.2019)

Photo credits: Tanjug / RAS Srbija

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