Bosnian Furniture Producer Goes Digital

Bosnian Furniture Producer Goes Digital

Loan Amount

€ 84,363

Grant amount

€ 12,654

EU Directives met

Directives relating to electrical equipment

Invested in

Fanuc ArcMate 100iD/8L Robot welding system

Since its establishment in 1995 the furniture producer Ingrat doo has journeyed through different phases of development. A clear development strategy and continuous investment in technology and personnel training have placed the company among the leading producers of furniture for public institutions in the Balkan region. Ingrat furniture is produced with a focus on durability and resource efficiency. Raising environmental awareness of employees, and constant education constitute priorities of the company. As environmentally responsible organization, Ingrat introduced ISO 14001 standards in 2021. The factory is specialized in the manufacturing of school furniture. Product ranges include different models of benches and chairs for classrooms, special seating and tables for school laboratories for subjects like Chemistry, Physics and Biology, seating for amphitheaters/auditoriums and furniture for staff rooms, libraries and restaurants. Ingrat’s production programme also offers different types of cabinets, office furniture, shelf systems, café/bar and catering furniture, mostly for public sector institutions. Today, Ingrat has 84 employees, of which 11 are administrative-technical staff and 73 work in the production plant. Production on a 8,000 m2 plot and includes plants for metal processing and manufacturing of furniture. Elevating its strategy of continuous improvement to process digitalization, the company purchased a new robot system/cell for electrical and laser welding. Through this investment, the company expanded its production capacity, increased its productivity and reached a higher rate of product quality and accuracy. All manual welding was replaced by the high precision robotic welding but without loss of workplaces, as the employees received training in operating robot. That means, the workers assigned to the welding process still carry out their work but under greatly enhanced occupational health and safety conditions! With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of standards, including:

  • Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery
  • Directive 2014/35/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the harmonization of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits

The company used the simple LET process, which is a fast-rack access to financing investments by picking pre-approved equipment from a list of eligible technologies. After the successful verification of its investment project, the company received a15% grant cash-back, funded by the European Union.

With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of standards, including:

  • Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery
  • Directive 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control) (Recast)
  • Directive 2008/98/EC on waste
  • Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency

Improving the Quality of Important Medical Services

Improving the Quality of Important Medical Services

Loan Amount

€ 179,975

Grant amount

€ 26,996

EU Directives met

 

Directives relating to environmental protection, H&S requirements and energy efficiency

Invested in

 

Laboratory and treatment equipment

 

PZU Mehmedbasic is one of the leading gynecological centers in the region and it was founded in 1998 and. Mehemdbasic covers the entire spectrum of female health, organized in seven departments: IVF Center, Pregnancy Control Department, Prenatal Diagnostics Department, Gynecology Department, Cervical Treatment Department, Genetic Diagnostics Department and the Biomedical Laboratory. Since 2004, the clinic has its own genetic laboratory, which is the first private laboratory of its kind in BiH and provides amniotic fluid and blood analysis services. In addition to cytogenetics, molecular genetics analyzes based on PCR and DNA sequencing have been introduced, making this a state-of-the-art laboratory for human genetics.

The importance of providing this level of medical services to women in the region cannot be underestimated, as research has shown that the psychological stress experienced by those facing infertility problems is similar to that of people coping with illnesses such as cancer, HIV, and chronic pain. Finding a solution often encompasses the full range of diagnostic and treatment services offered by PZU Mehmedbasic.

To improve the quality and safety of its services provided to patients from Bosnia and the region, and to protect the health and safety of clinic personnel, the company invested new equipment, including a range of laboratory equipment and Olympus microscope IX73, a Hysteroscope together with auxiliary equipment, IVF laboratory equipment and a packaging machine for sterilized instruments.

Apart from enhancing the service quality, the new equipment also allows the clinic to add exploratory hysteroscopy to its range of services.

The company received free technical assistance to optimize its investment project and 15% grant cash-back after the successful project verification, funded by the European Union. 

With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of standards, including:

  • Regulation (EU) 2017/745 on medical devices, amending Directive 2001/83/EC, Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 and Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 and repealing Council
  • Directive 98/79/EC on in vitro diagnostic medical devices

Higher Quality and More Sustainable Production of Consumer Goods

Higher Quality and More Sustainable Production of Consumer Goods

Loan Amount

€ 434,598

Grant amount

€ 65,190

EU Directives met

 

Directives relating to environmental protection, H&S requirements and energy efficiency

Invested in

 

Injection moulding lines and warehouse

Energy Savings and GHG reduction

254 MWh/year

76 t CO2/year

 

 

 

EZ d.o.o. Busovača was founded in 1989 and produces cleaning agents, cosmetics and plastic packaging. The Company sells its products Bosnia and Herzegovina and exports to Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and other markets.

The company has two production facilities, and three distinct but interrelated production programmes. One facility is dedicated to the production of hygiene products (household chemicals) sold under the brand names Tisal, Citral, Glanz, Lilla and DAILY, and to the manufacture of cosmetic products under the brand names Ella and Royal line. The second production site houses injection molding lines for plastic and blown packaging, which is used for the company’s own packaging needs, but which is also sold to other manufacturers (PET, PE, PP). All raw materials used in production are of EU origin and in compliance with EU Directives, which is part of the company’s strategy to safeguarding high product quality.

In 2019, the company initiated a comprehensive upgrade programme, which consisted of two investment projects, and which was completed in 2022. The first project focused on machinery upgrades with a €255,646 investment in a line for production of plugs (pressing process type HSJ-16A), injection mold for PET preforms with 24 nests (ampoules 23-26 grams) and molding tools for PET preform injection 16- well (16-gram ampoules). The purpose of the second investment of €178,952 was the construction of a new 1,700 m2 warehouse and associated electrical installations.

The new equipment, which is fully compliant with relevant EU Directives, substantially increases the product quality and the higher level of automation has a great positive impact on the occupational health and safety of the company’s employees. In addition, the new lines use less energy and less raw materials, both of which are good for the environment.

EZ d.o.o. is ISO and HACCP certified.

The company received free technical assistance to optimize its investment project and 15% grant cash-back after the successful project verification, funded by the European Union. 

With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of standards, including:

  • Directive 2009/125 establishing a framework for the setting of Eco-design requirements for energy-related products (recast)
  • Directive 2014/35/EU on the Harmonization of the Laws of Member States relating to Electrical Equipment Designed for Use within Certain Voltage Limits
  • Directive 89/654/EEC concerning the minimum safety and health requirements for the workplace

The company “Delibasic – Polyurethanes” sets new trends in the sleeping systems industry with new investments

The company “Delibasic – Polyurethanes” sets new trends in the sleeping systems industry with new investments

The Company ‘Delibasic – Polyurethanes d.o.o.’ was founded in 1997 with the aim of producing soft polyurethane (PU) foam for the needs of the furniture industry. In the start-up phase, it employed 5 employees and initially focused on trading with foam products. Due to the growing market demand for PU foams, the company built its own factory for the production of PU foams in 2005. In 2007, its own PU foam production enabled the development of a new production plant and product portfolio, expanding into a wider range of sleeping products. A brand called MojSan (MyDream) was created, and in 2014 the MojSan® mattress factory was opened to serve the market for mattresses and to meet better the growing demand.

Over the last 7 years, the MojSan® brand has achieved a high level of recognition in the market, and has by now become synonymous with “domestically produced and high-quality products” in the segment for sleeping systems. The recognizes four important parties, which have to be constantly satisfied in order to secure the company’s successful development: employees, owners, suppliers and customers.  Ensuring satisfaction of all four parties is the ideal basis and the company’s secret of stable growth and development of business goals. Now, in 2021, the company has three production facilities, 124 employees, seven showrooms, and the company’s products can be found in over 200 partner furniture showrooms across the region.

In our offer we have mattresses, over-mattresses, pillows, bedding, latoflex boards, beds, and other products for the sleeping range.

The business strategy of our brand is aimed at achieving complete customer satisfaction, primarily due to product quality and a professional relationship with customers. From the very beginning, the constant education of our representatives was in the focus of the company’s management with the aim of professional development, recognising and meeting customer needs, thus achieving the effect of customer awareness of the importance of quality sleep. Thanks to satisfied customers, we have achieved the effect that is most important in the work we do, and that is satisfied customers’ recommendation and sharing their positive experiences with our products amongst their friends and acquaintances. With the policy of recommended prices, we have managed to achieve a fair relationship with all our customers, regardless of the method of payment and place of sale. In our own sales channels, products can be purchased through payroll, effectively giving credits to customers through our own funds for up to 12 months without fees. At the same – recommended pricing, which is recognised and appreciated by customers throughout BiH ensures price transparency. From the very beginning, MojSan® products and the pricing policy itself were designed in such a way that we offer a high level of quality for the price paid by the customer. We can truthfully claim that products with this level raw material quality and our bespoke level of workmanship would normally command a significantly higher price with other suppliers that offer the same product quality and characteristics. We manage to offer high quality at a competitive price because we own a foam factory that produces for our end products, as well as the fact that we use the most modern machines in this industry with an emphasis on high productivity – that allowed us to adjust prices to market conditions of BiH.

Together with our partners, guided by our common business interest, we have developed cooperation that can already be characterised as quality in a very short time. This is in fact anchored in all the positive values that the MojSan brand promotes in other markets, and they are reflected in the quality of the products, the sizeable selection, which includes over 93 different sleeping items, modern identity, visualisation and design that we promote, and the superior support we provide to end customers through our partners. All of the above has led to the presence of the MojSan brand in the markets of Croatia, Slovenia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Austria and beyond.

Through the EBRD’s “Bosnia and Herzegovina – Small and Medium Enterprises – Competitiveness Support Programme”, the MojSan® brand has made a significant investment in improving and perfecting the production of mattresses within its own factory in Kakanj. A significant investment in the modernization of the MojSan® mattress production line aims to harmonise its own technological capabilities with new market requirements, but also to set new trends in the sleeping systems industry. The investment of BAM 500,000 means upgrading and creating the necessary conditions that will enable the development of mattresses and bed systems of a new generation. The experience of producing top quality mattresses for more than a decade, with investments in new canvas processing machines, environmentally friendly methods of gluing mattresses, and new product packaging technology, will mean maintaining a leading position in the field of sleeping systems.

The company Delibasic-poliuretani d.o.o. currently employs 124 people. Occupational safety and security is given special importance, following the legislation and internally prescribed procedures. The legal regulations that we regularly implement and/or audit relate to: microclimate testing and physio-chemical harmfulness in summer and winter, regular DDD measuring, testing of means of work and electrical installations, mandatory means of safety at work, regular training of employees for jobs with special conditions and obtaining certificates (e.g., for forklift drivers), education and training for new employees or employees changing jobs, regular working hours, obtaining operating permits for all new equipment we procure – as part of the procurement of new machines and equipment.  Furthermore, special attention is paid to new safety systems (start-stop sensors) to raise the safety of operators and workers passing by machines to a higher level, possession of occupational safety studies as well as acts on risk assessment for workplaces, and training for first aid.

The production processes we perform allow us to create very small amounts of recycled materials that are reused through recycling. The materials we in the production of sleeping system are environmentally friendly and biodegradable. In recent times, we have committed ourselves to accepting returned packaging that our products were delivered in customers. This packaging material is returned to our factory, and we deliver it to recycling centres. In this way, control the whole process relating to packaging material and can ensure that higher environmental standards are met.

As in every branch of the economy, the coronavirus pandemic has left its mark. The MojSan® brand has successfully expanded its production capacities, enriched its production plant with new machines, and opened two new showrooms in BiH and expanded its sales network, despite many aggravating factors regarding the increase in the prices of raw materials and the like. As a result, the number of employees increased. We have once again confirmed that the quality of products and the satisfaction of end users is a sure way to develop any company. We must point out that, at the hight of the pandemic, we donated 1,000 mattresses to COVID clinics throughout BiH.

Our new collection of products that we launched in 2021, will enter the promotion and distribution processes now in 2022. This will definitely refresh our market segment in BiH and the region. Expanding the sales channel, production capacities, and expanding and strengthening the MojSan® brand will be the set goals for 2022.

Bosnian company leads modern facade constructions in the region

Bosnian company leads modern facade constructions in the region

Loan Amount

€ 511,292

Grant amount

€ 76,694

EU Directives met

 

Directives relatoing to environmental protection, H&S requirements and energs efficiency

Invested in

 

New coating line and conveyor

Energy Savings and GHG reduction

687 MWh/year

274 t CO2/year

 

HANO is one of the leading companies producing aluminum glass facades and aluminum hardware in Bosnia and Herzegovina and beyond, designing, producing and installing facades at some of the most prestigious facilities in the region, and providing services of the highest quality according to internationally recognized standards. Over more than two decades since its foundation in 1998, Hano d.o.o. has developed into a leading company in the field of aluminum in construction (HANO) and processed glass (RAMA-GLAS), not only as a contractor and distributor in the construction sector, but also as an authority in providing complete architectural solutions. With its operations located in a 2,550 m2 enclosed production site, the company has a capacity of around 1,000 m2 of façade per month.

In 2021, the company invested in a new automatic coating line and a new power & free conveyor. Power and free conveyors have several advantages over conventional ones. Conveyors are typically used to transport parts along an assembly line from one process to another. Unlike basic continuously moving overhead monorail conveyor systems, power and free conveyors provide the unique ability to stop individual loads without stopping the entire production line. This has a positive impact on the process flow but most importantly also reduces energy consumption.

As a result of this investment, product quality and safety were improved even further, due to the high automation of the coating line that offers high level of precision. Higher product customization and the ability to back up operational data are additional benefits. The chemical dosing device and disk oil separator ensure the proper treatment of waste chemicals and oil, reducing the company’s environmental liability. Increased productivity, lower production costs and increase the competitiveness of the company in its home market and abroad.

The company received free technical assistance to optimize its investment project and 15% grant cash-back after the successful project verification, funded by the European Union. 

With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of standards, including:

  • Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery
  • Directive 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control) (Recast)
  • Directive 2008/98/EC on waste
  • Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency

Asphalt Production In Line With High Environmental Protection Standards

Asphalt Production In Line With High Environmental Protection Standards

Loan Amount

1,000,000.00

Grant amount

150,000.00

EU Directives met

 

Product quality and market competitiveness, environmental protection, H&S requirements

Invested in

 

The new asphalt base Benninghoven ECO 2000

Energy Savings and GHG reduction

3,315 MWh/year

924 t CO2/year

 

Putovi d.o.o. has a long-lasting history operating since 1978, fully privatized in 2000. Main focus of the Company`s business operations includes road construction and reconstruction, construction of facilities and infrastructural objects, production of separated rocky materials for asphalt and concrete and production of asphalt.

For the need of asphalt production, a new asphalt base Benninghoven ECO 2000 of 110t/h capacity was purchased. The new asphalt base will operate together with existing asphalt base Bernardi CEM 1500. The capacity of the new unit is 160 tons per hour, comparing to current capacity of approx. 100 tons per hours. Technology and standards used in production of asphalt base provide higher level of environment protection. Proposed asphalt base is energy more efficient with the use of multiple energy sources for burners and better isolation of container that enables the significant savings.

Improvements in the new technologies have required a constant development of human resource capacities, including trainings and education for the employees together with the procurement of modern IT equipment. In the last three years Putovi d.o.o. has had in average 105 employees including 8 engineers, 2 economists, lawyer and other qualified workers.

The company received free technical assistance to optimize its investment project and 15% grant cash-back after the successful project verification, funded by the European Union. 

With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of standards, including:

  • Directive 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control)
  • EU Regulation No. 305/2011 laying down harmonized conditions for the marketing of construction products and repealing Council Directive 89/106/EEC.
  • Directive 2003/10/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 February 2003 on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (noise)
  • Directive 2014/35/EU on the Harmonization of the Laws of Member States relating to Electrical Equipment Designed for Use within Certain Voltage Limits
  • Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery, and amending Directive 95/16/EC.

Plastic Production Aligns With Eu Standards

Plastic Production Aligns With Eu Standards

Loan Amount

492,000

Grant amount

€ 73,800

EU Directives met

 

Product quality and security, environmental protection, H&S requirements

Invested in

 

A new Flat Film Extrusion Line-Co-Extruder and a new Machine line with hole punching

 

Omorika Reciklaža d.o.o. was founded in 2007 as a producer P.E.T. products made from recycled wrappings. It is located in Rudanka, municipality of Doboj and business operations are organized on an area of 7,138 m².

The Company produces reusable products: PET grind, PET regranulate, PET foil thermoforming foil, HDPE, LDPE, PE, PP and PS regranulate. The majority of suppliers of the used PET wrapping and containers are from the region of BiH and minority from the EU. Buyers of the recycled products are mostly from Serbia and EU countries.

In order to improve product quality and operational security, health and safety at work, and environmental protection, the Company purchased a new Flat Film Extrusion Line-Co-Extruder and a new machine line for hole punching. The new machines are fully compliant with the relevant EU Directives and improve the company`s competitiveness in the international markets.

The company received free technical assistance to optimize its investment project and a 15% cash-back grant, funded by the European Union, after the successful project verification. 

With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of standards, including:

  • Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 2010 on industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control)
  • Directive 2014/35/EU relating to Electrical Equipment Designed for Use within Certain Voltage Limits
  • Directive 2014/30/EU relating to electromagnetic compatibility
  • Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery

EBRD and EU step up support for small
businesses in Bosnia and Herzegovina

EBRD and EU step up support for small
businesses in Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Loan of up to €5 million to UniCredit Bank a.d. Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Financing to help SMEs to boost competitiveness and meet EU standards
  • Added EU-funded cashback incentive for SMEs worth 15 per cent ofthe loan amount

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is extending a loan of up to €5 million to
UniCredit Bank a.d. Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina (https://www.ebrd.com/ebrd-in-bosnia-andherzegovina.html) to improve access to finance for local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The loan is being provided under the Bank’s SME Competitiveness Programme (https://web-smecsp.com/bosnia-and-herzegovina/), through which local SMEs can access well-structured finance, as well as
incentive grants worth up to 15 per cent of their loan amount, making their investments more affordable.


Participating small businesses will also be offered technical assistance to help prepare and implement their
investments. The grants and technical assistance are being financed by the European Union
(http://www.europa.eu/) (EU).


UniCredit Bank a.d. Banja Luka will lend the funds to SMEs for investment purposes, so that they can
upgrade their production facilities to make them compatible with EU standards in areas such as
environmental protection, worker safety and product quality. At least 60 per cent of the loans will go to
investments that support the green transition.


The financing will increase the competitiveness of local enterprises and give them greater opportunities to
succeed on the domestic, regional and international markets.


UniCredit Bank a.d. Banja Luka is one of the largest banks in the Republika Srpska, one of the two entities
constituting Bosnia and Herzegovina. The bank has 36 branches spanning almost all major cities and towns
and 435 employees. It became an EBRD partner in December 2014. This is the third credit line the EBRD has
extended to UniCredit Bank in Bosnia and Herzegovina under the programme.


Manuela Naessl, EBRD Head of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said: “We are very pleased to sign this loan
agreement today and support the strengthening of the real economy in Bosnia and Herzegovina together
with our long-standing partner Unicredit Bank a.d. Banja Luka. Overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic means
that businesses need to start investing again and this credit line will support local SMEs in making these
investments and rebuild the economy stronger, more resilient, greener and more competitive.”
Gordan Pehar, President of the Management Board of UniCredit Bank a.d. Banja Luka, said: “We are very
pleased to confirm in this way our long-term cooperation with the EBRD, which has once again recognized us
as a strategic partner in the local market. Since the beginning of our cooperation, we have secured €37
million through various favourable credit lines to support our clients and the community. The additional
funding of €5 million will allow us to continue providing support to the local economy and developing the
competitiveness and potential of local businesses. We constantly strive to do the best for our clients and the
community.”


Since it began operating in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1996, the EBRD has invested more than €2.7 billion in
190 projects across the country.

 

EBRD and EU provide further support for
SMEs in Bosnia and Herzegovina

EBRD and EU provide further support for
SMEs in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Loan of up to €5 million to Sparkasse Bank, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Local SMEs will be able to boost competitiveness and meet EU standards
Donor supportfrom European Union
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is extending a loan of up to €5 million to
Sparkasse Bank (https://www.sparkasse.ba/bs/stanovnistvo) d.d. in Bosnia and Herzegovina
(https://www.ebrd.com/ebrd-in-bosnia-and-herzegovina.html) to boost the competitiveness of small local
businesses.
The loan to Sparkasse Bank is being provided under the SME Competitiveness Support Programme
(https://web-sme-csp.com/bosnia-and-herzegovina/), a joint initiative by the EBRD and the European Union
(http://www.europa.eu/) (EU). The loan will be secured by international sovereign bonds, the first time the
EBRD has used such a financing structure in a project with a commercial bank in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Sparkasse will on-lend the EBRD funds to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for investments that
will improve their competitiveness and compliance with EU technical standards, for example, with regard to
energy efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency, waste minimisation, recycling and improvements in
health and safety standards, At least 60 per cent of the loans will go to support the green transition.
The SME Competitiveness Support Programme combines loan and grant financing, offering EU-funded grant
incentives worth up to 15 per cent of the total loan amount for the successful implementation of
investments. This will make local enterprises more competitive and improve their chances of succeeding on
domestic, regional and international markets.
Sparkasse Bank manages total assets of BAM 1.84 billion (€943 million) and has more than 500 employees in
38 branches throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. The bank services private individuals, SMEs, large
companies, institutional clients and the public sector. It is owned by Austria’s Steiermarkische Bank und
Sparkassen AG.
Manuela Naessl, EBRD Head of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said: “We are very pleased to sign this loan
agreement today and support the strengthening of the real economy in Bosnia and Herzegovina together
with our long-standing partner, Sparkasse Bank. Overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic requires businesses to
start investing again and this credit line will support local SMEs in making those investments and rebuilding
the economy to be stronger, more resilient, greener and more competitive.”
Amir Softić, CEO of Sparkasse Bank, said: “Increasing the competitiveness of the SME segment and creating
new jobs are strategic goals of Sparkasse Bank. Our mission is to support the development of the local
economy and assist companies that create added value for society. I am, therefore, very glad that, even in
these difficult times, together with our partner the EBRD, we stand firm in supporting SMEs by helping to
align their business models with EU standards and requirements. Synergies between the EBRD and
Sparkasse Bank will help companies become key generators of new employment and sustainable
development in their local communities.”
Since it began operating in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1996, the EBRD has invested more than €2.7 billion in
190 projects across the country

Beverage production compliant with EU directives

BEVERAGE PRODUCTION COMPLIANT WITH EU DIRECTIVES

Loan Amount

153,300

Grant amount

€ 23,000

EU Directives met

Product quality, security and H&S requirements

Invested in

“Bottle inspector” machine

 

Vitinka A.D., established in 1974 in Kozluk (Zvornik municipality), is a producer of mineral water and other non-alcoholic beverages.

The company has 2 production plants: one is located in Kozluk (the headquarter) producing carbonated natural mineral water and carbonated non-alcoholic beverages. The second one is located in Raševo where the company produces the non-carbonated, natural and healthy spring water Vivia, as well as other non-carbonated refreshing non-alcoholic drinks.

Vitinka A.D. is an export-oriented company. Since 2010 company has been exporting its products to Kosovo and in May 2015 it launched its products in Montenegro. Additionally, Vitinka A.D. has opened a company in Loznica (Serbia) with the aim of expanding into new market and serving new clients.

In order to improve its product quality, product safety and occupational health and safety, Vitinka A.D. purchased a new ‘empty bottle inspector’ machine. The new machine is fully compliant with relevant EU Directives and improves the company`s competitiveness in the international markets.

The new machine performs the inspection of empty bottles to ensure their compliance and quality prior to the filling process. This reduces the number of rejects due to the presence of contaminants, imperfections or defects in the empty bottles whilst increasing production capacity, quality of production process and consequently the final product quality.

The company received free technical assistance to optimize its investment project and 15% grant cash-back after the successful project verification, funded by the European Union. 

With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of standards, including:

    • EU Regulation 10/2011 plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food
    • EU Regulation 1935/2004 on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food
    • EU Regulation 2023/2006 on good manufacturing practice for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food
    • Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery.