New machinery offers multiple benefits to carpentry company

New machinery offers multiple benefits to carpentry company

Dardania Model is a company with a long tradition in carpentry manufacturing. Ties to the carpentry business date way back to the 1960s when their first family-owned carpentry business opened in Ferizaj. The company has continuously evolved ever since.

By focusing on high quality products, Dardania Model has managed to become a well-known brand in the production and sales of PVC doors and windows, wooden furniture for kitchens and bedrooms. Given its long business tradition and high performance, the company has already established itself in EU markets and nowadays 40% of its sales are exports to EU countries. This growth and increased demand for its products has led the company to further expand and modernize its production facilities with a new PVC production and raw materials colouring line. With the help of the Kosovo SME Competitiveness Support Programme, the company purchased a fully automated sawing machine, a PVC Automatic Water Slot Machine, a PVC Welding and Corner Cleaning Line, a Sash Assembly Table, an Automatic Spraying Machine and a Brush Sanding Machine.

Dardania Model received free technical assistance to optimize its investment project and a 15% cash-back grant after the successful project verification, funded by the European Union.  This investment will result in many different benefits. First, this investment will have a positive effect in the environment by introducing a FSC evidence logbook to show the traceability on used wooden materials. Also, as the new machines ate fully automated, the efficiency of the process and worker comfort are increased, ensuring a safer and easier performance of duties.

The new investment complies with the EU’s occupational health and safety standards, and it improves product quality. The higher level of automation also helps standardize and simplify processed wood design, wood shaping and further processing.

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

  • Regulation (EU) No 995/2010 laying down the obligations of operators who place timber and timber products on the market.
  • Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery, and amending Directive 95/16/EC (recast);
  • Directive 1999/92/EC on minimum requirements for improving the safety and health protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres;
  • Directive 2010/75/EU on Industrial Emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control), recast, Text with EEA relevance)

Loan Amount

€ 195,720

Grant amount

€ 29,358

EU Directives met

 

Regulation on machinery, minimum requirements for improving the safety and health protection of workers,directives on Industrial Emissions

Invested in

 

Purchase of new machinery

Energy Savings and GHG reduction

21.10 MWh/year

6.53 tCO2/year

 

Empowering THE decorative stone PROCESSING INDUSTRY

Empowering THE decorative stone PROCESSING INDUSTRY

Imaxh Mermer Sh.P.K. is a contemporary factory in the processing of natural decorative stones of marble and granite, located in the village of Poslisht in the Prizren region. The company offers a wide range of decorative marble and granit stone products, worked with great care and to a high quality standard. Despite the attention paid to quality, Imaxh Mermer ensures fast product fitting according to modern working standards. The company mainly operates throughout Kosovo’s regions but recently started offering its products beyond the borders, by cooperating with some foreign sales companies, mainly in Germany and Switzerland.

Imaxh Mermer applied for a loan under the Kosovo SME Competitiveness Support Programme to purchase a modern cutting machine for marble and granite. Highly automated, the machine vastly improves health and safety at work, but also enhances product quality and environmental protection, ultimately leading to an increase in the company’s competitiveness. The machine improves the precision of marble and granite cutting, resulting in more beautiful product appearance and less waste. It also generates savings in energy costs. Last but not least, the new machine increases the production capacity.

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

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

  • Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery, and amending Directive 95/16/EC (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 2014/30/EU on the harmonization of the laws of the Member States relating to electromagnetic compatibility (recast).

Loan Amount

€ 95,000

Grant amount

€ 14,250

EU Directives met

 

Regulation on machinery, harmonization of the Laws for use within certain voltage limits and to electromagnetic compatibility

Invested in

 

Purchase of new cutting  machine  for marble  and  granite

Energy Savings and GHG reduction

0.14 MWh/year

0.05 tCO2/year

 

ZerO-Fault products with automated CNC machine

ZerO-Fault products with automated CNC machine

“Onix Group” Sh.P.K. is a specialist company in cutting, shaping and finishing marble, granite and quartz. The company owner, who has been in this business for more than 20 years, decided to open this company in 2008. Since then, Onix has been producing fine natural stone products, including countertops for kitchens and bathrooms, wall cladding, flooring, tabletops, staircases and other ornamental decorations. The products are sold to national and international markets, mainly to the private homeowners, but also to construction companies.

The Onix name already stands for quality. However, to further improve the product quality, to reduce and/or eliminate production faults and thereby increase its export potential, the company decided to invest in new machinery that supports this improvement programme.

With the help of the Kosovo SME Competitiveness Support Programme, the company purchased and installed new CNC equipment and relevant integrated software for professional cutting, shaping and finishing of stones. Moreover, the company invested in the construction of a new production facility that houses the new equipment and offers more storage space for raw materials (marble and granite slabs) and finished products. The new building also contributes to the quality improvement goal, as it protects materials and products from exposure to the elements.

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

Apart from the enhanced quality aspects, the new machinery also improves Occupational Health and Safety by using computerized directives for cutting and shaping of the stones, reducing the manual intervention and thereby decreasing the possibility of injuries. The computer integrated processes of the new machine vastly increase the preciseness of cutting and finishing, delivering zero error product.

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

  • Directive 2001/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 December 2001 on general product safety.
  • Directive 2008/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 November 2008 on waste.
  • Directive 2006/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2006 on machinery, and amending Directive 95/16/EC (recast).

Loan Amount

€ 198,123.58

Grant amount

€ 29,718.54

EU Directives met

Regulation on general product safety, on waste and on machinery.

Invested in

 

Purchase of new  autoomated machine and computer software for cutting, shaping and finishing of natural stone

Energy Savings and GHG reduction

34.9mWh/year

12.1 t CO2/year

 

EBRD extends €5 million to Banka për Biznes in Kosovo

EBRD extends €5 million to Banka për Biznes in Kosovo

EU-supported programme to boost competitiveness of small businesses in the country

    • €5 million loan to Banka për Biznes for on-lending to local SMEs
    • Loans to small and medium-sized businesses to boost competitiveness
    • EU grants to make financing more affordable

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is extending a €5 million loan to Banka për Biznes in Kosovo to support the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the country. This transaction will be the second credit line to Banka për Biznes under the same programme, capitalising on the expertise and knowledge that has been built up following the full utilisation of the previous facility, which was signed in 2018.The new facility is part of the Western Balkans SME Competitiveness Support Programme, to which the EBRD provides loans and the European Union (EU) contributes incentive payments and technical assistance. The goal is to help SMEs modernise their activities and take advantage of trade opportunities in the Western Balkans region and wider European market.

The funds will support local small businesses to reach best industry standards and implement EU directives. The aim is to encourage SMEs to invest in upgrades in three key areas: environmental protection, health and safety, and product quality. At least 60 per cent of all loans will support energy-saving investments.

Participating SMEs will also have access to tailor-made advice and know-how for introducing and implementing standards and directives to make them more competitive in EU markets. In addition, they will benefit from grant incentives worth up to 15 per cent of the total loan amount on successful project completion. The dedicated technical assistance and grants are both funded by the EU under the Western Balkans Enterprise Development and Innovation Facility (WB EDIF).

Matteo Colangeli, EBRD Regional Director for the Western Balkans, said: “We are very pleased to step up our cooperation with Banka për Biznes and to further support local SMEs. The new funding will facilitate access to well-structured finance for small businesses, helping them to become more competitive and to recover from the negative effects following the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Luigi Brusa, Head of Cooperation Section at the EU Office, said: “Through this facility and our joint efforts, we will enable Kosovan enterprises easier access to financing and allow SMEs to reach EU standards and expand regionally and internationally. The EU is and will continue to be the biggest donor, investor and trade partner in Kosovo.”

Arton Celina, CEO of Banka për Biznes said: “With this contract that we are signing for the second time with EBRD, BPB continues to show that it is the right hand of Micro and Small businesses and is continuously committed to help this category with various projects. This line of credit has shown that it helps not only our customers, but also contributes to the overall performance of SMEs in Kosovo. Consequently, they become more competitive in domestic and international markets. Our strategy also focuses on leading such advanced projects that will offer a wide range of banking products.”

Banka për Biznes was founded in 2001 and offers a wide range of commercial banking products, with a particular focus on SMEs.

The EBRD has invested €545 million in Kosovo since it began operating there in 2012. The Bank’s strategic priorities in the country are to promote the green economy, support the competitive development of the private sector and foster regional integration.

EBRD and EU extend their support to SME competitiveness in Kosovo

EBRD and EU extend their support to SME competitiveness in Kosovo

Over 130 representatives from Kosovo businesses learned about  funding opportunities supporting competitiveness and export development.

Prishtina, 18 May, 2021.

63 SMEs in Kosovo have already benefited from the EBRD and EU supported SME Competitiveness Programme, which offers a combination of loans and grants to help SMEs invest their competitiveness. These investments, of total value of over €17 million, have contributed to over 2,000 jobs being sustained. Only 15 supported SMEs are in the Prishtina, while 48 SMEs are outside the capital city. The sector with the highest number of projects financed is manufacturing.

These are some of the points presented in an online workshop organized yesterday, with the aim to showcase funding opportunities to small businesses in Kosovo, to 130 of them who joined the online event.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has dedicated €30 million funds under the SME Competitiveness Support Programme to Kosovo, which are being on-lent to SMEs through commercial banks: ProCredit Bank Kosovo, Banka Per Biznes and the newly joined Raiffeisen Bank Kosovo. 

The Programme aims to build a more competitive, green and well-integrated economy in Kosovo by providing small business with access to well-structured finance and business advisory. After successful investment, SMEs can also benefit from a cashback grant worth 15% of the loan amount, funded by the EU.

“Kosovo faces three main economic challenges: (1) legal framework, stable, predictable and forcible legal framework, (2) reassuring demand, the right skills that meet the demand in the labor market and (3) facilitating access to know-how and to finance. We are here to support business growth and increased employment opportunities for the people of Kosovo,” said Riccardo Serri, the Deputy Head of EU Office in Kosovo.  EU has invested €5 million to provide a grant of up to 15% for each loan taken from one of the local bank partners by the beneficiary business under this Programme, for the purpose of targeting investment in new technology and capacity improvement.

Neil Taylor, Head of EBRD in Kosovo said: “SMEs have been badly affected by the year-long crisis of coronavirus. The EBRD, together with our partners in the EU as well as our three partner banks, are here to help businesses recover and to strengthen their ability to export to EU and to speed up the transition to greener, more sustainable economy. One thing I have learned over the last three years living here is that with a little bit of help, entrepreneurs here can be really, incredibly innovative”.

The importance of the EU support was also highlighted in the panel discussion with the three Partner Banks.

Giovanni Vaccari, the Project Manager of the consortium of Project Consultants, led by RINA Consulting S.P.A., explained the benefits and mechanisms of the Programme, from project idea to verification and grant payment, to the audience of more than 130 representatives from local businesses.

expanding business in AN environmentally friendly way

expanding business in AN environmentally friendly way

Flexograf SH.P.K. is a specialized company in the printing and flexo-printing industry. Established in 2012, the company has become a well-known top competitor in the market for printing services. The company offers a wide variety of printing on packaging, printing of self-adhesive labels, wrap-around labels and similar printed products for the food and non-food industries. It has five departments (design, preparation of clichés, printing, lamination and cutting) and operates its activities in new production location with 5,000 m2. The company invests in latest technology, marketing but also in the professional development of its 45 employees. The staff is creative and professional, ready to guide clients in the development of packaging that reflects the product needs and specifications, designed to highlight advantageous product positioning and produced to the highest quality standards.

Over the last couple of years, demand for Flexograf’s products increased significantly in both, domestic and international markets. The company therefore decided to expand its capacity by investing in new machinery. Flexograf selected a new Digital Imaging machine to meet the new printing capacity requirements.

As the new machine replaced a 20-year-old machine, the investment resulted in many benefits. Apart from the desired increase in productivity, the state-of-the-art technology operates without solvents, significantly reducing the company’s use of hazardous materials and the emission of harmful odors,  ultimately improving Occupational Health and Safety of workers. Moreover, the new machine has standardized and simplified different types of printing processes and it consumes less energy than the one it replaces.

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

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

    • Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 October 2004 on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food
    • Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery
    • 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 2014/30/EU on the harmonization of the laws of the Member States relating to electromagnetic compatibility

 

Loan Amount

€ 140,000

Grant amount

€ 21,000

EU Directives met

 

Regulation on materials intended to come into contact with food, directives on machinery and electromagnetic compatibility

Invested in

New Digital Imager Machine

Energy Savings and GHG reduction

43.90 MWh/year 15.20t CO2/year

Wood Furniture production Expands with new machinery

Wood Furniture production ExPANDS with new machinery

Binni Shpk is one of the leaders of furniture production and sales in Kosovo. The company was established in 1989 and is one of the pioneers in production of kitchens, bedrooms, partitions, doors and windows from plastic and wood in Kosovo. Binni has continuously invested in technology and staff and over time developed a well-trained workforce that meets company and market needs. Its products are sold in the European markets, where 40% of total sales are exports to EU countries like Germany and France. Facing an increasing demand for its products the company needed to expand its production capacity.

The company invested in new machines: CNC Machining Centre, Milling Machine and Volpato Levigatrice. These machines help the company to increase production and expand into new markets. The investment into the modern technologies  also improved the environmental balance of the company, the product quality and safety were also improved, with processes standardized and simplified as well as optimized wood design, shaping and finishing. Last but not least, the investment improved Occupational Health and Safety standards since the new machinery is fully automated providing an integrated approach with higher efficiency and higher worker comfort and safety.

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

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

  • Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 laying down harmonized conditions for the marketing of construction products and repealing Council Directive 89/106/EEC
  • Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery
  • 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 2014/30/EU on the harmonization of the laws of the Member States relating to electromagnetic compatibility
  • Regulation (EU) No 995/2010 laying down the obligations of operators who place timber and timber products on the market

 

Loan Amount

€ 228,166

Grant amount

€ 34,225

EU Directives met

Regulation on machinery, electromagnetic compatibility

Invested in

CNC Machining Centre, Milling Machine and Volpato Levigatrice

improving health and safety with new automated machines

improving health and safety with new automated machines

Fatoni NTP was established in 2000 for the production of metal works related to greenhouses and the construction sector. The company has a good and stable market position and is very well positioned among key suppliers of greenhouses and scaffolding systems. The products are sold to international and local clients. Local clients are mostly agri-businesses. Fatoni NTP is one of the first companies working with greenhouses in Kosovo. Internationally, the Company exports scaffolding systems to the construction sector in Switzerland. The company’s 4,000 m2 production facilities are located 5 km outside of Prizren city.

In 2020, company decided to invest in two new robots for welding in order to increase the quality of the products, as well as in a roll forming machine for scaffolding steps, which will be the only one of its kind in the region.

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

The company improved its Occupational Health and Safety standards, since the equipment is fully automated with integrated occupational safety sensors. The investment also resulted in increased product quality and safety. These improvements have put the company into a leading position in the region and the higher technical standards achieved enable the company to increase its export of scaffolding systems to EU countries.

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

    • Directive 2001/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 December 2001 on general product safety
    • Directive 2006/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2006 on machinery
    • Directive 2014/35/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the harmonisation 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
    • Directive 2014/30/EU on the harmonization of the laws of the Member States relating to electromagnetic compatibility

Loan Amount

€ 198,000

Grant amount

€ 29,700

EU Directives met

Regulation on general product safety, on machinery, on electromagnetic compatibility

Invested in

Two new Robot Welding Machines and a Roll Forming Machine

 

 

Zgjerimi i eksporteve të ëmbëlsirave

Zgjerimi i eksporteve të ëmbëlsirave

Liri NPT është një biznes privat i cili prodhon ëmbëlsira dhe biskota në qytetin e Prizrenit që nga viti 1985. Biznesi tradicional i familjes prodhon më shumë se 121 produkte individuale në kategoritë Turkish Delight, biskota, wafer, çokollatë, bonbone, Helva dhe karamele. Kompania sigurisht ka vazhduar me ndryshimet dhe zhvillimet gjatë 35 viteve të kaluara dhe tashmë është e çertifikuar për ISO 22000: 2005 dhe HACCP. Produktet e Liri eksportohen gjithashtu në Maqedoninë e Veriut, Bosnjë dhe Hercegovinë, Gjermani, Zvicër, Suedi, Itali dhe Mbretërinë e Bashkuar.

Për të siguruar konkurrencën e saj të vazhdueshme në Kosovë dhe në tregjet ndërkombëtare ku eksporton, kompania vendosi të investojë në makineri të reja për disa nga produktet për të përmirësuar cilësinë dhe format duke zvogëluar mbeturinat dhe konsumin e energjisë. Përfitimet shtesë përfshijnë përmirësimin e shëndetit dhe sigurisë në punë si rezultat i një niveli më të lartë të automatizimit të punës.

Me ndihmën e Programit për Mbështetjen e Konkurrueshmërisë së NVM-ve në Kosovë, kompania investoi në tetë makina të reja prodhimi dhe paketimi.

Liri fitoi ndihmë teknike falas për të optimizuar projektin e saj të investimit dhe po përfundon implementimin e projektit. Pas verifikimit të suksesshëm të projektit, kompania mund të fitojë grant në vlerë prej 15%, të financuar nga Bashkimi Evropian.

Me këtë investim kompania tani plotëson një larmi standardesh evropiane, duke përfshirë:

    • Rregullorja (KE) Nr. 852/2004 e Parlamentit Evropian dhe e Këshillit e 29 Prillit 2004 për higjenën e produkteve ushqimore
    • Rregullorja (KE) Nr. 178/2002 e Parlamentit Evropian dhe e Këshillit e 28 janarit 2002 që përcakton parimet e përgjithshme dhe kërkesat e ligjit të ushqimit, krijimin e Autoritetit Evropian të Sigurisë së Ushqimit dhe përcaktimin e procedurave për çështjet e sigurisë ushqimore
    • Rregullorja (KE) Nr. 1935/2004 e Parlamentit Evropian dhe e Këshillit e 27 tetorit 2004 për materialet dhe artikujt që synojnë të vijnë në kontakt me ushqimin dhe shfuqizimin e direktivave 80/590 / KEE dhe 89/109 / EE
    • Direktiva 2008/98 / EC për mbeturinat dhe shfuqizimin e direktivave të caktuara
    • Rregullorja (KE) Nr. 1005/2009 e Parlamentit Evropian dhe e Këshillit e 16 shtatorit 2009 për substancat që shkatërrojnë shtresën e ozonit
    • Direktiva 2009/125 / EC e Parlamentit Evropian dhe e Këshillit e 21 tetorit 2009 që përcakton një kornizë për përcaktimin e kërkesave të eko-modelimit për produktet e lidhura me energjinë
    • Direktiva 2006/42 / EC për makineri, dhe ndryshimi i Direktivës 95/16 / EC (rilexim)

Vlera e kredisë

€ 1,000,000

Vlera e grantit

€ 150,000

Direktivat e BE-së të plotësuara

 

Rregulloret për sigurinë e ushqimit, mbeturinave, varfërimin e shtresës së ozonit, eko dizajn dhe makineri

Investuar në

 

Sallë e re e prodhimit

Makineri prodhimi për 4 produkte të reja

3 linja të reja paketimi

Kursimet e energjisë dhe emitimet e CO2 të shmangura

112 MWh/ në vit

39 tCO2/ në vit

 

 

increasing health and safety for hospital patients

increasing health and safety for hospital patients

NTSH Otrila is a relatively young business entity, initially operating in the field of otorhinolaryngology as daily hospital. Since 2017, the company services were expanded to orthopedy and radiology, including a laboratory located in a new and modern facility. Today, the Special Hospital for Otorhinolaryngology and Orthopedics “Otrila” successfully covers about 70% of the Kosovo market in field of aesthetic nose operations (Rhinoseptoplastka), with domestic as well as foreign clients trusting the clinic’s their services.

With the help of the Kosovo SME Competitiveness Support Programme, the clinic invested in the purchase of a brand-new tomography scanner system with a computed tomography injection system. Otrila Special Hospital now offers a full range of services to its clients, from the beginning to the end of the surgery, which increases client retention.

This new machine also improves occupational Health and Safety conditions for staff and patients as it enables complete flexibility of the workstation, keeping staff perfectly safe from radiation and enabling them to perform their tasks in a safe and comfortable environment.

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

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

    • Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom of 5 December 2013 laying down basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation, and repealing Directives 89/618/Euratom, 90/641/Euratom, 96/29/Euratom, 97/43/Euratom and 2003/122/Euratom;
    • Regulation (EU) 2017/745 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2017 on medical devices, amending Directive 2001/83/EC, Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 and Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 and repealing Council Directives 90/385/EEC and 93/42/EEC

Loan Amount

€ 200,00

Grant amount

€ 30,00

EU Directives met

 

Regulation safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation, Regulation on medical devices

Invested in

 

Purchase of new tomography scanner system