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Eduard Rutten, Director, Metech

The Importance of Competence

Metech staff members continuously receive all the necessary training and education! The “self education level” of Metech people is high, they invest time in education after their working hours

Metech invests in the highest welding knowledge that you can find in the Balkans „Laser Welding“ from Trumpf. Now we can weld Stainless Steel, Aluminium, … in an optimal position, without heating or deformation of the material. The best proces for products in Pharma, Food or high-level customers. Metech invests again in its competence centre in Smederevo 1 mil euro and is the best supplier with the highest quality. Metech has now more than 20 engineers, and more than 300 good educated workers, a real dream!

You’ve been in Serbia since 2008. In which domains do you see the most significant effects of synergy between the parent company in Belgium and your firm in Smederevo?

There is a good feeling between the two companies when it comes to working together. The synergy is the language of knowledge, the drive to go forward and try to find a solution. They know that there is “there is always a better way”.

Recently, after a series of investments in equipment, you decided to expand your company in Smederevo. What are the key advantages of doing business in Serbia and, in addition to expanding capacities, does it imply a transfer of knowledge and technology to Smederevo?

We created a new “competence centre” in Smederevo and that is an intangible investment that we are implementing now. First comes investing in people, then in machinery, and finally in the buildings and space. We feel that customers are coming because we organize the best solution to meet the needs of professional consumers in Smederevo. We know that our investments are long-term, as are our people, and we trust that they will stay and grow together with Metech.

Which industries do you work with and which market segments do you target in Serbia?

At this moment we are working for all industrial markets in Europe, like compressors, telecom, printing machines, heating, airco, construction products, health, pharma, diamonds… there are no limits.

Metech brings every year more than 25 business leaders from Europe to Metech and to Serbia to see what the possibilities are, and every time they are surprised how many potential opportunities there are. Businessman needs facts, figures, stability and trust, Metech can show it

Everybody who needs sheet metal products or a total concept is welcome at Metech Serbia. I think we must wait a little bit in order for new companies who are coming now to find a good match between us.

Are you satisfied with the support you receive from the state and local government, and where do you see room for further support to be provided for investors?

The state and local government do their job and try to help us if they can. The state provides support when it comes to connections between the world of work and the world of education. Schools are ready to accept our support in terms of innovation and investment in knowledge and practical education. The open issues are streamlined administrations at all levels, with clear procedures, and then we can bring more investors to Serbia.

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