With the progress of reforms in Serbia, the country is becoming an increasingly attractive destination both for national and international investments, which, in turn, increases the demand for our sophisticated products, says Rita Lozinsky, Director of Alumil.
In the last ten years, Alumil has managed to become the undisputed leader both on the domestic market and neighbouring markets, in addition to markets in the European Union, Russia, the Middle East and Africa. What is the biggest challenge you face?
Apart from investing in our production capacities and expanding our factory, we have been investing a lot of time and effort into the development of our products and worldwide sales network. In addition to constantly boosting our performance on the mentioned markets, we are also continuing with our investments in the U.S. and Australia.
The U.S. market is very demanding because it requires the development of new systems, big investments in getting certified and the fulfilment of very precise and strict norms. Thanks to a huge effort exerted by all of our employees, and especially by our president George Milonas, we have managed to fulfil all the requirements and, in a short period, begin implementing several large-scale projects, one of the most important being Google’s New York headquarters.
We are especially proud of our wide range of solar system profiles, which are used in the construction of solar parks and solar plants, both in the country and all around the world
Alumil is one of Greek biggest industrial investments in Serbia and a good example of a company that exports highly sophisticated products. What can your clients expect from you in the following period?
Thanks to the great advantages we used to position our company as a regional leader, which include complete and prompt services, quality, and technical and commercial support, we have created the new Supreme series of our products and obtained the necessary certificates (CSTB, IFT Rosenheim), in order to adapt to the strict market requirements of Western Europe.
Apart from comprehensive training, support and various marketing activities, we provide our Balkan clients with a direct opportunity to develop and expand their businesses. Moreover, through its activities, Alumil showcases at all of the biggest international fairs, while our sales personnel are constantly communicating with clients on site.
Despite being a Greek company, Alumil continued to invest in the expansion and modernisation of its industrial and sales facilities despite the crisis. How much money have you invested in the previous period and what are your investment plans for the period ahead?
In the last ten years, we have made a two-phase of investment in the aluminium profile factory in Nova Pazova, worth €26 million, where we have purchased 10 hectares of land, built 30,000 square metres of production facilities and warehouses, acquired two extrusion lines, two lines for thermal break profiles and processing centres for additional profile cutting, as well as establishing the most advanced coating painting facility in the Balkans and a regional logistics centre.
We are this year working on a detailed investment plan that will facilitate our development in the years ahead, including the opening of an international logistics centre that will provide better service to our clients worldwide.
What are your plans for 2016?
Alumil will spend substantial funds this year on the development and training of our employees, who are the key to our success and the success of our clients. Additionally, we plan to invest in new information technologies, while continuously developing new products and promoting them on new markets.
Considering that the business environment and new reforms in Serbia are improving, I believe that this country will become a very attractive destination, both for domestic and international investments. Hence, in 2016, we expect to see an increase in the construction sector and other industrial branches, because aluminium profiles produced in Nova Pazova are used not only in construction but also in the automobile and rail industries.
We are especially proud of our wide range of solar system profiles, which are used in the construction of solar parks and solar plants, both in the country and all around the world.