Sloboda Cacak opened a cutting facility on Friday, February 3, as reported on the Ministry of Defense website.
The opening of the new hall was attended by Minister of Defense Zoran Djordjevic, Deputy Minister of Defense for material resources, Nenad Miloradovic, head of the Defense Technologies Department at the Ministry of Defense, Major General Bojan Zrnic, and the General Manager of Sloboda, Zoran Stefanovic.
Minister Djordjevic pointed out that he was satisfied with the modern equipment and new working conditions in Sloboda.
– During the previous talks with the unions of all defense industry factories, the focus was on taking care of workers, their safety and working conditions in the period to come. This factory shows that everybody works under the best conditions and with the latest equipment – the Ministry of Defense reported on its website.
As stated, the project is worth EUR 14.8 million, of which EUR 6 million has been invested in the equipment, with 6 million yet to be invested, whereas the construction works cost EUR 2.8 million.
Modern equipment is very important for the workers, and the factory’s capacity has doubled, the minister emphasized and added that the production took less time than before.
– We also expect that the export will increase in the coming period. Last year, the export set the record in the entire defense industry, with an increase of 56% compared to 2015 – Djordjevic said.
According to the General Manager, the opening of the hall is a very important moment in Sloboda’s operations, as “an investment cycle has been completed”.
– The hall and the equipment, both that which has already been put into operation and that which is to arrive in the coming period, enable us to double our production. In 2016, our production was already 70% bigger than in 2015, and we expect it to double in 2017 compared to the previous years. This will have a good effect on both the workers and the economy, and it’s important to note that we have already secured active contracts enabling us to work at full capacity in 2018 as well. I hope that this trend will continue – Stefanovic pointed out.
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