The investment team of eKapija has analyzed and formed a ranking list of the investments and investment ideas that our users found the most interesting in 2018. The results are very interesting. Some are expected, although there are plenty of surprises too, which is why we’ve decided to share this information with you.
We present the most interesting projects in the INDUSTRY
The Government of Serbia seemed to have worked as hard as it could to attract local and foreign investors in 2018. Factories were opened and investments entailing several thousand new jobs were either announced or initiated in over twenty towns in Serbia.
The media focused on RTB Bor and its new strategic partner Zijin, which placed high on our list. The Chinese company fulfilled its promise and entered 2019 without any debts toward Serbia. The Government of Serbia has big plans for RTB Bor, which eKapija is sure to report on in the upcoming period.
Prominent projects also took place in southern Serbia, aiming to revive the industry in this part of Serbia. There was a lot of media attention given to the opening of Aptiv in Leskovac, where electrical installations for the car industry are produced and which, as announced, will employ as many as 2,000 people by 2020.
Last year, Zumtobel in Nis was at the top of the list. It placed high again this year, which shows that this EUR 30 million investment was one of the more important ones when it comes to Serbia`s industrial sector. Let`s take a look at the most read articles in 2018:
The first spot
features the industrial complex MIND Park in Kragujevac
, where the first AMM Manufacturing plant opened on December 7. The company produces rail vehicle components and is owned by Bratislav Milanovic. Germany`s Siemens, which took over the Kragujevac-based company Milanovic Inzenjering in early February 2018
, will also operate within MIND Park. The construction of the industrial complex began in April 2018 on an area of 150 hectares, and the complex is located in the Sobovica-Luznice location, 12 kilometers from Kragujevac.
So far, the first factory of MIND Group, for the processing of aluminum, has been completed, and the construction of the second one, for the processing of steel, which should be completed in March 2019, has begun. The construction of Siemens` plant where the German investor will produce trams from July 2019 began in September 2018.
The state invested EUR 10 million in the infrastructure of this factory.
The second spot
belongs to Aptiv in Leskovac. The plant was opened in January 2019 by the British company Delphi
. The factory will produce electrical installations for the car industry. Around 2,000 people should be employed by 2020.
EUR 25 million was invested in the factory complex, which takes up 30,000 square meters in the Green Zone location, and the Town of Leskovac let the British company use six hectares for this purpose.
Let us remind that Mayor of Leskovac Goran Cvetanovic held a meeting with representatives of Aptiv on June 27
, where the completion of the equipping of the Green Zone with utilities, the construction of traffic routes in the zone, and the development of sewerage were discussed.
The American company Adient, a member of Johnson Controls
, a producer of car seats and car interiors, placed third
on our list. As the town authorities announces, there will be jobs for 1,500 people in Loznica.
On June 16, Loznica celebrated the Town`s Day, on which occasion Mayor Vidoje Petrovic announced the arrival of two large foreign companies (China`s Minth and Adient), which would employ 1,500 people each.
As eKapija learned from town authorities, the test run at Adient has begun, but the town didn`t want to disclose more details about this investment. Also, as town authorities announced, Rio Tinto is also interested in Loznica and their potential investment is estimated at around USD 1 billion.