German “Marquardt” opened factory in Veles, will employ 600 people

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The German company “Marquardt” officially opened its plant in Macedonia in the industrial zone Karaslari in Veles. The plant, which spans over 15,000 square meters already operate 170 out of the planned 600 employees. The current investment is 25 million euro and is planned to reach over 35 million euro.

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The new factory was opened by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, the owner of “Marquardt Group” Harald Marquardt, Vice Premier for Economic Affairs Vladimir Peshevski, Minister for Foreign Investments Vele Samak and Mayor Slavcho Chadiev.

– This is the first major foreign investment in Veles and in general, the first major factory that is open in the past 20 years in this city, said the Prime Minister Gruevski.

With the opening of the factory, he said, is broken the tradition of closing factories in Veles that was happening in this city for many years.

– “Marquardt” is one of the largest suppliers of automotive parts in the world and their entry into Macedonia is further strengthening the country’s image as the automotive industry, said the Prime Minister, adding that the arrival of “Marquardt” and all foreign investment will mean support for local domestic industry in Veles and beyond.

First contacts for the realization of the investment were made seven years ago, and in 2013 was announced the investment decision. The plant began with construction  in April last year and started with production in June.

– The plant in Macedonia is our tenth plant and will play significant role in the Group. The total area is 15,000 square meters and the investment will be over 35 million euro, said the owner of Marquardt.

He added that in competition with Macedonia when choosing where to realize their investment, were two countries, adding crucial to invest in Macedonia was good location and security of Government and policy.

– Macedonia was not on our list for the realization of the investment until the representatives of the Government made presentation. In the competition were left two other countries, but you are winners, said Marquardt.

Minister for Foreign Investments Vele Samak stressed that this is one of the series of projects, in which he and his cabinet were involved. He pointed out that this investment will contribute to the results of new foreign investments in the area of ​​exports, and the number of employees.

Vice Premier for Economic Affairs Vladimir Peshevski, sadi “Marquardt” is the most sophisticated technological company in Macedonia, which will employ large number of qualified personnel. Their arrival, he said, confirms the right concept of the Government for opening of local economic industrial zones.

Mayor of Veles Slavcho Chadiev said this is the first factory that was opened in the industrial zone Karaslari and that it represents the first step in the realization of the objective, i.e. the industrial area to grow into zone where citizens of Veles will find work.

“Marquardt” manufactures automotive systems for known brands like “Jaguar” “Land Rover”, “Renault”, “Fiat” BMW, “Scania”, “Chrysler” and others. In nine countries, it has over 8,800 employees and celebrates 90 years of existence.