Machining & Metalworking


Number of companies: 3,280
Number of employees: 62,652
Revenues (in €): 9.3 billion

Key export markets: Australia, Austria, Croatia, Czech Rep., France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA

Source: AJPES, 2020

Key products:

  • vehicles and auto parts
  • metal fittings and components
  • cast and fabricated metal elements
  • water turbines and pumps
  • various metal products
  • metal tools
  • truck lifts
  • HVAC systems

Quality Workforce

Slovenia’s machining and metalworking sector holds hope for the future as manufacturers commit to more efficient technology practice and green engineering widely regarded as being near the top of recession-resistant industries. The machinery must be designed and constructed taking into account the results of the risk assessment. As labour productivity has come into sharper focus than ever before, all major manufacturers are working to upgrade facilities and invest in new projects. At this point, experience and knowledge of employees give companies an edge through innovative solutions that translate to continuing improvements of manufacturing processes. The CE conformity marking affixed to the »Made in Slovenia« products speak of a high level of metalworking technology, machine tools and precision engineering found in Slovenia. Car component manufacture and assembly is another sector's facet outlined in the Automotive Industry.

The fact that some 62,500 people work in over 3,280 machining and tooling companies explains the progress in the development of modern technologies and their application to a lean-manufacturing environment. The bulk of workforce is employed in metal forming and metal fabrication working, but in terms of value-added per employee, the companies specialising in car component manufacture and assembly post the best results. Staff training is highly important as less expensive, faster and more efficient process become the stepping stones to improved competitiveness thanks to research and innovation. Slovenian manufacturers are moving to the fore of the international supply chains as slow stamping-press speeds and frequent die crashes are regarded as not acceptable. 

Different educational institutions create knowledge that enhances the productivity and competitiveness of the metals industry, and develop its human resource base. Currently some 3,300 students are enrolled in undergraduate courses for occupations in the machining and metalworking industry. The number of students in secondary schools for metallurgy and mechanical engineering is nearly 9,100. 

An integrated, results-oriented education system providing young people and adults with critical career information resources and the skills they need to make effective educational and career decisions is widely appreciated by employers. Learning foreign languages is not a hobby in Slovenia but a practical business skill playing a crucial role in securing a job and enhancing one's career. Most people can speak good English and there are many German and Italian speakers.


Estimated gross annual labour costs in machining & metalworking industry for 2019

(Total cost per employee in €)

Source: www.plač & own calculations, 2019

Quality Link to Regional Markets

When forming strategic partnerships, innovating and accessing new customers, the country’s position on the doorstep of the fast-growing markets in central and south-eastern Europe is of key importance. With its cutting-edge technologies, a skilled workforce and high quality products, Slovenia is a hotbed of business opportunity for investors seeking to create a new paradigm in modern machining and tooling industry.

The EU Member States remain Slovenia’s biggest market and thanks to the decades of fostering economic links with its neighbours, Slovenia keeps expanding trade with the markets in the region. The leading Slovenian machining and tooling companies are among the most important foreign investors in the markets of South-Eastern Europe (SEE) and it is a clear benefit for their international business partners. 

Slovenia is an excellent base for accessing key customers and many international companies use it for their regional hubs attracted by the expertise of local managers and engineers, and their in-depth knowledge of the regional markets. There is little need for compliance training and cultural integration, there are no language barriers and a culture of transparency and accountability is at home in Slovenia. 

Productivity in Industry, 2018

Related GDP (PPP) per person employed in industry (in €)

Source: IMD - World Competitiveness Yearbook, 2019

Quality Infrastructure

The provision of efficient, reliable and affordable infrastructure services, such as water and sanitation, power, transport and telecommunications is crucial to economic growth and sustainable development. The level of infrastructure services is high in Slovenia as the pace of market development and output growth clearly show. Investors stand to benefit from general infrastructure such as highways and railroads and soft infrastructure (political, institutional, and legal environment) and Slovenia’s record of accomplishment is equally impressive in both fields. The fact that two Trans-European Transport Network (Baltic Adriatic and Mediterranean) intersect in Slovenia makes it a location of choice for investors that want to offshore some or all operations to a safe country with well-developed transport and IT infrastructure. The Adriatic Port of Koper is the shortest maritime connection for cargo arriving from Asia to landlocked countries of Central Europe through the Suez Canal.

The companies working in the metal forming and metal fabrication industry co-operate in clusters, professional associations, universities, research institutes, supporting fundamental and applied research that address technological barriers facing the industry. Designers and manufacturers of tools have been at the forefront of the industry providing a platform for toolmaking companies with CAD/CAM/CAE designed and manufactured tooling. Other companies benefit from comprehensive hi-tech solutions to increase productivity and speed delivery. These are large, as well as medium and small enterprises, well-known in the EU working to specifications of leading manufacturers in the automotive and aviation industry (Audi, Benteler, BMW, Chrysler, Alfa, Magna, Mercedes, PSA Group, VW), and non-metal industry sectors such as household appliances and IT. 

Leading domestic and foreign-owned companies

Principales entreprises nationales et étrangeres

  • Acroni / OAO Koks (Manufacture of basic iron, steel & ferro-alloys)
  • ADK (Lifting & handling equipment)
  • Aha emmi (Aluminium processing)
  • Akers Valji Ravne / Akers (Manufacture of specialty tools)
  • Arcont / Containex Container (Metal structures)
  • Croning livarna / Krombach International (Cast steel production and machining)
  • Daihen Varstroj / Daihen Corporation (Welding and thermal cutting machines)
  • Danfoss Trata / Danfoss International (Industrial machinery & equipment)
  • DOM-Titan / Securidev (Locks & hinges)
  • EMO - Orodjarna (Tools for sheet metal fabrikation, CAD/CAM/CAE designed tools)
  • Farmtech / Komptech (Agriculture & forestry machinery)
  • GKN Driveline Slovenija / G.K.N. Industries (Ball, needle and roller bearings)
  • Gorenje Orodjarna (Tools for sheet metal fabrication, plastics processing and CAD/CAM/CAE designed tools)
  • Impol group (Aluminium and aluminium-alloy products)
  • Kolektor orodjarna (Integral tooling services, production lines and machines)
  • Kovinoplastika Loz (Metal fittings, tools for sheet metal fabrication, plastics processing and die casting)
  • Kovis - Livarna (Railway locomotives and rolling stock)
  • Lama Avtomatizacija / Titus Tool Company (Furniture fittings, prefabricated systems, tools)
  • Lama (Fittings, assemby systems, tools)
  • Lestro-Ledinek / Ledinek Machinen und Anlagen (Woodworking machines)
  • Litostroj power / Energo pro (Integrated solutions for hydro energy equipment)
  • Livar (Grey and nodular cast iron castings)
  • LTH castings (Complex aluminium and magnesium high-pressure die-cast components and system) 
  • MLM - Mariborska livarna Maribor (Copper, copper alloy and aluminium alloy products)
  • Metal Ravne (Manufacturing of basic iron, steel & ferro-alloys)
  • Niko / Ring International (Variety of metal products designed mainly for the paper and wood industry)
  • Omco Feniks Slovenija / Omco International (Glass industry cstings, copper-based and other grey castings)
  • Orodjarna in inzeniring Alba Naue industries (Machine tools)
  • Palfinger / Palfinger (Cranes, hoists and winches)
  • Poclain hydraulics / Poclain Hydraulics (Hydraulic valves)
  • Preis SevnicaJägersberger (Metal tanks, reservoirs & containers)
  • SIJ - Slovenian Steel Group / OAO Koks (Flat and long steel products, forging steels)
  • Skrlj / SK-Group (Winemaking machinery and equipment)
  • Store steel (Steel bars for applications in the forging, spring and engineering industries)
  • Talum (Aluminium products: foundry alloys, extrusion ingots, evaporators, castings …)
  • TKO / Dunes Limited (Components for excavators, bulldozers and loaders)
  • Trimo / Innovo (Metal buildings, structures, façade panelling, roofs)
  • Unior (Machine and hand tools, forgings and sintered parts)
  • Yaskawa Ristro / Yaskawa Europe (Wide range of robotic solutions for industrial applications)

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