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Italian Automotive Company Opens Plant in Slovenia

Mirna Peč, 11 October (STA) - Italian automotive company CECOMP has opened a metal stamping plant in an industrial zone near the south-eastern village Mirna Peč in an investment valued at EUR 10.5m that also won a EUR 850,000 state subsidy.

Assistant director of CECOMP Slovenija Ivana Zamparini told Thursday's inauguration that production at the plant that will employ 35 staff by the end of 2016 would be launched in April 2014.

The plant will supply parts to Revoz, the Slovenian plant of the French car maker Renault, for the Edison project, in which Revoz will manufacture the latest generation of the Twingo city car and Smart's four-seater in Slovenia in conjunction with German car maker Daimler.

Between 600 and 800 parts ordered by Revoz are planned to be put out daily, while talks are under way to establish cooperation with various car manufacturers in Austria, Hungary and Germany.

The site was chosen due to its proximity to the motorway and various automotive companies, which the plant will supply.

The 6,000-square-metre production hall contains 14 tools and three heavy presses. Production will be conducted in a single shift.

Based in Turin, CECOMP specialises in developing prototypes and models for car manufacturers such as Lancia, Maserati and Toyota and manufacturing of the electric Bluecar for the French Bollore company.

The company employs 130 staff in Italy and a further 30 in China, according to Zamparini, who lauded local support in the implementation of the project.

"Slovenia offers excellent opportunities for company growth and encourages social responsibility, helping boost economic development and competitiveness," the company stated in a press release.

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