Ljubljana, 28 June (STA) - The Automotive Cluster of Slovenia (ACS) adopted at its general meeting on Thursday a development strategy for 2012-2016, aimed at making a breakthrough and positioning the cluster on the global map as a recognisable and desirable network of suppliers, the ACS director Dušan Bušen said at a press conference.
Despite the difficult global economic situation, the ACS - whose mission is to help its members reach leading positions and ensure their competitiveness in Slovenia and the global market - believes the strategic goals to be realistic.
The cluster, which joins over 60 Slovenian companies and R&D institutions, is also working to strengthen the network of partners to provide better business opportunities, to influence legislation guidelines linked to the automotive industry, form a pool of knowledge and information and ensure their flow among members, Bušen explained.
The companies of the cluster generated a total of EUR 3.2bn in sales revenues in 2011, of which 80% was on foreign markets, he said, adding that the growth of revenues for this year is planned at 5-7% despite the crisis.
Iskra Mehanizmi CEO and vice president of the ACS supervisory board Marjan Pogačnik stressed that, unlike other similar associations, the automotive cluster is constantly growing and progressing successfully.
As regards the main factors in future business, Bušen listed a healthy financial environment, taking the opportunities on new markets, access to quality labour force, care for innovation and facing the challenges of environmental and energy regulation and transforming them into business opportunities.
The cluster also works on representing the Slovenian automotive industry on foreign markets. This year, it has been opening doors for Slovenian companies in Japan, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia and Serbia, while it is also organising an international consultation in Slovenia in mid-September, according to Bušen.