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Zreče Automotive Plant Posts Record Sales

Zreče, 23 June (STA) - The Zreče automotive parts maker GKN Driveline, a part of the namesake global group, has reported record-breaking results for 2013 with sales up a fifth from the year before to EUR 57m and a net profit of EUR 4.2m. The company also projects growth for this and coming years.

"We implemented projects planned for last year one-hundred percent, so the business year was very good," company boss Andrej Poklič has told the STA, adding that current figures suggest the plans will also be trumped this year even though they were set almost 10% above last year's results.

The goal for this year is for sales revenue to top EUR 60m for the first time and Poklič expects EUR 63m is an achievable aim. Growth is also planned in the future with the projection of EUR 80-85m in annual sales for the coming years.

The main problem is a lack of space, so a solution is being sought to find a location to expand production locally because they would like to keep the whole production in Zreče (north-east). Investments are currently also aimed at replacing outdated machinery and increasing capacities.

A key for the increase in output was last year's investment in the production of spare parts for the Renault Twingo, which is also assembled in Slovenia, with the help of the SPIRIT agency for the promotion of entrepreneurship. Capital expenditure amounts to EUR 2.5-3m a year.

Apart from the Twingo, the increase was also due to the Daccia project, while the company is also in intensive preparations for cooperation with Suzuki's plant in Hungary, and also has well-established business with the Fiat plant in Serbia's Kragujevac.

Despite new deals, a major increase in the headcount is not planned for now, but there is a chance for the staff numbers to increase from the current 330 to up to 370.

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