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Austrian company constructs a

modern plant in Bosnia and

Herzegovina

The Austrian manufacturer of measurement and

laboratory instruments Anton Paar is planning to

build a new business and manufacturing facility in

the Municipality of Brod, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Mayor of the Municipality of Brod, Ilija Jovicic,

already handed over the building permit for the

construction to the representatives of the company

at the location Mocila and after that the foundation

stone was laid, the Foreign Investment Promotion

Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina reported.

The project is worth over 1 million euro and the

building construction phase is expected to be com-

pleted by the end of November this year. The compa-

ny plans to commission the facility and start produc-

tion in February 2018. Additional investments in mod-

ern machinery and equipment worth several million

euro are yet to be made in the upcoming years, the

Foreign Investment Promotion Agency added.

Remus to build a new production

facility in Sanski Most

The Austrian company Remus announced it was

building a new manufacturing facility in Sanski

Most, a city in northwestern Bosnia and Herzegovi-

na. Remus is one of the largest global producers of

exhaust pipes for the automotive industry. Current-

ly the company's personnel numbers 150 people.

The new investment is aimed at doubling the com-

pany's production and will result in hiring 130 more

workers, the company said.

Currently, more than 90% of its production Re-

mus exports to around sixty countries worldwide.

The whole production that will be manufactured at

Sanski Most is intended only for export.

Four years ago the company privatized the Turk-

ish manufacturer of plastic joinery Enka and adjust-

ed its facilities for the new business model.

Source: Pixabay

metallic mineral resources of Serbia includes Cu,

Pb-Zn, Au, Ag, Sn, Mn, U, Mo, Ti, W, Co, Sb and

Fe ores. The important group of industrial mineral

resources include: bentonite, boron minerals, re-

fractory clay, gypsum and anhydrite, diatomite,

dolomite, zeolite, kaoline, quartz sand, cement

marl, ceramic clay, limestone, magnesite, phos-

phates, chrysotile-asbestos, building industry

granulates (natural and crushed) and decorative

stone. Serbia also has significant resources of fos-

sil fuels, particularly coal and oil shale. The soft

brown coal (lignite) is of great economic impor-

tance since it represents the main source for the

production of electric energy.

Despite the mineral production of the country be-

ing meager, the Serbian government is working

towards providing a proper legal framework to en-

sure a secure environment for investors keen on

exploration and mining activities.

Slovenia

Slovenia is positioned where the Alps meet the

Pannonian Basin, Dinarides and Adria Foreland.

In this area, with the exception of the Alps, coal

was excavated at many sites of various sizes,

from small local pits to a number of large collieries

in which yearly production yielded tens to hun-

dreds of thousands of tons of coal.

The Slovenian coal deposits can be differenti-

ated into paralic (sea-shore) and intermountain

(mostly lacustrine-fluvial) coal deposits. The

first type usually consists of up to 2,5 m thick

coal seams in cyclically interchanging sequenc-

es of freshwater and brackish sediments, while

the second type usually consists of a small

number of seams or even of only one thick coal

seam. The Slovenian coal is mostly humic, only

exceptionally sapropelic. Both types of coal de-

posits - paralic and intermountain developed in

low-lying topogeneous marshes. Hence, they

are mostly moderate to ash-rich and contain

mostly 1-3% sulphur.

Only one coal mine is still in operation today

in Slovenia - the Velenje Lignite Mine - with a

production of 3,2 Mt in 2015, which is entirely

consumed by the nearby Sostanj Thermal Pow-

er Plant.

Nevertheless, Slovenia has considerable depos-

its of mineral raw materials. While all metal mines

are currently out of operation, the extraction of

construction and industrial minerals, such as ag-

gregates, clays, dimension stone, and some en-

ergy raw material deposits, i. e. coal and hydro-

carbons, remain active.

Turkey

Turkey is an emerging market economy and a

European Union (EU) candidate country that is

strategically located in both south-eastern Europe

and south-western Asia. Turkey's mineral sector

has increased its output and exports significantly

since 2002 and has been attracting higher levels

of foreign direct investment (FDI) for the last sev-

eral years. But many of the mineral resources of

the country remain undeveloped, particularly

those of copper, gold, lead, nickel, silver, and zinc,

and particularly those located in eastern Turkey.

Although not resource rich in mineral fuels except

for coal, Turkey has become a key energy transit

corridor for multiple operational and planned hy-

drocarbon pipelines between the energy-rich

countries of the Caspian Basin and the Middle

East, and the energy-consuming countries of the

EU owing to its unique geographic location be-

tween Europe and Asia.

The country's rich mineral industry produces

more than 50 mineral commodities from about

4500 known mineral deposits, including metals

and industrial minerals. In 2014, Turkey was the

world's leading producer of boron minerals (ac-

counting for 70% of world production), perlite

(40%), and pumice and pumicite (31%). It was

also the world's second producer of feldspar (23%

of world production) after Italy, and of magnesium

compounds (9%) after China; the fourth-ranked

producer of chromium (10%) and cement (2%);

the fifth-ranked producer of bentonite (4%); the

eighth-ranked producer of barite (3%) and crude

steel (2%); and the ninth-ranked producer of ka-

olin (4%). Turkey is a top producer of cement and

gold for Europe, as well as second-ranked pro-

ducer of steel after Germany. The country was

also the leading exporter of boron, marble, and

travertine in the world. Turkey is also a significant

source of value-added metals and industrial min-

eral commodities, such as cement and steel, ac-

counting for 2% of world production of both com-

modities.

Source: USGS Mineral Resources Program

Hidria awarded as best supplier

of PSA Peugeot Citroen

The Slovenian company Hidria and its subsid-

iary Hidria AET were awarded the prize for best

supplier, PSA Best Plant 2017 by PSA Peugeot Cit-

roen. The Idrija-based company is a manufacturer

of key parts for steering wheel systems and high-

performance electro motors for hybrid and electric

vehicles. The French multinational group is plan-

ning to continue working with Hidria on engine de-

velopment after 2022, the Slovenian firm stated on

its website. Besides the PSA group, Hidria also pro-

vides solutions for Opel diesel engines.

The company started its collaboration with PSA

Peugeot Citroen 17 years ago. Hidria's diesel en-

gine cold-start systems find application in all vehi-

cle models of Citroen, Peugeot and DS Automo-

biles with diesel engines. The Slovenian manufac-

tuer invests 10 million euro in developments and

solutions which will be embedded into vehicles af-

ter 2022, the company said. In the next five years it

plans to invest 26 million euro in its subsidiary Hid-

ria AET, which develops and manufactures top-

notch systems for diesel engine cold-start.

Source: Hidria