Herz Armaturen focusing on its
production near Ljubljana
The Slovenian manufacturer of faucets and valves
Herz, part of the global company Herz Armaturen,
started constructing a new 5000-square-meter facto-
ry. The local division, based near Ljubljana, an-
nounced it was investing four million euro in the new
production facility. The expansion of the company’s
operations in Slovenia, who is currently employing
270 workers, is planned to open 70 to 100 new jobs.
The aim of the investment is to make it possible for
Herz to double its production capacity.
Herz was established in 2016 after the merger
of the local Unitas and Kovina. It is focusing on the
further development of its business in Slovenia due
to a rise in orders, the company’s CEO Damir Rutar
recently announced in front of local media.
More than half of the new facility’s floor area
will be used for production purposes and the rest –
for storage. The company expects to be able to
start the production of ball valves and faucets in
the new manufacturing plant in September 2018.
LiSEC to present several product
innovations at glasstec 2018
LiSEC is planning to present several product
innovations at the upcoming exhibition glasstec
2018. The company will focus on the areas of glass
cutting, glass processing, flat glass lamination, and
insulating glass production. In 2016, we were able
to greet 7000 visitors to our booth; this year, we
clearly raised the bar and increased our goal for
the number of visitors and qualified leads,“ explains
Filip Miermans, Head of Marketing and Corporate
Communications at LiSEC.
This year, LiSEC announces the showcase of all
systems featuring the new machine design that was
presented in 2016. Additional area for GLASTRON-
iC is also planned - a member of the LiSEC Group,
specialized in purchasing and selling used LiSEC
machines which, depending on customer needs,
are also refurbished. The company has its head-
quarters in Hungary, and it also produces glass
racks, which will also presented.
Among the products to be presented at glasstec
are: High-performance machine for automatically
cutting flat glass (SprintCut); High-performance ma-
chine for automatically cutting laminated glass
(VSL-A37/33); Flat glass processing line with water
jet technology (SplitFin: EPS & MRX-B Water Jet);
Laminating machine featuring a high-pressure au-
toclave (ConvectLam 2); Automatic butyl extruder
for solid spacers (LBH-B25ARS); Bending machine
for sharp“ corners (BSV-B45NK).
Could you tell us what differentiates
Essex from the other winding wire pro-
ducers in Europe?
Essex Europe is the European division of Superi-
or Essex, company based in Atlanta USA whose
facilities are located in 9 countries including Cana-
da, Mexico, China, Malaysia, Germany, Italy, UK
and starting from November 2018 in Serbia as well.
More and more customers have a global presence
and Superior Essex is the only magnet wire pro-
ducer able to supply them with a local presence
and the same quality whatever the Essex location.
Furthermore, we have formed a specific Automo-
tive business Unit to answer the growing need of
magnet wire in the electrical vehicles and propose
to our automotive customers a dedicated organiza-
tion and new technical solutions. Finally, Superior
Essex innovation center based, in Fort Wayne,
USA, brings innovative solutions for all our custom-
ers around the globe.
Earlier this year the company started
the constructionof its first facility in the
SEE region.What factors contributed to
choosing Zrenjanin, Serbia as a loca-
In order to follow its customers base developing
production capacities in SEE and preparing the de-
velopment of winding wire usage thanks to the ve-
hicles electrification trend, Essex decided to expand
its business. We have decided to invest in Serbia,
taking into account its extraordinary geographic lo-
cation and a broad base of qualified personnel. This
location helps us to compliment the Essex Europe
plants in Germany and Italy plus brings local ser-
vice to nearby manufacturers of electric motors for
all industries including automotive.
Essex Europe operates 4 other Europe-
an plants. What will be the main focus
Our plant in Zrenjanin, Serbia
brings local service to
Eric Laurent, Sales and Marketing Director at Essex Europe,
for South-East European Industrial Market magazine
of the production in the new Serbian
facility and what technologies will be
The facility in Zrenjanin will occupy 15 000 sq. m
and its production will be focused on the round wire
enameled copper wires. Same as the other Euro-
pean facilities, the plant will be equipped with state-
of-the-art equipment. Modern gear and implemen-
tation of Industry 4.0 process will enable us to fulfill
highest standards in term of quality. In addition, we
remain committed to the sustainable development
so the factory hall in Zrenjanin will be one of the
most energy-efficient plants in Serbia thanks to the
optimization of the production process in accor-
dance with the advanced practices in this field.
Essex isglobally knownas an innovator.
What is needed to achieve constant
technological progress and place inno-
vative products on the market?
One of the challenges we face daily is to develop
new products that meet the needs of our clients in
every aspect. That is why our technicians, engi-
neers and line operators work with them very close-
ly. The results are customized solutions, based on
85 years of expertise, knowledge, and modern
technology. The new innovation center, based in
Fort Wayne USA, is also a strong support for the
local R&D team, based in Europe for example.
What are your observations on the auto-
motive market in the SEE region and in
particular – the electric car industry?
By 2040 more than 50% cars sold at global level
will be electrical. SEE region is no exception to this
rule. This region is known as strong automotive
area. Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary stand
out in particular, so our customers coming from
these countries are already very pleased to know
that we are opening factory in Serbia.