The number of Bulgarian
companies at Light + Building
Yaskawa is building a robot
factory in Slovenia
Yaskawa has launched the construction of a
new robot manufacturing facility in Slovenia, the
Japanese automation company announced. It plans
to produce 80% of its European robot demand in
the facility. In addition, the factory will manufacture
the first Motoman robots that are purely European
production, the company added.
The Asian robot maker is investing about 25
mln. euro in this expansion of its European opera-
tions, opening approximately 200 new job positions.
Yaskawa currently employs around 350 develop-
ment and application engineers in Europe, the com-
pany stated in its press release.
The new robot plant in Slovenia, along with two
other large projects in Europe - a new production
and office center in Nantes, France and a new fac-
tory with office workstations in Torsas, Sweden,
are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018.
Yaskawa is also expanding the production and
warehouse space of its European headquarters for
the manufacturing of robotics in Allershausen, Ger-
many with 4000 extra square meters.
Coca-Cola expands its Bulgarian
The Bulgarian unit of Coca-Cola Hellenic Bot-
tling (HBC) is investing 20 million euro by the end
of 2018 in the expansion of its factory in Kostin-
brod, near the capital Sofia, the company an-
nounced. It plans to construct a water main to the
town in order to improve the facility's operations
and its production capacity. The project is expect-
ed to improve the working capacity of the factory
with 30%, Svetoslav Atanasov, CEO of Coca-Cola
HBC Bulgaria, said in an official statement.
In 2018 the global brand celebrates its 25th an-
niversary on the Bulgarian market. The new invest-
ment is another step aimed at strengthening the
company's business in the country after it decided
to relocate all its Finance and HR working places
from Weimar, Germany to Bulgaria.
During its 25-year development in the country
HBC has invested in the local market a total of 550
million euro. The company employs about 2000
workers. "The aim of the new investment is to make
the Sofia-based manufacturing plant a regional cen-
ter and to export production to other countries in
the region and to more distant countries", Sofia
Invest Agency concluded.
Source: Coca-Cola Bulgaria
Director Brand Management
at Light + Building
The next edition of the Light + Build-
ing international exhibition is upcom-
ing. What are your expectations as an
Naturally, we are looking forward to a great
event! After all, Light + Building is the world's
leading trade fair for the sector, which gives ex-
hibitors an unrivalled opportunity to present
their company and products to a broad audi-
ence of trade visitors from all around the globe.
At the same time, it is the place to make new
contacts and to find the right business partners.
Moreover, Light + Building is the international
trade fair for decision makers: 53 percent of all
visitors have purchasing and decision-making
authority. Never has there been a better chance
to do business with the whole world than by tak-
ing part in just one event in Frankfurt am Main -
after all, around half of the 216 000 visitors
come from outside Germany.
A trade fair of innovations, Light + Building
brings together all power-controlled building-
services systems and promotes integrated
building planning with a spectrum of products
unrivalled in both horizontal and vertical terms.
In line with the high level of dynamism in the
sector, the outlook for Light + Building 2018
could hardly be better. All market leaders have
registered, and we expect a total of around
2600 exhibitors to launch their new products
onto the world market for lighting, electrical en-
gineering and home and building automation.
Light + Building is a great source of ideas and
decisive impulses. Now, it is set to confirm its
unique position as the world's leading trade fair
for the sector in 2018.
Howmany and what kind of Southeast-
ern European companies will partici-
pate this year? Which country is most
represented and what, in your opinion,
is the reason for that?
The pace of development in the various coun-
tries does indeed differ greatly. On the whole,
however, the number of companies from the in-
dividual countries taking part has grown contin-
uously over recent years. Moreover, many com-
panies are catering for the demand from their
own market before turning to the export mar-
ket. Naturally, successful companies must also
prepare for the export market and Light + Build-
ing is a good starting point to do so.
What is the position of Bulgarian com-
panies in the event? How has that posi-
tion developed through the years?
It is noticeable that the number of Bulgarian com-
panies taking part has increased over recent years.
Many of them use Light + Building as a gateway to
a successful export market. To date, 14 Bulgarian
companies have registered to exhibit at Light +
Based on participants in Light + Build-
ing over the years, what are your obser-
vations on the lighting solutionsmarket
in theSEE region? Is it competitivewith
others in terms of quality of the prod-
Light + Building presents the complete inter-
national range of products for all applications
and all different markets, each of which has its
own very different requirements. At the world's
biggest trade fair for lighting and building-ser-
vices technology, the industry shows intelligent
and interconnected solutions, future-oriented
technologies and the latest design trends,
which increase not only the economic efficien-
cy of a building but also the level of comfort,
safety and security of users - from complete
product lines to custom manufacturing, every-
thing is represented.