Croatian Koncar Now Synonymous with High Quality Across World

By 8 January 2021

January the 8th, 2021 - The Croatian company Koncar is very well known here and indeed across the wider region for its high quality products and the general level of respect attached to its name. Koncar is now earning respect across the world for the products it boasts under its belt.

As Novac writes, today, the name Koncar is recognisable all over the world and has rightfully become synonymous with a high level of quality and reliability. Koncar's equipment and plants located more than 100 countries on all continents are proof of these properties and are permanent monuments of the Koncar Group's praiseworthy achievements. The estimated share of exports in total revenues throughout 2020 for Koncar stands at about 65 percent, of which two thirds relate to other European Union countries.

This is the best indicator of the competitiveness of the Koncar Group's wide range of products and solutions in the field of energy and transport. By country in 2020, Koncar achieved the most significant exports on the markets of Sweden, followed by Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Finland and the United Arab Emirates, and generators and energy, distribution, special and measuring transformers were mostly delivered to those countries.

In 2020, Koncar also signed a new two-year contract for the supply of transformers of 100 to 630 kVA, voltage 10.5 and 21 kV for a German energy company. Although the cooperation with that company was significant before, in order to sign yet another new contract, the company needed to improve its technical design in accordance with the appropriate EU regulation. The contract was preceded by a demanding pre-qualification procedure, and state-of-the-art technical and technological solutions were used to meet the requirements of all corresponding and stringent EU regulations.

In additon to Europe, Koncar completed some complex projects on other continents in 2020, too. In 2020, This well known company made yet another bold new step forward in its product range and delivered nine transformers to an American customer for 525 kV and 250 kVA substations. These are also the largest transformers that the company has produced so far and are among the largest in the world of this type, in terms of voltage level and power.

The buyer of those transformers is one of the strategically most important power companies on American soil, given that it supplies electricity to customers such as the Pentagon, which further emphasises the importance of Koncar's realised projects. In Africa, the third unit at the Kambouro hydroelectric power plant in Kenya was put into operation as part of the second phase of its revitalisation. This is the second phase of the revitalisation of HPP Kamburu, and Koncar completed the first back in 2014 by replacing the excitation, protection and control system of motor drives.

A low-floor electric tram was also added to the list of Koncar's export products in 2020. After the reliability and quality were confirmed in daily operations in the City of Zagreb, which operates 142 trams, in November 2020, Koncar delivered the first of twelve trams intended for public transport in the city of Liepaja in Latvia. This cooperation began back in November 2018, when a contract was signed for the delivery of six low-floor trams, with the possibility of delivering additional vehicles when the funds for such a move were secured.

At the end of August 2020, Liepajas Tramvajs provided the funds needed for six more such trams, and again entrusted the production and delivery work to Koncar. Koncar's solutions for important subsystems, such as the main electric motor drive, auxiliary power supply, microprocessor control and communications, boxes and turntables, are all installed in those trams.

In 2020, Koncar contracted even more work here at home on the domestic market, and one of the most important projects it was engaged in was the completion of the Vis solar power plant which was put into operation by HEP back in September. In addition to "green" products in the field of energy, Koncar continues to successfully do well in the field of transport in Croatia. In response to the growing demand for passenger transport by rail, which is the most economic and environmentally friendly form of transport, Koncar has developed and manufactured electric and diesel electric trains. There are currently 27 of them in HZ Passenger transport/Putnicki prijevoz's fleet, and according to the obligations from the contract concluded back in 2014 and the addendum to the contract concluded in April 2020, Koncar will deliver another twelve such electric trains.

In addition, a new contract was signed with the same buyer in November this year - for the purchase and sale of 21 electric trains, eleven for suburban and ten for regional traffic. The Koncar Group also sees great potential in renewable energy sources and additional reduction of harmful impact on the environment, but also a step forward in the digitalisation of existing products and services, and in the coming years it plans to intensify activities in these areas through all of its business processes. A step in that direction was seen with the recent signing of a contract with the Croatian Transmission System Operator (HOPS).

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