Saturday, 12 March 2022

Croatian Dok-Ing System Impresses Saudis at Riyadh World Defense Show

March the 12th, 2022 - The Croatian Dok-ing company has well and truly impressed the Saudis with its recent appearance at the World Defense Show in Riyadh, during which it presented one of its most innovative creations - Komodo.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Lucija Spiljak writes, the Croatian Dok-ing company has now ended its appearance at the World Defense Show which was being held in the City of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Whilst there, it presented Komodo, a multi-purpose robotic modular system for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) hazards, which garnered a lot of curiosity and interest from the Saudi Army, Navy and National Guard.

As has previously been written about, other versions of the Croatian Dok-ing's Komodo should include the field of military engineering, logistics, electronic warfare and support for combat operations.

As such, the Croatian-made Komodo can become a very effective combat tool, a tank in fact, which can be very reliably and safely controlled remotely. The vehicle weighs a massive 12.5 tonnes, and various modules weighing up to 10 additional tonnes can be mounted onto it.

This impressive Croatian Dok-ing company machine can operate in conditions where internal combustion engines cannot operate because it has a hybrid drive. The individual cost of the system could stand at a whopping 5-10 million US dollars, depending on customer requirements and any desired additional upgrades.

The project is still in its prototype phase, and the first commercial copies should be delivered to customers in the year 2024.

Dok-ing is an entirely Croatian company, but in addition to this country, three other European Union (EU) member states are participating in an EU co-financed project - Austria, Slovenia and Hungary - and it is as such assumed that Komodo will find its place in civil protection and military units out there on the ever-demanding global market.

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Saturday, 2 October 2021

Innovative Croatian Robotic System Komodo Premiered at ASDA

ZAGREB, 2 Oct, 2021 - The innovative remote-controlled robotic system Komodo, which works in extreme nuclear, biological, chemical and radiological conditions, was premiered at the 2021 Adriatic Sea Defense & Aerospace Exhibition and Conference (ASDA) in Split from 29 September to 1 October.

The Komodo is a product of Croatian intelligence and we are ready to make about 60 units a year, Gordan Pešić, business development manager at DOK-ING, the company which manufactured the robotic system, told Hina on Saturday, adding that the Komodo attracted the attention of domestic and foreign military experts at ASDA.

He said the Komodo was designed to assist in various natural and technical disasters and threats, including terrorism, by removing all obstacles which hindered rescuers in their actions.

The Komodo can also remove unexploded explosive devises and decontaminate buildings as well as personnel, he added.

This product has been chosen as a partner in the European Defence Agency's Permanent Structured Cooperation initiative, Pešić said.

The manufacture of this unique remote-controlled robotic system cost HRK 18 million and was co-financed by the European Structural and Investment Fund, he added.

Pešić said DOK-ING, which makes special demining vehicles, cooperated with the Defence Ministry, including in absorbing money from the European Defence Fund.

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Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Dok-Ing Seeks Path to EU Funding Through Croatian-Slovenian Consortium

September the 28th, 2021 - The well known Croatian company DOK-ING has signed a letter of intent to form a Croatian-Slovenian consortium of companies in the field of security and defense with the Croatian companies Orqa and Defensphere and the Slovenian companies MIL Sistemika and Bijol.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes, an agreement was also signed between the Croatian and Slovenian defense industry competitiveness clusters with the aim of providing support to the defense industry sector of the two neighbouring countries in the use of available EU funds. The signing was held as part of the eighth International Fair of Defense, Security, Protection and Rescue SOBRA, which took place from the 23rd to the 25th of September, 2021, in the Slovenian town of Gornja Radgona.

The new Croatian-Slovenian consortium, composed of members of the competitiveness cluster of the defense industry of the two countries, opens the possibility of joint application to the future European Defense Fund and the use of European Union funds made available in the field of defense. The association of cluster members is also a consequence of the long-term promotion of connecting companies that, through the transfer of knowledge and joint action, work to strengthen their own capabilities for the development of high-tech products and positioning on the highly demanding international market.

"DOK-ING has been present in the defense industry worldwide for thirty years now, and it's always looking for new and innovative solutions that can improve its existing product portfolio and develop completely new products for the global market. We're extremely pleased that as an international leader in the market of robotic systems for special purposes, we've signed a letter of intent for cooperation on the eve of the upcoming European Defense Fund with the companies Orqa, MIL Sistemika, Bijol and Defensphere.

By connecting these companies, transferring knowledge and new technologies, as well as exchanging business experiences on foreign markets, opportunities open up for the development of advanced innovative systems that can be financed from European Union funds. This is our opportunity to translate our common knowledge and potential into products that will be imposed as systems of the future of the defense industry, and which will be competitive worldwide,'' said Ana Pesic, a member of the board of Croatia's DOK-ING.

“Orqa d.o.o. is an international market leader in the field of research and the development of video glasses and systems for remote-controlled and unmanned platforms. The European Defense Fund is an excellent opportunity to finance projects that combine the knowledge, experience and capacity of companies from our consortium into globally competitive products. The key to the resilience and growth of the Croatian defense industry is in the direct support of the competent state administration bodies to projects that have great added value and high-tech elements. I believe that the coming period, supported by the European Defense Fund, will be a new impetus for the development of the defense industry sector,'' said Tomislav Krolo, Chief Operating Officer (COO), at Orqa d.o.o.

DOK-ING is otherwise a well known and respected Croatian company based in Zagreb which boasts offices in the USA and South Africa. It is an international market leader in the design, production and delivery of high quality and proven robot systems for special purposes to customers from around the world.

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Thursday, 1 July 2021

Croatian Dok-Ing Presents Robotic System for Military and Civilian Use

July the 1st, 2021 - The Croatian Dok-Ing company has presented the world's very first robotic system for both military and civilian use, putting Croatia on the map when it comes to robotics and other innovative technologies once again.

Robotics might not be among the first things one would associate Croatia with, but the country has come on leaps and bounds in this regard over recent years, with robotics even entering the school system in some areas. This has allowed Croatian children to have the opportunity to learn about the skills likely needed for the future as technology changes rapidly and on a global scale.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes, the Croatian Dok-Ing company, which has been a global leader in the production of autonomous vehicles for demining, mining and firefighting for three decades now, recently presented its new project - Komodo.

As Vjekoslav Majetic, the founder of the Croatian Dok-Ing company pointed out, Komodo is the synthesis of all previous knowledge and technology of this company in one single product.

Komodo is a ''tank'' that can be used in all kinds of extreme conditions, whether they be war conditions or civilian ones, anywhere where it has become too dangerous for people to be present unless absolutely necessary. The Croatian Dok-ing's new robot is modular and can be adapted to various missions, from extinguishing fires in a chemical or nuclear environment through to sampling and analysis, to weapons and combat operations as a classic combat vehicle or tank.

Komodo, which has a hybrid diesel-electric drive, should be in series production by the year 2023. The price will stand at an eye-watering 5-10 million euros, depending on the equipment and orders, and Majetic says that they could deliver about 100 of these impressive Croatian machines a year.

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Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Zagreb Dok-Ing Begins Production in China, Expects Growth

March the 17th, 2021 - The Zagreb Dok-Ing company has expanded its production to as far away as China, and as such is expecting growth of above ten percent despite the ongoing economic woes plaguing the world.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Suzana Varosanec writes, along with here at home in Europe and in the Middle East, the increasingly pronounced market for the strategic expansion of the Zagreb Dok-Ing company´s business is the vast continent of Asia. They have recently been present in South Korea, and it seems that they will soon enter the demanding Chinese market.

If the plans to expand into the Chinese market do end up materialising for this Croatian company, as an enormous challenge due to high demand, where the 'law' of large numbers reigns and where the economy is very much protected from the arrival of foreign investors, the upcoming period for this company owned by Vjekoslav Majetic will bring business growth with estimates of at least ten percent.

A preliminary agreement regarding the launch of demining robot production there for the Chinese Government and the Chinese Army can be said to have been reached, so the determinants of potential activities in China through the establishment of a joint venture with a Chinese partner are now known.

However, in order to establish cooperation and joint venture investment, a little more time is needed. A concrete outcome in the form of a contract can be expected most likely by the summer. As things stand after six months of negotiations, the current phase still seems to presuppose the conclusion of all of the the final details.

the Zagreb Dok-Ing company owner, noting that the time is not yet ready for any deeper comments, stated that the head of business development and sales of Dok-ing, Gordan Pesic, travelled to China this week.

Unlike Dok-ing's export placement, which is a world leader in demining robot production with a very impressive share of over 50 percent, the model concerning China assumes a joint investment in a factory with a Chinese state-owned company in the production of cranes and industrial machinery.

This requires the legal definition of positions in the field of intellectual property rights. The total investment stands at approximately 100 million kuna in shares, with investments in the form of business premises of a Chinese partner and the rights of a Croatian company in the field of intellectual property and consulting services.

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Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Croatian Robotic System From DOK-ing Being Delivered to Montenegro, Austria

February the 23rd, 2021 - There has been a lot of advancement when it comes to Croatian robotic systems and Croatian-made robots in general, with progress constantly being made and the eye on Croatia looking ever more strongly at what is being designed and produced.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Suzana Varosanec writes, Dok-ing, a well known and now leading Croatian company in the field of the development and production of remote-controlled systems for humanitarian demining, underground mining and other types of crisis management, has delivered a unique command and communication centre with a multifunctional Croatian robotic system for crisis situations to the Ministry of the Interior (MUP).

This Croatian robotic system is already being used by the State Intervention Unit of Civil Protection Zagreb, and this is otherwise the first of three Dok-ing deliveries to the Ministry of the Interior, part of the project of the modernisation of the country's fire fighting capabilities, an undertaking worth a massive 218 million kuna. The aforementioned Dok-ing deliveries are scheduled for the months of April and August for the south and east of the country.

Once all three systems are completed, the Republic of Croatia will be able to meet its obligations under the European Union's Civil Protection System through assistance in the event of major disasters and disasters with nuclear, chemical and biological threats.

This Croatian robotic system has already proven its strength and overall capability during its involvements following various accidents in Russia and in several countries across Asia and Europe, and its delivery to two nearby countries, Austria and Montenegro, for their respective needs as nations, is now being thoroughly prepared.

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Saturday, 7 November 2020

Croatian Robots: DOK-ING Opens Company in South Korea

As Novac/Bernard Ivezic writes on the 6th of November, 2020, the Zagreb-based company DOK-ING, a manufacturer of Croatian robots, is one of the world's ten largest manufacturers of demining robots. It has opened a company in South Korea and the new subsidiary, which will support and maintain Croatian robots for customers on the South Korean market, is part of this company's strategic plan to expand its operations across Asia this year and next year.

DOK-ING plans to open a branch in China after South Korea, and dicsussions surrounding entering the Chinese market, as has since been learned, have progressed. Gordan Pesic, head of sales and business development at DOK-ING, says they have opened a new company with a strategic partner.

''We're constantly looking for strategic partners. This is how we build a distribution and sales network, and this is especially interesting for us at the moment in Asia, where the demand for robots is growing, and by entering the South Korean market, through partnership, we have opportunities for new collaborations,'' explained Pesic.

He stated that DOK-ING sold its first MV-4 demining robot to the South Korean army last year and delivered the same back in May this year. It was their first job on the market there. In the meantime, he added, DOK-ING won a new tender in which the army ordered two more Croatian robots for the purpose of demining. The value of the first contract stood at a massive 5.3 million kuna, and the value of the new one is around the 12 million kuna mark. These two new Croatian robots will be delivered next year.

DOK-ING's Croatian robots are part of the beginning of a new unit within the South Korean military whose goal is to deal with remote and robotic demining methods and other engineering jobs. In addition to delivering robots, the job involves education. The first Croatian robot is already in use in the demilitarised zone between South and North Korea.

''We entered South Korea strategically, considering that we sold several robots there last year and this year. As a development company, the closer we are to the customer and the better we can understand their plans and needs, the better we can offer solutions and robots,'' noted Pesic.

Along with South Korea, DOK-ING has been cooperating the most with the United States this year. And there, their biggest customer is the army. Last year, the Zagreb manufacturer delivered six Croatian robots to the US Army, and by the middle of this year it had delivered three more.

Pesic says that they are recording good results in other business segments as well, especially in ore mining robots. This year, the Zagreb company received special recognition in Russia, where, thanks to the XLPD robot, the efficiency of ore extraction rose up to 43 percent in hard-to-reach-areas. These hard-to-reach locations make up a third of uranium deposits, so new contracts are likely to keep on coming to this successful Croatian company.

''We expect that 2020 and 2021 will be record-breaking, because we will have large deliveries,'' concluded Pesic.

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