Thursday, 30 September 2021

Croatian Company Koncar Strengthening Position in Sweden

September the 30th, 2021 - The Croatian company Koncar is busy strengthening its position on the Swedish market after having signed its first contract with a Swedish system operator, worth a massive 63 million kuna in total.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Lucija Spiljak writes, the month, the Croatian company Koncar (Koncar Energy and Transport Engineering (KET) signed its first contract with the Swedish distribution system operator Vattenfall Eldistribution. This 63 million kuna strong contract includes a very complex reconstruction of the 130 kV plant at the transformer station (TS) 220/130/70/20 kV Finnslatten in Västerås, which is located not far from the Swedish capital of Stockholm, and was signed by Ivan Tomsic of the Croatian company Koncar.

The contract is the result of three years of systematic performance and sales activities on the Swedish market, and Koncar states that it was obtained in strong competition from local reputable companies.

“Based on its own extremely high standards, the customer has carried out a pre-qualification procedure for a project that is of strategic importance for supplying the industrial zone and priority customers. Special emphasis was placed on safety at work, compliance of business processes with quality monitoring and environmental protection systems and detailed safety checks of all members of the project team,'' they say from the company.

The reconstruction project of TS 220/130/70/20 kV Finnslatten, which is expected to be completed in the middle of 2023, is a complex project involving the replacement of the external, air-insulated 70 kV plant with a new 130 kV plant. The reconstruction process includes the preparation of all of the project documentation, the delivery and replacement of high-voltage primary equipment, secondary equipment, auxiliary systems, the construction of a new control building, as well as the necessary construction work, functional tests, and the commissioning and maintenance during the warranty period.

In addition to all of the above, which is extensive enough on its own, the subject of the contract also involves the procurement and laying of 145 kV cables and other equipment for the purpose of connecting priority customers on the route of 4 kilometers.

According to what is currently known about the deal, the Croatian company Koncar will, in addition to the local subcontractor for construction works, rely on its own experts for project management and design, and will also open a branch office that will serve the local implementation of this and all future projects in Sweden.

“The development of activities over on the Swedish market is supported by the recently received decision on the selection of the Croatian company Koncar as the best bidder for the project of reconstruction of secondary protection, control and SCADA systems for the Swedish transmission system operator Svenska Kraftnat. This project represents a very complex project involving the reconstruction of secondary systems of 400 and 220 kV transformer stations, which confirms the quality, professionalism and expertise of Koncar from sales to the implementation of complex projects on the wider EU market,'' the company concluded.

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Thursday, 16 September 2021

Innovative Altpro Braking Equipment on Croatian-made Trains

September the 16th, 2021 - The Croatian company Altpro is engaged in the development and production of signalling and other safety equipment for trains and their accompanying infrastructure. Thanks to the recent signing of contracts between them and Koncar, their equipment is set to be placed on Croatian-made trains.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes, Altpro has its headquarters in the City of Zagreb, and as they explained, both contracts they signed with Koncar regard the delivery of their equipment for the automatic train protection system which Koncar develops.

Both contracts relate to the supply of Altpro’s built-in vehicle safety systems (ATP) equipment. The first contract defines the delivery of 21 sets of installed equipment for 21 electric Croatian-made trains which Koncar has built for Croatian Railways (Hrvatske zeljeznice).

Each set of built-in equipment includes a central unit of the RAS8385 IS type, as well as all vehicle peripherals. The second contract defines the delivery of one set of installed equipment for the vehicle for track maintenance, which Koncar also builds.

''This set of built-in equipment includes the central unit of the newly developed ATP device type RAS90, as well as all vehicle peripherals. The new RAS90 is fully developed by Altpro and operates on the I60 principle as well as the PZB90 principle, which is based and developed on the experience gained through long-term use. The RAS90 complies with the latest European (EU) technical and safety requirements,'' they explained from the company headed by Zvonimir Viduka.

They added that the end customers in both cases are Croatian-made trains and Croatian railway companies that have recognised the quality, reliability and other advantages of Altpro's products in the field of railway safety. From this technology company, they emphasised that these two contracts will ensure the stability of Altpro's business in the future and strengthen their company's presence and references across the wider market.

Altpro, which currently employs 180 people, signed a 40m-euro contract with the railways in India late last year, and Viduka commented that the company has been trying to break into the Indian market for as long as fifteen years, and that it is worth around 2.5 billion euros in their industry.

He revealed the recipe for export success, saying that a Croatian product must be innovative and rare in order to be successfully exported. ''The detectors we've developed for monorail trains are unique in the world, they aren't produced by anyone else. So, you need to specialise in something closely and become the best at whatever that something is. This is our philosophy, to be the best in the world in the three niches we deal with,'' Viduka explained, adding that the coronavirus pandemic has brought them some huge problems, especially given the situation in India.

“Our engineers go over there to assemble the products, so they have to go into self-isolation when they return home. That's why we've digitised everything we can and adapted what we can to the maximum. However, at the end of last year, we managed to return to the results we enjoyed back in 2019, which a record year, and by the end of the year we exceeded it, which is an exceptional achievement,'' said the leader of Altpro, Zvonimir Viduka.

He also pointed out that Croatian Government economic and job preservation measures helped to overcome the most difficult period caused by the pandemic and lockdowns.

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Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Croatian Koncar Group Earns 124% Higher Net Profit in First Half of 2021

August, the 3rd, 2021 - The Croatian Koncar Group (Grupa) has seen quite the increase in terms of net profit in the first six months of 2021, despite the previous and continued obstacles caused by the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic.

As Novac writes, in the first half of the year, the well known Croatian Koncar Group generated an impressive net profit of 74.3 million kuna, which is an increase of 41.2 million kuna or 124.3 percent when compared to the same period last year, according to the company's financial report published on Thursday.

"The Croatian Koncar Group ended the first half of 2021 with excellent results and all key business indicators show growth compared to the same period last year," said Gordan Kolak, President of the Management Board of Koncar Elektroindustrija, in a comment on the aforementioned financial report.

In that period, consolidated operating revenues grew by 18.3 percent to 1.6 billion kuna.

According to the data from the financial report, the companies operating under the wider umbrella of the large Croatian Koncar Group generated consolidated revenues from the sale of products and services in the amount of 1.6 billion kuna in the first half of the year, which is 251.9 million kuna or 18.8 percent more than in the same period last year.

Revenues here on the Croatian market amounted to 609.5 million kuna, which is 37.3 percent more, while revenues from sales to foreign markets increased by 9.6 percent, to 983.6 million kuna. Thus, the share of exports in total revenues from sales of products and services stands at 61.7 percent.

The most significant exports were realised on the demanding German market, amounting to 181.6 million kuna or 18.5 percent of total exports, followed by Sweden, to which goods and services were exported in the amount of 145.4 million kuna or 14.8 percent of total exports, and then Austria with 78.8 million kuna or 8 percent of total exports.

Koncar pointed out that in addition to sales, excellent financial results were achieved - EBITDA amounted to 129.7 million kuna and was higher by 46 million kuna when compared to the first half of last year, and their EBITDA margin amounted to 8.1 percent (in the same period last year it stood at 6.2 percent).

Operating profit amounted to 81.3 million kuna, while the Croatian Koncar Group's net consolidated result amounted to 74.3 million kuna, which is 41.2 million kuna more than in the same period last year.

In the first half of the year, the companies of the wider Koncar Group contracted new business (contracts) in the amount of 2.2 billion kuna, which is 691.8 million kuna or 46.5 percent more new business compared to last year. Of the total amount of contracted work, 956 million kuna (43.9 percent of the total contracted work) was contracted for the domestic market, and 1.12 billion kuna (56.1 percent of the total contracted work) referred to export contracts.

The backlog at the end of June amounted to 4.8 billion kuna, which is 13.8 percent more than at the beginning of the year.

The sales revenue plan is fully covered by the contracted works, and by the end of the year, the contracting of new works for realisation in 2022 and the following years is expected. At the end of the first half of the year, the backlog for realisation in the following years amounts to 3 billion kuna, it is stated.

The further growth of newly contracted business in the first half of the year, the balance of contracted business (backlog) and the growth of all business indicators are a reflection of a series of activities undertaken by the Croatian Koncar Group in this very complex economic situation, said Kolak.

He also pointed out that in an environment that still contains many uncertainties related to the coronavirus pandemic, they have shown resilience and focus on business partners, employees, production and commercial activities and are satisfied with what has been achieved in the first six months of this business year.

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Monday, 12 July 2021

Croatian Koncar Succeeds in Asia with Job Contract in Japan

July the 12th, 2021 - The Croatian Koncar company, which is very well known on a global scale for its expertise and high quality work, has succeeded on the Asian market as Japanese jobs are contracted.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Suzana Varosanec writes, the Croatian Koncar - Generators and Engines (GIM), owned by its parent company Koncar - Elektroindustrija, made a very significant step forward onto the challenging Asian market back in mid-May.

Following two entire years of continuous bidding and a tough negotiation process, the Croatian Koncar company earned a large contract over in Japan for the first time in its history. In this regard, the company, one of the components of the Koncar Group, pointed out that the delivery of the signed contract includes "the design, production and supervision during the installation of three generators for two different small hydropower plants."

The first phase of the project will be completed with the successful commissioning of a 5.2 MVA synchronous generator (240 min-1) at Shin Sakagami SHPP, they explained, while the second stage will be completed when the 5.2 MVA (240 min-1) synchronous generator is put into operation, followed by an asynchronous generator with a nominal power of 0.546 MW (366 min-1) at SHE Utsubo.

This is a contract that is a continuation of the Croatian Koncar company's highly successful cooperation with an Austrian turbine manufacturer, and over the next three years the two companies should justify the trust placed in them by Japanese consultants with their work. However, given the fact that this is the first time that Japanese investors have chosen a turbine manufacturer based in Europe, Koncar GIM will not only work hard to introduce itself, but is also expected to be a pioneer in opening the market to other European manufacturers.

This market is widely known for being very demanding, and the company got involved in a challenging project precisely due to typically demanding Japanese consultants and sky high expectations. The Austrian partner and the customer have recognised the competencies and capabilities of the Croatian Koncar, which are harder and harder to find, and decided they were by far the best choice for this kind of solution.

It also turns out that Japan is one of the markets in this segment that puts quality, technical solution and good communication in the first place, above all else. After the first contract on the Japanese market, Koncar could expect many other similar projects in the future, as well as more in various other areas of business. It's worth noting that the share of exports in total revenues from the sales of Koncar Group products and services with references to 130 world markets in the first quarter of this year reached 67 percent, and the most significant exports were realized in Germany, Sweden, the UAE and Austria.

Two thirds of the the Croatian Koncar company's total exports go to the EU market, which again speaks of the quality of their products and the solutions that they successfully offer in this also very demanding market. Koncar GIM has 375 hydropower plants built and revitalised across the world - individual products are adapted to customer requirements and form a niche market for the company's business, and 700 generators are produced and revitalised. Their business results are based on their own product development and production, cooperation with other companies operating under the wider Koncar umbrella, as well as numerous scientific institutions.

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Wednesday, 19 May 2021

After Century of Existence, Koncar Group Remains Leader in Development

May 19, 2021 - The Koncar group began its history 100 years ago in a workshop in Zagreb. Today, it is known as a regional leader in the power industry and in the production of rail vehicles. Apart from becoming one of the largest Croatian exporters and the bearer of innovations, quality standards, and technological progress, the Koncar group has also grown into a symbol of longevity and tradition.

As Jutarnji list reports, with an immeasurable contribution to Croatian industry, the Koncar Group has references in almost 130 countries, to date, they have produced and delivered more than 400,000 transformers of various types, voltage levels, and powers, partially or completely built and revitalised 375 hydropower plants, produced and revitalised 700 generators as well as manufactured and delivered nearly 200 low-floor trams and trains.

At the Koncar group, the tradition of knowledge, innovation, and commitment to the company is nurtured and developed from one generation to another. Generations have participated in the creation of one of the leading regional technology companies. Throughout its existence, Koncar has always been one of the leaders in development in its activity and the overall Croatian economy. Products and equipment made by this company are present on all continents, and the realised export in the hundred-year history of 6.4 billion USD is proof of its top quality, reliability, and constant technological progress.

In 2021, the Koncar Group celebrates its 100th anniversary, and the beginning of this celebratory year was marked by excellent business results and strong organic sales growth. Consolidated operating revenues for the first three months of 2021 amounted to an impressive 709.2 million kuna, which is 15 percent more than was recorded back during the same period in 2020. 

"Despite a difficult period, we were able to act quickly and adjust our business processes to the "new normal'' in order to maintain a positive business trend. That acts as proof of our expertise, quality, knowledge, and the courage we showed during the pandemic. We'll continue to work diligently, taking into account the well-being of all of our customers, employees, owners, and business partners,'' the President of the Management Board of Koncar, Gordan Kolak concluded.

One of the main assets of the Koncar Group, which is the development and production of rail vehicles, has greatly contributed to the aforementioned excellent results. Thus, Koncar confirmed its status of a Croatian synonym for rail vehicles with a contract with HŽ Putnički prijevoz (passenger transport), as it will deliver 12 electric trains for urban-suburban and regional traffic. This business area of ​​the Koncar Group is recognised on the international market, especially when it comes to electric trams. In November 2020, the Koncar Group delivered their first tram to the Latvian city Liepaja, and a total of twelve of them for that customer, more specifically Liepajas Tramvajs, will be delivered by April 2022.

With such cooperation, Croatian railway transport will certainly experience a significant step forward. The export of trams to Latvia has opened the doors of the European Union for this well respected Croatian company.

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Monday, 25 January 2021

Milanović Speaks With Representatives of Končar Electrical Industry

ZAGREB, 25 January, 2021 - President Zoran Milanović on Monday received representatives of the Končar Electrical Industry Group, on the occasion of the company's 100th anniversary, the President's Office said in a press release.

The President of Končar's Management Board, Gordan Kolak, presented the members of the new management board to President Milanović, as well as the current business operations and the existing business activities and development plans of the group, which consists of 14 companies.

Representatives of Končar said that the company's focus in the future would be on electrical energy and on increasing exports, which already make up nearly 60% of total revenues.

As one of Croatia's largest exporters, Končar is planning to export mostly to Germany, Sweden, Austria, Latvia, Hungary, North Macedonia and the UAE.

At today's meeting, it was said that professional and educated employees were important for Končar's development and successful competition.

The company currently has 3,500 employees.

As the biggest business successes in 2020, the company's representatives mentioned the production of transformers for substations for a buyer from the USA, the production of low-floor trams for a buyer from Latvia, the construction of the biggest solar power plant in Croatia on the island of Vis, and the continued production of electric trains for the HŽ Passenger Transport company, the press release said.

Monday, 25 January 2021

Croatian Koncar Group Cites 2020's Difficulties, Expects Growth in 2021

January the 25th, 2021 - The Croatian Koncar Group wasn't immune to the seemingly endless woes of 2020, but the large company still expects growth this year with the advent of the vaccine and the potential for some form of business and economic normalisation.

As Novac/Vedran Marjanovic writes, the Croatian Koncar Group has proven to be resilient to the ongoing coronavirus crisis and even expects revenue growth of ten percent this year, as was announced yesterday by the President of the Management Board of the Croatian Koncar Group, Gordan Kolak.

''The source of growth, first of all, we see in the beginning of the procurement of the HZ Passenger Transport (Putnicki prijevoz) trains, but we still see foreign markets, primarily Germany, Sweden and Austria, as primary in terms of the placement of our goods and services,'' stated the head of the Croatian Koncar Group, which consists of fourteen companies within the wider group and a joint venture with Siemens, as well as around 3,500 employees. Their annual revenue stands at an impressive three billion kuna, of which exports make up sixty percent.

When it comes to one of the company's most significant current export ventures, the sale of trams to the Latvian city of Liepaja, Gordan Kolak indicated that twelve of the contracted trams will be delivered to Latvia this year and next year.

Referring to the impact of the ongoing global pandemic on the Croatian Koncar Group's overall operations, Kolak stated that it is mostly reflected in the difficult access to new foreign markets, but, he also warned, it also lies in creating a new approach in markets where the Croatian Koncar Group is already present. The report on Koncar's operations throughout the pandemic-dominated year of 2020, announced Kolak, will not be presented before first being published on the Zagreb Stock Exchange.

''In any case, we had revenue growth last year, but at the moment I can't talk about the scale of that growth. The general situation on the global market is favourable for our company,'' he concluded.

This year, the Croatian Koncar Group is celebrating its 100th anniversary of doing business, and as one of the interesting things related to the jubilee, Kolak stated that Dragutin Pusic from Koncar, who designed the first logo of the company, will also celebrate his very own hundredth birthday.

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Friday, 8 January 2021

Croatian Koncar Now Synonymous with High Quality Across World

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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Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Koncar Delivers First Low-Floor Trams to Latvian City of Liepaja

November the 10th, 2020 - The coronavirus pandemic has put an enormous amount of business of all kinds on pause, or cancelled it all completely. It's difficult to read a positive business story of late, with the spread of the new virus and government measures making imports, exports and travel of all kinds more and more difficult. Koncar, however, has managed to succeed in the city of Liepaja.

Koncar is known throughout Croatia and the country's immediate region for its continued successful business operations in often difficult and unfavourable conditions, and not even the ongoing global pandemic has managed to throw a proverbial spanner in the works of the company's business moves.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, on Monday, the company Koncar - Elektricna vozila presented the first low-floor electric tram of the twelve that were contracted, which will operate on the streets of the Latvian city of Liepaja, with the value of two contracts for these trams amounting to around 18 million euros in total.

The tram is intended for public transport around the city of Liepaja which is located the Baltic coast, and this is the delivery of the first of a total of twelve contracted trams for a Latvian customer, with their production defined within the scope of two contracts.

The collaboration between Koncar and its Latvian client initially began back in November 2018 when a contract was signed for the delivery of six low-floor trams for the city of Lijepaja, while the second contract, which regarded six more trams, was concluded back in August this year. The purchase of these Koncar-built vehicles is co-financed from European Union (EU) funds in the generous amount of 85 percent.

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Monday, 9 November 2020

Koncar Presents First Tram for Latvia as Part of €18 mn Project

ZAGREB, November 9. 2020 - Croatia's Koncar Electric Vehicles company on Monday presented the first of the 12 low-floor trams for the city of Liepaja in Latvia, and the value of the two contracts for those trams is about €18 million.

Co-operation started in November 2018, when the first contract for the delivery of six low-floor trams was signed, while the second contract, for six more trams, was signed in August 2020. Eigthy-five percent of the procurement is financed by EU funds.

The President of the Managing Board of Koncar Electric Vehicles, Josip Ninic, said that in addition to Koncar Group companies other entrepreneurs from Croatia also participated in the project.

Despite the difficult epidemiological conditions, including suppliers, especially those outside Croatia, being late, the tram was finished on time, Ninic said.

"These contracts are the confirmation of our focus on export, as well as of our competitiveness and quality," he stressed.

The sixth tram, the last one from the first contract, will be delivered in May 2021, while the trams from the second contract will be delivered from October 2021 to April 2022.

Ivan Bahun, Deputy President of the Managing Board and President of the Supervisory Board, said that Koncar had earlier successfully produced and delivered 142 low-floor trams for the City of Zagreb, a project that had been entrusted to Koncar as the leader of the Crotram consortium following an international tender.

Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic said that 60 low-floor trams that had been promised to Zagreb citizens had not yet been done. He expects they could be produced in the next four years.

He said that he was proud that the tram would be sent to Latvia, which is the first time Koncar's tram was going outside Croatia.

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