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.

Monday, 18 May 2020

Modernisation: Koncar Making 12 New Trains for Croatian Railways

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 18th of May, 2020, Croatian Railways (HZ) has ordered twelve new trains for suburban and intercity traffic from Končar's company - Electric Vehicles.

The move marks an investment worth a massive 465 million kuna and it is part of the investment cycle of Croatia's much needed railway modernisation, which is being realised with foreign loans and money from European Union funds, writes HRT.

This is one of about twenty electric trains that Croatian Railways (HZ Putnički prijevoz) ordered from Končar, and the new twelve brand new modern trains should be in service in a couple of years.

''The trains are low-floor trains adapted for easier entry for people with reduced mobility, the vehicles are equipped with a passenger information system, video surveillance, wireless internet access, passengers have space for bicycles and also for additional luggage,'' said Josip Ninić, President of Končar-Electric Vehicles.

The high-tech product was developed by Končar's experts with domestic subcontractors.

''Trains like this are very expensive, the lowest price is around 40 million kuna. Such trains boast numerous pieces of sophisticated equipment, software solutions and all of this was purpose-developed in Končar. The trains were made according to all of the necessarily global standards and we've already sold one to Bosnia and Herzegovina,'' emphasised Ivan Bahun, a member of the Management Board of Končar.

Končar is also hoping for new jobs for Croatian Railways, which has announced a tender for the procurement of 21 more trains that would be financed with European Union money. Croatian Railways would contract 37 new trains by the end of the year.

''These trains will run next year on the newly renovated sections of the railway to Zabok to Križevci and the section to Vinkovci. We'll raise the quality and the frequency of this type of transport, we'll reduce operating costs and change the perception of the railways,'' stated Željko Ukić, President of the Management Board of Croatian Railways.

In addition to trains produced for Croatian Railways, Končar worked diligently on the overhaul of foreign locomotives throughout the coronavirus epidemic, as well as on the first tram for a foreign customer.

The first of six contracted trams made for Latvia should start working in the autumn.

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Monday, 22 July 2019

Končar DST Posts H1 Net Profit of 18.7 Million Kuna

ZAGREB, July 22, 2019 - The Končar Distribution and Special Transformers group generated a net profit of 18.7 million kuna in the first half of 2019, which is an increase of 4.1 million kuna or 28% compared with the same period in 2018, its financial statement shows.

Consolidated pre-tax profit was 23.7 million kuna, up by 21% from the first half of 2018 when it was 19.6 million kuna. Total consolidated revenue rose by 23% to 561.6 million kuna.

The management board described the group's business as stable, citing ongoing activities to improve organisation, rationalise business, promote development, cut costs, secure new deals and increase competitiveness.

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Friday, 13 July 2018

Croatian Company Viking Obtains 2 Million Kuna From EU

Good news for further development with the welcome help of European Union funds.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Croatia’s Končar to Build First Post-War Hydroelectric Power Plant in Bosnia

Austria’s Strabag wanted more money, so Končar took over the contract.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Končar Gets 13 Million HRK for Safer Trams in Zagreb

The existing trams that drive through Zagreb's streets are set to receive additional devices and software to ensure the greater safety of both passengers and pedestrians.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Sale of Končar Complete, Pension Funds Now Hold 45% of Stock

Although stock remained in domestic ownership, it is a surprise the state is willing to give up such a market leader

Monday, 28 March 2016

Končar Signs a New Contract in Finland

After successfully completing the refurbishment of 24 generators across Finland since 2003, Končar Generators and Motors will now work for Pohjois-Karjalan Sähkö Oy in the region of North Karelia

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