Saturday, 30 April 2022

Much Loved Brand Kras Creates Chocolate with Croatian Cvarci

April the 30th, 2022 - It might sound like a very late April Fool's joke, and it in fact began its ''life'' as such, but the much loved Croatian chocolate brand, Kras, has seriously created a chocolate bar with Croatian cvarci (pork scratchings) inside it. Here's where you can purchase it.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, it all started out as an April Fool's joke from the company on social media, but Kras recently announced on its official Facebook profile that they really have created a bar of much loved Dorina chocolate, but with Croatian cvarci inside it.

They first mentioned this combination in terms of an April Fool’s joke, but, as they explained for N1, the interest from people who saw the joke was so great, and the questions about the chocolate bar so frequent, that they really decided to make a Croatian cvarci infused chocolate bar.

Anyone who wants to try this chocolate for themselves, or just wants to buy it to keep on the shelf as a bit of a joke, can do so as of today as Kras choco and cafe. You may have to get your skates on, however, as this weird and wonderful chocolate bar is a limited edition and when stocks are gone, they're gone.

For more, make sure to check out Made in Croatia.

Thursday, 28 April 2022

Istria Proclaimed Best Olive Region in World for 7th Consecutive Year

April the 28th, 2022 - Istria has been proclaimed the world's best olive region for the seventh year in a row, which will hardly come as a surprise to most who flock every year to this part of Croatia to get their fix.

As Morski writes, according to the world's guide to extra virgin olive oils (Flos Olei 2022), Istria is once again the world's best region for extra virgin olive oils, this declaration has been given to the peninsula now for the seventh time in a row. This is especially important for the promotion of Istria as a destination because the publication boasts oils from all over the world, ie from 55 olive groves spanning 5 continents. As such, this part of the country's many olive growers have rightfully found themselves in the company of the world's 500 best with a total share of as much as 13 percent.

66 olive growers from across the peninsula produced such high quality extra virgin olive oil that they deserve a prestigious award, ie inclusion in the thirteenth edition of Flos Oleia.

In this latest edition, the so-called ''bible for extra virgin olive oils'', 67 oils from Croatia are included, of which 66 are from Istria and one comes from further south in Dalmatia. A large number of Istria's olive growers achieved even better results compared to last year, which is proof of the continuous work they put into raising their quality and the application of the latest scientific and technological achievements in olive growing.

The success of local olive growers is far from accidental. With favourable agro-climatic conditions, it is the result of numerous agricultural policies in that area over the past 25 years, such as the intensive education of local olive growers, the wider distribution of seedlings, but most importantly, loans approved by the County Fund for Agriculture and Agrotourism of Istria, as reported by Regional Express.

Thanks to education, the technology of olive growing in Istria has been completely altered, as has the time of harvest, and large investments made by local olive growers with the support of Istria County have enabled such huge steps forward. Huge investments and knowledge have been invested in the preparation of oils for the market, and all this has enabled the Extra Virgin Olive Oil "Istra" to gain protection at the European Union (EU) level. This mark of authenticity guarantees each consumer that all phases of production, processing, storage and bottling have taken place in Istria.

''The decision to brand Istria as a region which offers top agricultural products and not to choose quantity at the expense of quality proved to be a successful recipe. For the seventh year in a row now, we've had it declared that we've got the best olive oil in the world. Agriculture is a branch that requires a lot of hard work and investment, so my sincere congratulations and thanks go to all of Istria's olive growers. Istria County will continue to strongly encourage further development of this branch through the Fund for Development of Agriculture and Agrotourism of Istria, the construction of a public irrigation system, and projects and programmes implemented by the County Agency for Rural Development of Istria,'' said County Prefect Boris Miletic.

Istria has been declared the best olive growing region in the world for the seventh year in a row. This part of the country has taken on an important role and positioned itself as the second best olive growing region, just behind Tuscany. However, every year the advantage of Tuscany was smaller, and at the end of 2016, Istria took the leading position that it has maintained to this day.

For more on Croatian products, as well as olive oil from up and down the coast, make sure to check out Made in Croatia.

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Croatian Company Premifab Presents Distillation Sludge Recovery Idea

April the 27th, 2022 - The Croatian company Premifab has presented its innovative idea to tackle the issue of distillation sludge. The company is already very well known and respected in hazardous waste regeneration.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Marija Brnic writes, last week, during the visit of the Minister of Economy Tomislav Coric, the Croatian company Premifab from Sveta Nedelja, which is the regional market leader in hazardous waste regeneration, revealed that it is continuing to develop and invest 80 million kuna in a new plant in Ivanic Grad, and it has recently taken a step even further.

In cooperation with the Faculty of Geotechnics at the University of Zagreb, the Croatian company Premifab began to develop innovative piece of technology in the development of the recovery of distillation sludge into a useful raw material for further production processes in industry. The value of the project stands at more than 13.3 million kuna, half of which is being co-financed by European Union (EU) funds.

Igor Podravac, the co-founder of Premifab and the director of the company's business development, associate professor Aleksandra Anic Vucinic and Silvija Petkovic, a PhD student at the Faculty of Geotechnics and the head of quality control and labs at Premifab presented the significance of this project for industry and a more sustainable economy at a conference which was held at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK).

This was otherwise the inaugural conference of the IRI2 project "The development of new technology for the more efficient recovery of solvents and other types of hazardous waste", one of 23 Croatian projects in the field of research, development and innovation.

In the five years since it appeared on the market, the Croatian company Premifab has introduced a new standard in the regeneration of hazardous waste by converting as much as 95 percent of waste into raw materials, which it then returns to the shipper in the form of reusable solvents.

It deals mainly the automotive and pharmaceutical industries, as well as in the production of food packaging, and it already recovers more than 1,900 tonnes of solvents per year.

For more, make sure to check out Made in Croatia.

Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Zagreb Company Codel Boasts Unique Private Robotic Laboratory

April the 26th, 2022 - The Zagreb company Codel boasts a truly unique private robotic laboratory, making it stand out as the only enterprise in the Republic of Croatia to have one to its name.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Sergej Novosel Vuckovic writes, the Zagreb company Codel, with 30 long years of experience in the manufacture and design of systems for production and industry, will soon become completely ''Krizevci-owned''.

Codel has had a part of its activities in this continental Croatian town since back in 2016, and just recently it presented its laboratory in the Development Centre and Technology Park, where it researches and develops applicable robotics applications for industry. Not only that, but next year in the Gornji Cret Entrepreneurial Zone, the company plans to build a factory of its products.

Synchronised action

The Zagreb company Codel's laboratory, a space with several robotic ''beings'', is reportedly the first and only one of its kind in all of Croatia.

“Here, we show our clients our reach, to make sure they know we can do what they want. We're able to create a complete turnkey project, since the client comes and asks us what the problem is, and we solve it with the help of our technologies,'' explained Tihomir Hodak, the former director of Krizevci Entrepreneurial Centre, and who in recent years has become a member of the Board and the director of business development at Codel.

The range of technologies the Zagreb company Codel deals with includes industrial robotics and robotic movements in production, horizontal and vertical integrations in production, traceability and labelling, as well as Industry 4.0. In the lab itself, they showcased what makes the so-called multirobot cell.

“Several robots work in sync on a complex task, not one single robot at a time but three at a time, each one passing information to the other. For example, in the process of receiving and packing a product, a robotic arm turns its head and sends info to the next one in the line who picks up the product, puts it in a box and then ships it,'' Hodak explained.

"We're also counting on expanding our client base, we've already developed some projects that are awaiting technological approval. We've also done two pilot projects in the United Kingdom for e-commerce,'' Hodak revealed. It is imperative for the Zagreb company Codel, which is why they were at the big Gitex fair in Dubai as one of the only two Croatian companies, to automate logistics and warehousing processes, based on solutions that connect business systems with machines.

“Our goal is to increase efficiency and economy in warehousing processes with our own tech solutions. Only 5 percent of all warehouses in the world are automated to a certain level, and we've established that more than 65 percent of the costs of each warehouse fall on the people themselves. Therefore, any automation significantly reduces costs and errors and increases overall efficiency. However, our system doesn't eliminate jobs, but moves people into more productive jobs, where there can be no robot to do the work,'' pointed out Tihomir Hodak, who will say that his boss, owner and CEO Marijan Sever, is a huge technology enthusiast.

"The company's revenues are at the level of almost 9 million kuna, and that's without robotic projects, next year will those numbers will be significantly higher,'' concluded Tihomir Hodak, praising the work of the Zagreb company Codel's employees, all of whom are very highly qualified engineers.

For more, check out Made in Croatia.

Friday, 15 April 2022

Croatian Hacker Denis Perisa Darkman's Brainchild Owed to Pet Cat

April the 15th, 2022 - The most well known Croatian hacker, Denis Perisa Darkman, has come up with something rather innovative and creative indeed - a new smart house of sorts.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Croatian computer scientist and hacker Denis Perisa Darkman now has a new brainchild. To be more specific, he has devised a system of sensors that can automatically close windows in a house as soon as the first drop of rain starts falling outside.

This idea came to him thanks to no less than his pet cat, who may get into bother when left alone at home.

When it comes to Denis Perisa Darkman's cat-inspired idea, the blinds close on their own in the ground floor apartment if it starts to rain outside. Denis placed a small optical sensor on the roof of his building in the Sibenik neighbourhood Krvavice, where he lives, and that does the job, RTL news writes.

"When the first drop of rain falls down and hits the sensor, it sends out information that it is currently raining in this neighbourhood. The second phase takes place anywhere. So, I put that information publicly, online, so that everyone can use that information for their own projects,'' said Denis Perisa Darkman, a computer scientist and hacker.

Denis' cat helped him come to this idea, as he wanted to make sure his beloved pet was safe whenever he wasn't home with him. Just before the sensor on the windows closes the blinds in case of rain, a sensor from inside the apartment shows whether or not his cat is inside or outside, as well.

For more, check out Made in Croatia.

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

Zagreb Startup Optimoroute Gains Impressive Results in USA

April the 13th, 2022 - The Zagreb startup Optimoroute has been gaining some truly excellent results across the pond on the American market.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Sergej Novosel Vuckovic writes, the recently held American-Croatian Forum in Zagreb raised questions from many domestic companies about what they can provide to Americans and Americans in business. The successful Zagreb startup Optimoroute was able to give them the answer and a hint at the direction in which they should go.

The Zagreb startup Optimoroute stated that Croatian enterprises should try to place an innovative product with expertise in its application and adaptation for different industries. The company run by the Saric brothers - Marin (Chief Executive Officer, CEO) and Frane (Chief Technical Officer, CTO), as co-owners (the third is their friend Goran Kukolj) has developed software, ie a platform for route optimisation and organisation and scheduling field work for the likes of deliverymen and drivers, which brings savings to companies.

With today's disrupted logistics-distribution-supply chains, any method that would reduce the consumption of both variables in the saying "time is money" is highly desirable, and this is best recognised by Americans, Optimoroute's most numerous customers, of which they have more than 2,500 worldwide.

"Our biggest market is America and it has the strongest growth (70 percent of all our revenue), and we have very good results in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Our sales team routinely deals in foreign markets without talking to them live or on the phone. How much we've grown is best shown by the fact that this year alone we sent several million SMS messages through which we informed our customers about the details of their deliveries or the arrival of their service technicians,'' the Zagreb startup Optimoroute's founders explained. There are also small florists and factories, distributors, and also sector leaders among their clients:

“Our client and fresh food supplier is Hardie’s whose 160 trucks make thousands of deliveries a day across the state of Texas. With the OptimoRoute platform, they reduced the distance travelled by 20 percent and increased their delivery capacity by 16 percent. The planning process has been accelerated 8 times, and now one person is doing what a team of people used to do,'' say the Saric brothers. Just how efficient and adaptable their innovative platform is for all SUVs is illustrated by yet another example:

"When a severe snowstorm hit the northeastern United States recently, some 16 million Americans were affected. The services involved in snow removal used our platform with which they could act in the field much faster. Given that with our software, one person does more work in half a day than a team of 8 logisticians would do in a month, it isn't surprising that we've reached a lot of clients,'' explained the men behind the Zagreb startup Optimoroute.

"We're currently in talks and we hope that some of those talks will result in some new customers as they're aware of the importance of modernising their logistics to become more competitive in the global market," said Frane and Marin Saric. An important piece of news for their business, aside from the fact that they have doubled their number of employees to 40 since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and that they have grown significantly when it comes to revenue, they also believe that they have attracted top managers. Although their entire engineering process is right here in Croatia, Optimoroute is, as they say, an international company that employs experts from the USA, as well as from the rest of Europe in France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

"As energy prices continue to rise, companies are becoming more sensitive to fuel consumption, which is another reason why our platform is so useful to them," concluded Frane and Marin Saric from the Zagreb startup Optimoroute.

For more, check out Made in Croatia.

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

VIDEO: Rimac Team Test Out Stunning Nevera in Extreme Conditions

April the 13th, 2022 - The Rimac team have been testing out Mate Rimac's stunning Nevera in some rather extreme conditions close to the Arctic Circle up in Sweden.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the Rimac team completed two intensive weeks of winter testing with the gorgeous Nevera supercar back in March at Pirelli’s Sottozero Centre near the Arctic Circle in Sweden. With unusually warm daytime temperatures, the Rimac team spent their time testing the car at night when temperatures were at their lowest and as such their most extreme, adjusting systems such as the ABS, ESP and torque vectoring, and before delivering the very first production cars.

After several years of simulations and testing on tracks, as well as in various test centres across Europe, the all-electric 1914 hp Rimac Nevera has already passed its homologation crash tests for the US and EU, serial production is underway and deliveries to customers around the world will begin in the next few months. However, to ensure that each management system works perfectly in all conditions, the Rimac team headed up to Sweden to confirm the results they had previously achieved on the road, on the tracks and in the climate chambers.

This environment was an ideal opportunity to test the Nevera on its recommended winter tyres - Pirelli P Zero Winter. This type of tyre is characterised by a special mark on the side that testifies to the joint development that Pirelli carried out in partnership with Rimac. Nevera's standard summer tires are otherwise Michelin Pilot Sport 4S.

Miroslav Zrncevic, Chief Development and Test Driver, said: ''Testing the Nevera on a low-adhesion substrate allows us to make consistent and accurate observations of how our systems operate at low temperatures. Things happen much slower on this than they do on asphalt, and we have nice, even, smooth handling paths so we know that the data we get isn't being affected by surface imperfections or temperature changes. After these two weeks of testing, we're happy to see exactly the results we wanted to achieve.''

Mate Rimac, the CEO of Rimac Group, said: “For us, this process of testing in extreme conditions was an opportunity to perfect the Nevera, ensuring that it's perfect before the first deliveries go out to the owners. Even after two weeks spent at temperatures of around -15 ° C and with a rather demanding testing regime, our prototype met the conditions by achieving 100 percent of the expected results, so we know that all our core systems can work reliably even in extreme conditions. What we also wanted to achieve is to develop a super sports car that can be driven and enjoyed by someone who isn't the most experienced driver. Finding a balance of creating an exciting, driver-adaptable yet safe ride in a 1914 hp car with four independent electric motors has been our goal since day one, and as testing nears the end, I can say with certainty that this is exactly what we achieved with the Nevera.''

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Monday, 11 April 2022

Brodosplit Should Construct Half a Billion Dollar Luxury Vessel This Year

April the 11th, 2022 - The well known Croatian shipyard Brodosplit should be responsible for the construction of a massive luxury vessel which would boast apartments on board and be worth half a billion euros.

As Morski writes, imagine living in an apartment aboard a luxury ship and sailing the world's seas and oceans. It sounds like a futuristic scenario or like something out of a film, but it is a reality and it should start taking shape this year - and right here on Croatian soil. The British company Storylines plans to build a residential ship worth more than half a billion euros, and it will be built by Croatian hands at Brodosplit.

The construction of the Narrative - one of the most luxurious residential ships in the entire world - should start right here in the Republic of Croatia this year, with 547 residences ranging from one to four bedrooms. The most expensive boat apartment will cost 7.1 million euros, and the apartments will be rented out - for about 350 thousand euros for a period of 12 or 24 months, writes Skveranka.

The Storylines company behind the ship says the ship that Brodosplit will be in charge of building will have 20 restaurants and bars, three swimming pools, an art studio, a bowling alley and a pet/animal exercise area, and fitness enthusiasts will have a running track, a gym and a yoga studio at their disposal, as well as golf simulators.

The most innovative aspect of the design is the water-level marina deck where passengers will be able to use jet skis or kayaks, or simply dive down into the sea below when the gigantic vessel is moored.

The ship is currently in the design and engineering phase

It will be, as they pointed out from Storylines, the most luxurious residential ship that will enables the citizen of the world to live a healthy and active life full of freedom and adventure, all while maintaining their work and family life. A life in which they can enjoy unique, unforgettable life-changing experiences as they travel the world from the comfort of their homes.

Narrative is expected to sail the world every 1,000 days, stopping for a few nights in most ports. Residents will be able to come and go as they please, invite friends on board to stay or rent their apartments when they are not at sea.

Storylines points out that Narrative, which will operate on cleaner liquefied natural gas, is now in the design and engineering phase, and that the first steel should be cut later this year at the Brodosplit shipyard.

''We're excited to work together with the Croatian shipyard Brodosplit in Split on our first private residential ship which will be called MV Narrative. It was important for us to build a ship here in Europe and we're delighted with the partnership with Brodosplit on the project,'' said Storylines co-founder Shannon Lee.

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Saturday, 9 April 2022

Croatian Company Galeb to Make Military Underwear for Next 4 Years

April the 9th, 2022 - The Croatian company Galeb, based in the Central Dalmatian town of Omis well known for its textiles throughout the country and beyond, is set to make military under garments for the next four years.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Marija Brnic writes, the Omis-based textile company Galeb will equip the Croatian Armed Forces with underwear for the next four years. At the tender of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Croatia which was opened at the end of last year, this Croatian enterprise was the only one to submit a binding offer for the job, and the Ministry of Defense announced that it successfully met all of the conditions.

A framework agreement with an estimated value of 33.5 million kuna will be concluded with the Croatian company Galeb, while this year, the delivery will be realised in the amount of 8 million kuna. According to the tender documentation, the largest approximate quantities needed by the Ministry of Defense for this year are in the part of military T-shirts and shorts in olive green, of which 34,000 pieces were ordered, while significantly smaller quantities of blue and khaki/camel underwear were requested, as well as functional underwear and military pyjamas.

The Ministry of Defense reserves the right to control the level of quality in certain stages of the production of these items, and delivery is planned, depending on the type of product, within a maximum of 120 days from the conclusion of the contract.

For many years now, more precisely since way back in 1996, the Croatian company Galeb has been supplying its products to the Ministry of Defense, and has been gaining more and more success in the international market of special clothing products, thanks to the excellent cooperation it has with the Ministry of Defense. By meeting the high quality standards and obtaining the AQAP certificate, the Ministry of Defense opened the door to the citizens of Omis to participate in public procurement tenders for NATO members. It is the only textile company that has managed to meet NATO's high competition standards twice since Croatian independence was declared following the Homeland War.

In addition to the army, the Croatian company Galeb supplies its products to the Croatian police (MUP), the Civil Protection Directorate, as well as to the Customs Administration of the Ministry of Finance. As for the quantity and further orders in the years to come, they will, as has been determined by the Ministry of Defense, depend on the needs, as well as the amount of funds provided in the military budget.

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Friday, 8 April 2022

Top Gear Car Magazine Gives Mate Rimac's Nevera Prestigious Award

April the 8th, 2022 - The Top Gear Magazine Electric 2022 awards has awarded Croatian entrepreneur Mate Rimac's stunning Nevera a prestigious award.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, just weeks after being named GQ Magazine's Hypercar of the Year, Rimac's gorgeous  Nevera won the Best High Performance Electric Car Award at the prestigious Top Gear Electric 2022 awards. These Top Gear car magazine awards, organised and judged by a team of experts from Top Gear each year, highlight the most important cars around the world in a number of different categories.

Speaking about the impressive Nevera, the assistant editor of Top Gear magazine, Tom Ford said: “The evolution of the revolution - Nevera is a summary of the technological knowledge of the Croatian manufacturer Rimac, and when it comes to electricity and advanced control systems, Rimac is the god of lightning.''

A new generation of fully electric hypercar

Rimac's Nevera represents a paradigm shift in automotive performance, technology and design. The new generation of fully electric hypercar has also unlocked new dimensions of performance that were once considered unattainable. 1914 horsepower produced by four electric motors, running it from 0-60mph in just 1.85 seconds and up to 100mph in 4.3 seconds. The Nevera was named the fastest production car in the entire world last year, crossing a quarter of a mile in a world record of 8,582 seconds.

“When we first introduced the all-electric Concept_One supercar at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in 2011, it had no competition - the idea of ​​sports and supersports electric cars was still abstract. But today, with Nevera, we find ourselves in a market full of extremely impressive all-electric sports cars from some of the world’s largest manufacturers. On behalf of the team of people who have worked tirelessly to improve the Nevera over the past few years, it's a great privilege to be singled out by the amazing group of Top Gear experts as the best high-performance electric car in the world today,'' said Mate Rimac, the CEO and founder of Rimac Automobili.

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