Gornja Radgona – The Slovenian subsidiary of the Austrian group Rosenbauer, the largest producer of firefighting equipment in the world, had a record year in 2020 as turnover was up by more than 20% to EUR 35 million. The growing company continues to invest in production and infrastructure and is looking for additional skilled staff.
The Gornja Radgona-based company Rosenbauer has been steadily growing in the last ten years, and the number of employees has increased to 150. A majority of the employees come from the local environment, and include voluntary firefighters.
However, director Marjan Cvikl expects that this year’s turnover will be lower than that in 2020, as certain programmes do not work at full capacity due to the Covid-19 epidemic, while material is also getting more expensive and less available.
On the other hand, company is winning other projects, which makes is optimistic. “This year will not be as good as last year, although it will not be bad. We already see progress in 2022,” Cvikl has told the STA.
The company’s principal activity is production and sale of fire engines and firefighting equipment, and the plant in Gornja Ragona on the border with Austria is able to assembly an entire fire engine on various platforms.
As it is part of the larger producer of such equipment in the world, it also supplies various components to subsidiaries in Europe and the world, such as water tanks, extended cabs and elements for upgrading standard vehicles.
Cvikl explained that fire engines are very specific vehicles and that their production cannot be serial. At the moment, between 30 and 40 vehicles are manually assembled in the Slovenian plant annually.
The company constantly invests in production optimisation and infrastructure, with EUR 1.2 million going for investments last year, including for the construction of a 800 square metre pallet rack warehouse.
This year, Rosenbauer plans to construct a new production hall with accompanying facilities, estimated at EUR 1.7 million, where production is expected to start at the beginning of September.
The new production capacity would allow the company to increase the annual output to 150 vehicles, which is a long-term goal, Cvikl said, adding that the company continued to hire additional skilled staff.