- Thursday, June 15, 2017 2:54 PM
Skopje, 15 June 2017 (MIA) - Plant for production of automotive seats "Adient" opened in the Strumica industrial zone on Thursday. The investment of the United States company amounts to US$20 million, opening over 1,300 jobs.
Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, U.S. Ambassador Jess Baily, Directorate for Technological-Industrial Development Zones (DTIDZ) CEO Viktor Mizo and "Adient" Vice-President of Operations, Vladimir Teplik attended the opening.
PM Zaev said the Government is committed to the Euro-Atlantic integration process, which opens the country's business opportunities.
"The opening of 'Adient' began before the formation of the new government. Back then, in the capacity of Strumica Mayor, I provided my strong support, and today I welcome the opening of the plant that brings new jobs. My message is that we will go a step further and secure Adient's stay here to be a longer one. Through reforms, EU and NATO perspective, laws and regulations, zero corruption, we will create conditions for new investments, but also provide financial support to domestic companies. This will create competition that moves economic processes forward, increases salaries, improves working conditions", added Zaev.
Ambassador Baily stressed this is an excellent example that the economy can develop through joint efforts, securing a better future for citizens.
"The first investment of former 'Johnson Controls' was introduced by one government and the entire project was supported by the next. I say this not as a historic curiosity, but as an indication that success depends on cooperation. We should move forward, create a new future for the people, create new jobs for your talented people, showing that Macedonia is committed to its EU path, whereas the United States are a loyal friend in this process", said Baily.
DTIDZ CEO Mizo said today's opening of the "Adient" plant marked the launch of the Svidovica zone.
"Companies operating in the industrial zones post continual growth. We expect the number of employees to rise to 10,000 and EUR 2 billion worth of exports by the end of 2017", stressed Mizo.
Adient representative Teplik said this is the largest and most sophisticated plant in the region, an investment exceeding US$ 20 million and employing more than 1,300 people, which confirmed its commitment to investments in the Macedonian economy.
"One year ago we announced the construction of our plant and today we are standing in front of it. This investment is another clear proof of our intentions to invest in Macedonia's economy and another important step in the expansion of our network in Europe, providing diverse products based on quality, technology and performances for our clients", added Teplik.
"Adient" has 230 facilities in 33 countries, employing over 75,000 people worldwide. ik/14:50
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