Macedonia

Produs/Serviciu: Compania macedonieana producatoare de apa minerala plata si carbogazeificata doreste sa exporte produsele sale pe piata romana, precum si sa deruleze parteneriate si schimburi de experienta cu firme romanesti de profil.

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Automotive Components

Macedonia has had a history of auto component  manufacturing. In the recent privatization process, a number of companies have been bought by overseas investors and continue to produce a range of components for cars, buses, trucks and locomotives.

 Existing component manufacturers in Macedonia supply to the European, Russian, Turkish and African markets, amongst others. Investors in Macedonia can freely export to a market of over 650 million people. The automotive industry in these markets is particularly buoyant as  global players over the last ten years have invested over €20 billion in car manufacturing in Central and Eastern Europe alone, and further investment is anticipated.

 Macedonia offers a particularly cost-competitive operating environment for auto component manufacturing. The labor force is well educated, flexible and has a strong work ethic. The educational system is willing to collaborate with incoming investors in finding ways to meet their skills needs, as demonstrated by one of the major universities training 165 students in Java and C++ in anticipation of the needs of Johnson Controls, which has constructed a $40 million facility outside Skopje to manufacture electronic automotive components.

 For more information about automotive components sector in Macedonia, please refer to the following sector study:

Information and Communications Technology

 Macedonia has an excellent supply of well-educated IT experts at among the lowest labor costs in the region. Some 500 IT graduates are produced annually in the Universities. A software engineer with 1 to 2 years experience costs from €500 to €600 net per month.

 The telecommunications system is first class and is regarded as the best in the region.

 A number of international companies such as Seavus (Sweden), Netcetera (Switzerland), M Soft (France), 6PM (UK/Malta) are successfully developing software in Macedonia for the export market and others are providing 24/7 telephone customer support for major multi-national IT companies.

 For more information on the information and communications technology sector in Macedonia, please refer to the following sector study:

 

 

Healthcare Products

With a well established pharmaceutical industry, Macedonia is supplying primarily finished generic products to over 30 countries in the region and beyond. The country has a strong educational bias towards the medical and healthcare professions, with a surplus of qualified medical doctors and pharmacists emerging from the education system every year.

The salary levels of qualified medical staff are substantially lower than those of comparable staff in the EU, to the extent that medical tourism is constantly on the rise. The regulatory environment in Macedonia is highly supportive of new healthcare investments.

Agribusiness and Food Processing Industry

The agribusiness and food processing sector is traditionally one of the strongest sectors of Macedonia’s economy. The Government views its development as one of its strategic priorities, and is ready to commit substantial support for trade and investment in the sector. Macedonia’s EU accession process will involve substantial technical assistance and investment support funds dedicated to the sector.

The sector’s numerous competitive advantages include a unique combination of Continental and Sub-Mediterranean climates, environmentally friendly production practices, sound food processing technologies, highly qualified labor available throughout the rural areas, very good access to regional markets and a reputation for quality food products.

There are excellent opportunities for investment in fruits and vegetables - production, storage, distribution and processing industries, together with wine production and sheep and goat cheese production.

For more information about agribusiness and the food processing industry, please refer to the following sector study:

Other Sectors

CLOTHING, TEXTILES AND LEATHER

With a long, rich tradition in clothing and textiles, this sector is the second largest export industry in Macedonia. The competitive export advantages include short delivery periods, flexibility of delivery size together with exceptional value for money. In addition to garments, there is manufacturing potential for cotton thread and fabric, wool yarn, fabric and knitted fabric. The country offers potential not only for new foreign direct investment, but also for outsourcing, strategic alliances and joint ventures with many local well established companies.

TOURISM

The Republic of Macedonia is a veritable treasury of culture and art, hosting numerous historical monuments throughout the country. The cultural heritage, combined with a temperate climate, beautiful landscape and unmatched hospitality, makes Macedonia an attractive area with great tourist ambitions to become a top destination for foreign visitors. As a continental country influenced by a Mediterranean climate, Macedonia has great potential for the development of both summer and winter tourism. The unpolluted air, soil and water create a unique milieu for eco tourism, placing Macedonia on the top of offers by the world’s most popular eco-tourism operators. With over 1,000 churches and monasteries, as well as more then 4,200 archaeological sites, Macedonia is among the leaders in cultural tourism in Europe.

METALS AND METAL PRODUCTS

Investment attractiveness of the metal and metal products sector is related to its export potential. In 2006, the basic metals (mainly iron and steel) represented the largest export category. The sector is comprised of some 150 small and medium-sized enterprises, employs over 9,000 employees, and is almost entirely in foreign ownership. The main products include rolled sheet steel, aluminum bars, rods and profiles, ferrous alloys, seamed tubing and ferrous-nickel products, lead, zinc, copper, gold and silver.

MINERAL RESOURCES

Macedonia has a complex geological structure and a large number of ore deposits. Reserves of lead, zinc, copper-gold and chromium ores are being exploited in a number of locations. Lignite, marble, travertine and other decorative construction stones are widely available.

CHEMICALS

Macedonia has a substantial chemical industry with a  well developed capacity for the production of basic chemicals, synthetic fibres, polyvinyl chloride, as well as detergents, fertilizers, polyurethane foams and fibres. In addition to opportunities for green field FDI, existing capacities in chemical processing, including cosmetics products, have good growth potential for foreign investors.

ENERGY SECTOR

Energy sector development is a priority in Macedonia, with 70% of the technically available hydro potential open for investment. Numerous investment opportunities exist and the Government encourages investment in both traditional and renewable energy projects.

CONSTRUCTION

Macedonia has a well developed construction industry recognized internationally for its skilled personnel and use of modern technology, particularly in civil engineering and hydro construction. The country is a major supplier of construction labor to Central and  Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Russia.

TOBACCO AND CIGARETTES

The production of tobacco is based on cultivating oriental aromatic tobaccos with small leaves. Tobacco is the greatest contributor to the total export of the agricultural-food products, with an export value of approximately €72 million (2010). It is estimated that 42,620 households are engaged in tobacco production and this number has increased significantly over the last few years as a result of high state subsidies in the production of this crop.