As Novac writes on the 10th of August, 2019, one of the oldest Croatian companies, Čakovec’s Čateks, has contracted a deal worth up to three million euros with the Slovenian Ministry of Defence. This is a Croatian textile company that produces specialised high quality fabrics for both the medical and military industries.
”What this is, is a special NYCO Cordura fabric (nylon/cotton), which is specific owing to its exceptional strength and wear resistance,” Davor Sabolić, director of Čateks, explained to novo.hr. The material it is made from also reduces the damage incurred by flames.
This type of fabric, he said, is increasingly recognisable across Europe, with Croatian Čateks being its largest European manufacturer of all. This is mostly explained by the fact that in addition to equipping the Slovenian army, this Croatian company also equips the armies of Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Montenegro and Kuwait, and develops projects for the army, special units and the police in the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, the Netherlands, Estonia, Italy and for the Nordic countries.
However, this company’s longest-running and strongest business cooperation is with the Ministry of Defense, and it started way back in 1991.
”If there were no such cooperation and these jobs, as well as the jobs of equipping the Croatian police, we wouldn’t be able to carry out any of these jobs for the international units, since for each international tender we had to have done at least one in the same sense as before,” said Sabolić, adding that nobody can claim to be the best if they didn’t “do the job” at home, too.
Considering that this Croatian company is doing such successful business, it is logical that it is also preparing for a big investment cycle. In the next five years, Čateks will invest between 30 million kuna and 50 million kuna in the modernisation of its textile plant, and their aim is, as they themselves say, to better position themselves in the ”Defend” program.
”That is a program in which we can offer a complete solution, from the production of combat uniforms, ie, pants, shirts and jackets, to the production of waterproof and windproof jackets, overcoats, raincoats, to various accessories made from special materials,” explained the director.
In addition to Defend, Čateks is still developing its medical program in the segment of mattress covers with special properties.