Rasco and Viking Road Cleaners on Croatian and European Streets

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Sergej Novosel Vuckovic/Lucija Spiljak writes on the 9th of October, 2020, the first Croatian road cleaner, Lynx, which is manufactured by Rasco from Kalinovac, has conquered the European market just one year after it was introduced. Rasco’s impressive machine maintains public areas across Europe, in Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, France, Slovakia and Norway.

One of Rasco’s road cleaners was recently bought by the company Tehnix from Donji Kraljevec for the maintenance of 100,000 cubic metres of their factory complex, which replaced three employees who can now devote more time to the maintenance of other parts of the plant.

”It has a strong turbine that can pick up pieces of cutting board and screws that fall off forklifts and containers. Thanks to the great autonomy of this type of work, in a few minutes it cleans the surface that has been cleaned with brooms for hours up until now,” said the director and owner of Tehnix, Djuro Horvat. Apart from the fact that Rasco plans to increase the number of compact cleaners it produces, the electric version is also in its prototype phase.

Such an electric cleaner has already been produced by the Zagreb-based company Viking, which is entirely a Croatian product and prides itself on being ”anti-covid”.

Part of what was produced, more precisely 30 e-tricycles, was purchased by Cistoca Zagreb, ie Zagreb Holding, and presented very recently on Zagreb’s main square in the presence of Mayor Milan Bandic and Viking Director Robert Vlasic. The vehicles have a power of one kW, can withstand six hours of driving after charging, and their payload is up to 500 kilograms. Their speed ​​is 15 km/h. The cargo area is modular, so in addition to transporting waste, it can be adapted to the customer’s wishes, eg for use as something novel like an ice cream box.

“We hope that Zagreb Holding will be satisfied and that they will buy more of them. We also sent two down to Dubrovnik so they can see what they’re all about, and we hope for more interest. We’ll also present this Croatian product at Eurobike in Friedrichshafen, Germany at the end of November. It is the world’s largest fair for bicycle equipment,” announced Vlasic.

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