The Šibenik company, Capax, currently employs twenty people and, as they themselves have pointed out, are constantly looking for new, quality members of staff.
As Darko Bicak/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 24th of November, 2018, after a successful September when they presented themselves as the only Croatian exhibitor at the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show, as well as managing to win the Golden Kuna (Zlatna Kuna) award for the best small company in Šibenik-Knin County, Capax opened its new headquarters in the historic Dalmatian city of Šibenik at the end of October this year.
Covering an area of 900 square metres and in addition to the brand new office, located at the new facility is a spacious service workshop and the only laboratory designed for engine oil analysis in the wider area. Capax already offers videocopy services, ultrasonic measurements, vibration analysis and thermography, but only now with the engine oil analysis specialist lab services has the Šibenik company managed to raise itself to yet another higher level. All these services will also open up new markets such as those which involve dealing with work boats, construction machinery, locomotives, windmills, and more.
While this is a Šibenik company, renovation works are carried out in nearby Trogir, within the Trogir Service Centre (SCT), with which Adria Docks has recently been established. Adria Docks manages renovations, optimises work processes, and ultimately controls the quality of the outsourced works. Within the framework of a long-term joint venture with the Trogir shipyard, in an area of about 250 square metres in the SCT area, lies the second part of Capax’s investment, a test station for ship and industrial engines of up to 3.4 megawatts.
The total value of the investment is more than 15 million kuna, of which 5.5 million kuna are non-refundable funds from the European Structural Funds indended for the building of production capacities and the investment in equipment.
“Access to the client, respect for their demands and a true effort to achieve goals through project and refit management have inspired us as the leaders of the domestic yachting industry. We have well equipped and educated service teams for the most common types of marine engines, clutches and generators we find on larger yachts and on mega yachts. Our service engineers are ready to solve every problem, whether it’s mechanical, or electrical, or something else,” they state from Capax.
They add that for subcontractors, whenever possible, they use the services of other Croatian companies and hope that their success will stimulate other companies from the Croatian nautical sector to invest and develop themselves more. Capax was initially founded by three like-minded people, Mario Baljkas, Teo Petričević and Željko Tesi. As previously mentioned, they currently employ twenty people and are constantly on the look out for new, high quality staff. The company continues to record steady and stable revenue growth, and last year, those figures amounted to about 30 million kuna.
The clients of this Šibenik company are typically the owners of yachts, or the management bodies of yachts, as well as insurance companies and shipyards and marinas. They specialise in technical engineering, consulting and supervision in shipbuilding, diagnostics, servicing, and the repair of marine engines, their maintenance and inspection in terms of value assurance for insurance purposes, as well as for sellers and/or new owners.
They are the authorised servicing body of some of the most prominent marine engines in this segment of the market, including Caterpillar, MTU, John Deere, and ZF, in addition to Šibenik, they also have offices in neighbouring Montenegro and in Albania.
Otherwise, this year, Capax was the first Croatian company to appear at the Monaco Yacht Show after four years in early autumn. they were one of the 580 exhibitors from 38 countries around the world.
“We’re very pleased with the effect of participating in the fair and we believe that it will bring us more ships to service and overhaul to Croatia, and we wish to encourage other domestic companies to join us in the coming years,” Petričević said.