From Croatia to the North: Snowplows from Kalinovac Sold to Germany, Norway, Ukraine

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The Rasco company from Kalinovac, one of the biggest European producers of municipal equipment, started the upcoming winter season with a large delivery of street-maintenance vehicles, including snowplows, to some of the biggest countries in Europe.

Most people in Croatia wouldn’t be able to point to Kalinovac on a map of Croatia confidently, but that’s where the home of a significant Croatian manufacturing and exporting company is. In the last several weeks, 75 winter street maintenance vehicles were sent to Norway, and over a hundred to Ukraine, tportal writes. The vehicles involved are their salt spreaders and snowplows. Before the winter season, 21 salt spreaders were delivered to German municipal companies, and four snowplows went to the Munich International Airport. Those snowplows are custom-made, not the everyday plows that can be seen on the streets, as they’re tailored to be used on airport runways. They’re 6.5 meters wide, which is twice the width of the usual plows we see around the towns during winter.

Ivan Franičević, President of the board of the company, expressed his opinion that it’s a big deal when Norwegian professionals used to spending eight months per year on snow and ice, or one of the biggest European airports decide to purchase such equipment from a Mediterranean country. Of course, Russian municipal street maintenance companies have also been their buyers for years. For the company, the trust of those partners proves that they’ve managed to position themselves on an extremely competitive market in the last three decades. They’ve done that with their quality and with a wide variety of products. That allows the buyers to get the complete solutions for the vehicles that maintain all types of traffic infrastructure, be it trucks, tractors, or multipurpose vehicles, in one place – in Kalinovac. Franičević added that in the markets of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Slovenia, and Hungary, they’d been the biggest provider of the equipment for road management for years.

Rasco produces more than 70 products, and they’re exported into over 40 countries on five continents, and over 80 percent of their income comes from the export. They employ more than 400 people in their factories in Kalinovac near Đurđevac and Senta in Serbia and are continually growing. Several days ago, they started building the new, sixth production hall in Kalinovac. That’s a part of the three-year-long investment cycle, in which they’re investing more than 71 million kunas to increase their capacity, improve their energy efficiency, and develop new products such as the compact sweeper Lynx, which was recently presented.


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