August the 8th, 2023 – The Zagreb company Eccos has had the German market’s doors opened to it. It is now involved in the construction of a large new data centre in Frankfurt.
As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes, the Zagreb company Eccos has been dealing with solutions in the fields of electrical engineering, IT and security for 25 years now, and Germany has clearly recognised its expertise.
When this enterprise won a valuable contract back in 2018 for the improvement and maintenance of electronic and electromechanical access control systems for people and vehicles in all 80 facilities of the European Commission in Brussels, they became a true global player.
As explained by Krešimir Paić, who is the director and co-owner of Eccos together with Silvio Preglej, the EU project encouraged them to enter the German market and aided them in attaining jobs in that country. In addition to that, the move helped them to be perceived by potential future users as a serious and reliable partner.
“Given the fact that we maintain access control systems for more than 80 facilities used by more than 20,000 people on a project with the European Commission, it’s clear that this is a large project that requires a combination of experience, knowledge and resourcefulness – all of which are strongly possessed by our experts.
After the expiration of the four-year contract, our contract was extended for another year and a half, as much as was possible at that time without the need to launch a new tender, which confirms to us that they’re satisfied with the cooperation,” Paić stated, explaining that through projects with the EC, as well as other, smaller, but numerous foreign projects, they realised that they can successfully deal with the challenges of European clients and that they can compete on the highly demanding European market.
The Zagreb company Eccos also now has Deccos, based in Germany
“Back in 2020, we opened a subsidiary company called Deccos in Germany, which, much like Eccos, deals with the development and implementation of sophisticated solutions in the field of electrical engineering and IT. Emphasis is primarily placed on the provision of engineering services, commissioning services and service services in the industry for automation and drive technology, as well as in energy distribution and all related activities in the building, industry and energy sector.
Deccos has a lot of experience under its belt now, and we want to become one of the more widely recognised system integrators on the projects of the aforementioned activities in the western market. As far as future complex projects are concerned, we can jointly offer a quality service and be a partner that can be relied on. By expanding our business, we’re trying to export Croatian knowledge, skills and experience to Germany and other Western European markets,” said Paić.
They have been export oriented for years now
Although the Zagreb company Eccos can boast of numerous successful projects and there is almost no serious company in Croatia with which they haven’t cooperated to some extent or another, they have been export-oriented for years and are present on the markets of all of Croatia’s neighbouring countries: Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. They’re also increasingly oriented towards the Western European market. This IT company carries out a lot of work in Croatia itself, but they mostly work for large global and European investors.
Currently, a project is underway to build large data centres in Frankfurt, where Deccos’ part of the work represents an important segment of the project. The value of the works contracted so far in the first phase stands at around one million euros, and those works relate to the design and implementation of BMS (Building Management System) and PMS (Power Management System) systems. Due to the confidentiality obligation, the Zagreb company Eccos can only reveal so much of what it does for some of the globe’s largest investors.
Multiple projects across Croatia, including a very important one in Osijek
“Here in Croatia, we’re currently equipping the second part of the Učka tunnel with all of the electrical and mechanical systems as a partner of the large French corporation Bouygues. The project of the new hospital in Osijek is also now in its final phase, where we’re implementing technical protection systems, fire alarm systems, hospital communication systems and energy consumption systems. We’re also integrating the aforementioned systems into our own application for the integration of technical protection, fire protection and management systems in industry and building industry.
We also developed our own application for digitising cities – the Eccos Smart City Enablement Platform, which is used by Poreč, Rovinj and Cavtat. In addition to making it easier for people and tourists alike to travel and use parking services in the city centre, it also makes it easier for the city administration to manage the existing infrastructure and services,” explained Krešimir Paić.
Their current plan is to increase their presence on Western European markets, especially Germany. The Zagreb company Eccos is particularly active when it comes to projects related to traffic and data centres, and their desire is to implement and develop various innovative and optimal solutions. Eccos, despite its success, isn’t immune when it comes to finding qualified staff, either. That said, for now at least, they have not resorted to importing foreign workers.