The Klik Par company opened a factory for the production of oak barrels for the wine industry in Kutina, and the initial value of the Italian investment is 1.5 million euro, reports Agrobiz.hr on November 2, 2018.
“Our investment in Kutina amounts to 1.5 million euro this year. We will reach the same level of investment in the next year and in 2020 as well. As a leader in this sector, we will thus ensure a steady growth of production, so we will soon double the number of workers from the current 11,” said managing director Piero Garbellotto at the inauguration ceremony. He added that Klik Par would become Italian company Garbellotto’s headquarters for eastern Europe.
Klik Par was founded in 2000 and has now launched the oak barrels production as a result of the investment made by the company from Conegliano, which has been producing wine barrels for wine cellars around the world for the last 243 years.
The Garbellotto brothers, who nowadays run the family company, will continue their cooperation with Croatia which was initially started by their father in 1950. The Italian company is one of the most prominent European producers of barrique barrels, and it has used Slavonian oak wood for barrels since 1950.
The Garbellotto barrels can be found in wine cellars around the world. At the plant opening, it was pointed out that Croatian winemakers will no longer have to travel to Italy to buy good barrels since they will be able to purchase them directly from the factory in Kutina.
Garbellotto pointed out that his company had good cooperation with the representatives of Croatian Forests, the Croatian Wood Cluster, the Kutina town administration and others.
The cooperation was also praised by forestry director for the Zagreb area Damir Miškulin, who pointed out that the Italian company had a promising future in Croatia because the production of barrels represented a high level of finalisation of the wood processing.
The new factory in Kutina business zone has also received endorsements from Sisak-Moslavina County Prefect Ivo Žinić and Kutina Mayor Željko Babić.
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