News in brief, Winter 2017

News in brief, Winter 2017

2030: no more internal combustion run cars in Slovenia

In October the Slovenian government adopted a new alternative fuels strategy. The main novelty: after 2030 the total carbon output of first-time registered cars should be below 50 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. This means that in effect it wouldn't be possible to register either diesel or petrol run cars. After 2025 the registration would be restricted to cars producing less than 100 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. 


World’s first charging station for electric planes

Pipistrel, one of the leading small plane makers and one of the pioneers in development of electric planes, has developed the first charging station for electric airplanes. The station was developed by the multidiscipline team of students of mechanical engineering, computer science and industrial design. The station was opened in late August and could charge two airplanes with a capacity of 20kW at the same time. Another braking event for Pipistrel this year was the start of operations in their new factory in Italian Gorizia: the new factory had finished its first plane in June.


Russians plan to invest 400 million euros to Slovenian steel industry

Russian group Koks which, controls 75 percent of the shares of Slovenian Steel Group (SIJ), made an announcement this fall that they plan to increase investments in its Slovenian operations by 400 million euros within the next seven years. The share in SIJ was acquired by the Russian group 10 years ago. So far Koks has invested over 600 million: the 30 million spent for the new furnace in Jesenice’s SIJ Acroni factory was its most important strategic investment this year and should reinforce SIJ’s position in niche steel markets. The main owner of the Koks group Evgeni Zubitsky also announced that the company will raise the wages in the group by 10 percent in 2018. Revenues of Slovenian Steel Group reached 512 million euros this year – an increase of 23.8 percent over the same period last year.  


TPV: new automated logistics center

The Slovenian automotive company opened a new production-logistics center in October, built around the smart factory principle. The production and logistics processes will be automated to a great extent with the use of new robots and automated guided vehicles. TPV will invest an overall 20.3 million into the center, which will be completed by 2020.  Many of the solutions applied in the new center are developed by TPV in cooperation with start-up company IKU. TPV group develops and produces body, chassis, and seat components for the car industry: in the last period they have also began focusing also on automated guided vehicles. 

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