Yesterday, SPIRIT Slovenia announced the winners of the FDI Award Slovenia for 2021. The award for foreign investors that achieved exceptional results in the past year and contributed to the development of the country's economy went to the dairy Ljubljanske Mlekarne, the ICT company Comtrade and the paper mill Papirnica Vevče.
To be considered for the award, the companies have to have at least 10% foreign ownership, value added per employee above the Slovenian average, profitable operation and at least ten employees.
Ljubljanske Mlekarne won the award in the green category for the conservation of nature and clean environment. The company strives to reduce its carbon footprint, increase energy efficiency, and reduce water consumption and emissions. In 2020, the company's carbon footprint decreased by as much as 1% compared to the previous year. The company was acquired by Lactalis in 2013, and today exports half of its production, serving as the group's main European producer of the skyr Icelandic-type yoghurt. At the end of 2020, Ljubljanske Mlekarne employed 593 people and generated more than EUR 176 million in revenue, with EUR 9.2 million of net profit.
In the major employer category, the award was won by Comtrade, the largest IT company in Slovenia that employs 406 people. As such, the company impacts the development of the entire market and industry in the country. Established in 1990 as Hermes Softlab, the company was acquired in 2008 by the Belgrade-based Comtrade group, a global leader in backup and recovery solutions. The company manages the Cerna database amongst many things and its clients include blue chip companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange. In 2020, the company's net profit amounted to EUR 8.5 million, while the value added per employee exceeded EUR 63,600.
The award in the long-term presence category went to the paper mill Papirnica Vevče, one of the oldest industrial companies in Slovenia that was established in 1842. Based in the eastern outskirts of Ljubljana, the company was acquired in 2004 by Austria's Brigl&Bergmeister that has been present in Slovenia for more than 30 years. In 2020, the paper mill generated EUR 100 million in net sales revenue, with a net profit of EUR 10 million.