GRP components maker Jaksche Technology expands Bosnian plant again

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Austrian-owned Jaksche Technology, a specialist producer of glass fibre reinforced plastic components has completed a €1.5m expansion of its plant in Laktaši, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The company, part of family-run parent group Jaksche Kunststofftechnik GmbH. in St. Andrä, Austria, has extended its existing 7,000m2 moulding plant by 3,000m2. Its production capacity has risen as a result.

Last year, Jaksche Technology acquired an additional development site of 20,700m2 near its existing plant in the industrial zone of Laktaši, which is located north of the Bosnian city of Banja Luka.

Further planned expansion has been prompted by several large orders and limited growth space in the Laktaši industrial zone.

Jaksche, which has been building up its main manufacturing in Bosnia since 2006, launched a new production site in Laktaši in 2011 and developed a second site just north of the town at Aleksandrovac two years later. A new production hall was added there last summer.

“Due to a number of larger new projects and the fact that the industrial zone is very developed, it is important for us to acquire the land for the future expansion of our company,” explained the firm’s director Franz Jaksche.

The company has 40 years experience of moulding heavy duty technical parts for industrial and construction machinery, earth moving vehicles, mobile cranes, rail vehicles, motorhomes and recycling machinery. It specialises in the use of GRP hand lamination, thermoforming and RTM (resin transfer moulding) processes.

Jaksche, a major exporter, supplies markets in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France and the Netherlands as well as serving customers in Bosnia. Its Bosnian sites have motorway access directly to the EU frontier at Gradiška into Croatia.

Starting with a workforce of just 70 in its first year in Bosnia, Jaksche now employs more than 111 workers. It now covers site and development areas  totalling 34,100m2.

The Bosnian company, apart from its basic parts engineering expertise, manufactures wood, aluminium and polyurethane based models and tooling as well as offering industrial varnishing processing.

Jaksche group may now be extending its process expertise and component manufacture into the maritime field.  Last month, the Austrian enterprise signed a cooperation agreement with Croatia-based engineering consulting firm as2con – Alveus d.o.o.

Announcing the deal, the Croat company, which provides engineering and marketing expertise in composite technology and in the maritime and offshore industries areas, said it aimed to support Jaksche in project development and “in engineering of yacht and hull building”.

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