New US$ 20m investments of Johnson Controls in Macedonia

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US car parts maker Johnson Controls will invest US$ 20 million in construction of a new factory in Strumica for production of car seat covers and upholstery.

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Johnson Controls Global Director Willy Van-Looy and Viktor Mizo, CEO of the Directorate for Technological Industrial Development Zones (TIDZs), signed Wednesday an agreement on the new investment in the presence of caretaker Prime Minister Emil Dimitriev, Vice-Premier for Economic Affairs Vladimir Pesevski, Vice-Premier/Finance Minister Zoran Stavreski and leader of ruling VMRO-DPMNE Nikola Gruevski.

The company’s decision to once again invest in Macedonia has been based on the excellent results of our factory in Stip for the last two years and the excellent cooperation with the government, said Peter Heift, group vice president and general manager Trim at Johnson Controls Automotive Seating.

“Opening of a new plant is a significant step. It is not only an US$20 million-investment, but also an opportunity for new jobs, which along with those in Stip will reach a number of 3.000,” Heift said.

Each new investment brings jobs, higher export rate and prosperity to the host country. The decision of Johnson Controls to once again invest in Macedonia is the best proof that investors are satisfied with the business climate, Stavreski said. The new investment is also rather significant for Strumica municipality, as it will create 1.500 jobs.

The project will see Johnson Controls kick off a brownfield investment at an existing production facility, only to be turned afterwards into a greenfield investment in the spring of 2017 at the latest.