Maccaferri opens a new hub in Albania to create the largest production facility in Europe
With an investment of over four million euros, the new plant will become a centre of excellence for the development of cutting-edge production technologies in line with Industry 4.0 trends
Zola Predosa (BO) – Officine Maccaferri, an international leader in the civil and environmental engineering sector, today announced the opening of a new plant in Albania. The site, relocated from Vorë (Tirana) to Shijak (Durres) and already fully operational, will allow Maccaferri to take advantage of access to a better logistics system and a more efficient raw material supply chain. The aim is to make the new plant the main production hub for the European and Middle Eastern region.
Thanks to a targeted investment programme worth over four million euros, Maccaferri will be able to expand its offering and triple its industrial capacity, taking advantage of the best technologies on the market in terms of production efficiency. With the new site, Maccaferri aims to serve the local market as well as the European and Middle Eastern markets. The development plan outlined for the plant foresees the achievement of about 25 million euro turnover and the employment of 230 resources by the first quarter of 2023.
Albania has always represented a strategic country for Maccaferri in the consolidation of its leading position in the civil and environmental engineering market. Present in the country since 2009 with the Vorë plant, Maccaferri has been a key player in large infrastructure projects in the territories of Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia. Now, thanks to a deep-rooted presence in the area, a network of highly structured partnerships and the expertise of the local team, Maccaferri aims to make Albania a major hub within its global strategy.
The inauguration, which took place today in Shijak, opened with greetings from Lapo Vivarelli Colonna, CEO of Maccaferri, and Sergio Iasi, President of Maccaferri. The event was also attended by representatives of institutions and the business world, with the participation of the Ambassador of Italy in Albania Fabrizio Bucci, the Mayor of Shijak Elton Arbana and the Vice President of Confindustria Italy in Albania Claudio Michelacci.
Lapo Vivarelli Colonna, CEO of Maccaferri said: “The increasing complexity of the global market, amplified by the pandemic and the consequent difficulties in the global supply chain, have generated new and increasingly demanding challenges, to which Maccaferri wanted to respond by increasingly focusing on the Albania project. This initiative is part of the broader framework of Maccaferri’s development strategy, which has already enabled the Group to record outstanding geographical and business results in 2021, a record year in the Group’s 142-year history, and in the first nine months of 2022. We are confident that this investment will prove to be a win-win not only for Maccaferri’s business, but also for the economic and productive environment of Albania “.
Founded in 1879, Officine Maccaferri is a global leader in civil and environmental engineering, with revenues amounting to over half a billion euro, 23 factories in 4 continents, over 3,000 employees and a commercial presence in over 130 countries. Officine Maccaferri offers advanced engineering solutions for the reduction of hydrogeological risk, the development and safety of transport infrastructures and the urban environment.