Starco welcomes Croatian plant into EU
On 1 July, the EU family grew with the addition of more than four million Croatians. Starco has welcomed its colleagues in Croatia into the European Union and says that time has proven the wisdom its decision to invest in the country.
Starco took the decision to establish a steel wheel factory in Croatia nearly ten years ago and the factory opened in 2005, at a time when the country’s EU membership was still under negotiation. During the past eight years, the steel wheel factory in Beli Manastir has grown to become, in Starco’s words, the most efficient and flexible special wheels manufacturing plant in Europe; it has gained quality approval and safety certification from numerous leading OE manufacturers and certification institutes. Starco adds that the factory’s manufacturing and logistics methods, particularly the manufacture of spun wheels and the unique e-coat finishing process, has set the standard for the wheel industry in Europe.
Croatia’s entry into the EU means that the factory now has better access to the single market. The plant is located close to the Hungarian border and a direct motorway connection to the rest of the European market – not least the developing pan-European corridor between Hungary and Herzegovina. The plant is thus only a day’s shipping away from Starco’s central warehouse in Germany and the company’s OEM customers.