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Within the new joint project of the European Union and the German Government – EU4BusinessRecovery, that helps businesses mitigate the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, GIZ has issued a public call for projects in the metal and wood-processing sectors.

More than EUR 4,2 million have been awarded in grants to projects that support the strengthening of competitiveness in the export-oriented sectors.

10 development partnership projects were selected, as well as 24 projects related to improving the innovative capacities of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. The projects were selected based on criteria from two public Call for Proposals published by EU4Business in 2019. The total value of the projects is more than EUR 7.1 million, including the applicants’ own investments.

More details on each project can be found on the EU4Business interactive map about the results in the export-oriented sectors.

The following projects were selected:

Partnerships in export-oriented sectors:

  1. Boosting Competitiveness of Wood Processing Sector in Herzegovina; Wood processing sector and ICT; Lead implementer: Herzegovina Wood Cluster Association, Mostar;
  2. Digitalization Centre for Competitiveness and Innovation Improvement in SME – DigIT SME; Metal and mechanical industry and ICT; Lead implementer: Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Srpska, Banja Luka;
  3. Better Surface Protection for Better Metal Products – BetMet; Metal and mechanical industry and ICT; Lead implementer: Entrepreneurship and Business Association LiNK, Mostar;
  4. EXPO-CERTinno – Supporting BH Companies in the Internationalization, Certification and Innovation; Metal and mechanical industry, wood processing sector and ICT; Lead implementer: Foreign Trade Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo;
  5. CeDICo – Centre for Digitalisation, Innovations and Competitiveness of Metal and mechanical industryin the Central Bosnia Region; Metal and mechanical industry and ICT; Lead implementer: Faculty of Economics, University of Zenica;
  6. FAB-LAB An Innovation Based Economy; Metal and mechanical industry and ICT; Lead implementer: Development Agency of Tešanj Municipality – TRA, Tešanj;
  7. Gradiška – the City of Wood; Wood processing sector and ICT; Lead implementer: City of Gradiška;
  8. NOVALIS – Network of Value Adding Local Innovation Structures; Metal industry, wood processing sector and ICT; Lead implementer: Enterprise Development Agency Eda, Banja Luka;
  9. Increasing Competitiveness of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) through Digitalization – IC SMED; Metal and mechanical industry and ICT; Lead implementer: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Computing and Electrical Engineering, University of Mostar;
  10. Providing Availability of Resources for Wood Processing Companies in Order to Increase Export through Creating a Focal Point in Prijedor Region – REPRO; Wood processing sector and ICT; Lead implementer: Agency for Economic Development of the City of Prijedor “PREDA-PD”, Prijedor.

Improvement of innovative capacities of micro, small and medium enterprises:

  1. Innovative Export Support Laboratory – InoλLab; Metal and mechanical industry; Implementer:  Alternativa d.o.o. Sarajevo;
  2. Development of software for product visualization and streamlining of order processing (e-business); Wood processing sector; Implementer: Artisan d.d.o. Tešanj;
  3. Digitalization of veneer moulding production; Wood processing sector; Implementer: Čajavec Company Šipovo a.d. Šipovo;
  4. Introduction of the Lean – Six Sigma program and procurement of welding robots in the context of optimization and increase productivity; Metal and mechanical industry; Implementer: Č.J d.o.o. Bihać;
  5. Increasing competitiveness through increasing innovation, improving production and increasing the degree of finalization of products – TORINI Motorcycles; Metal and mechanical industry; Implementer: Cromex d.o.o. Prijedor;
  6. Product and technology development, staff training and modernization of equipment to produce steel structures; Metal and mechanical industry; Implementer: Ferrostil – MONT d.o.o. Prnjavor;
  7. Strengthening the competitiveness of the company through technologically innovative production improvement and promotion of the new services; Metal and mechanical industry; Implementer: GAT d.o.o. Sanski Most;
  8. Digitalization of business through the introduction of ERP systems and the implementation of a platform for digitalization of children’s playground maintenance; Metal and mechanical industry; Implementer: Glovis d.o.o. Zenica;
  9. Completion of stainless-steel tank production and development of innovative computer programs for design and production of metal vessels; Metal and mechanical industry; Implementer: Holzex Group d.o.o. Banja Luka
  10. Expansion of the product range, modernization of the production process and digitalization; Wood processing sector; Implementer: GMP Kompani d.o.o. Banja Luka;
  11. Development and implementation of a new business model; Wood processing sector; Implementer: Masterwood d.o.o. Kozarac;
  12. New methodology concepts for an increase of competitiveness – NMCIC; Metal and mechanical industry; Implementer: Maxmara d.o.o., Banja Luka;
  13. Diversification of the sales range and optimization of the production process; Metal and mechanical industry; Implementer: MIVIKO d.o.o. Posušje;
  14. A brand worth more; Wood processing sector; Implementer: MS & Wood d.d.o, Fojnica;
  15. Improving innovative capacities through the introduction of standards and new technologies in production; Metal and mechanical industry; Implementer: Procesna oprema inženjering d.o.o. Laktaši;
  16. Strengthening innovative capacities and increasing exports; Metal and mechanical industry; Implementer: PROINOX FM d.o.o., Laktaši;
  17. Building an innovative design brand; Wood processing sector; Implementer: Rukotvorine d.o.o. Konjic;
  18. Innovations in development, production and digital marketing; Wood processing sector; Implementer: Saga d.o.o. Žepče;
  19. Strengthening the capacity through innovation and technological processes; Metal and mechanical industry; Implementer: SIK d.o.o. Mostar;
  20. Upgrading innovative product range “Smart Home/Building, Hotel Management”; Metal and mechanical industry; Implementer: TEM Mandeks d.o.o. Široki Brijeg;
  21. Establishment of production of hydraulic cylinders; Metal and mechanical industry; Implementer: Termika d.o.o., Zenica;
  22. Flexible automation through robotization of production processes; Metal and mechanical industry; Implementer: Tikt Manufaktura d.o.o., Gradiška;
  23. Construction of production capacities, development of innovative products and digitalization of the company; Metal and mechanical industry; Implementer: Tri Best d.o.o. Banja Luka;
  24. Launch of a new production of metal parts for chairs; Wood processing sector; Implementer: Wood Team d.o.o. Ilijaš.

GIZ supports the strengthening of competitiveness in export-oriented sectors within the EU4Business project.

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