ZUMTOBEL ARRIVES AT NIS – OPEN LETTER TO NIS CITIZENS FROM PM ALEKSANDAR VUCIC
Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic sent a letter today to the citizens of Nis on the occasion of the arrival of one of the best manufacturers of innovative lighting systems, the Austrian company Zumtobel to Serbia.
The official website of the Serbian government brings the content of the Prime Minister’s letter in full:
“Respected citizens of Nis, Dear citizens of Serbia,
As Prime Minister of Serbia, today I am particularly happy, especially because of what I promised during my seven-day visit to Nis, and that is that one of the best manufacturers of innovative lighting systems, the Austrian company Zumtobel will definitely come to Serbia. This was confirmed on 27 January by the Supervisory Board of that company and the world’s media, such as “Reuters” and “Bloomberg” broadcast this piece of news.
We have worked long and hard that this company come and today I have to be happy because this company, which all also called “Mercedes of the latest technologies in the world of lighting”, decided to build its new big factory in Nis and invest €30 million in it. I’d like you to understand how difficult it is to bring one of such players not only to invest and open up production, but also to be the engine of development, the transmitter of the latest technology and innovation and a serious partner to universities.
When I first had the opportunity to meet Director of the company Ulrich Schumacher exactly a year and four months ago, we did not even dream about such an outcome. But the time has shown that we built step by step the confidence of one of the leading innovative companies and convinced them that Serbia is the right place for them.
It started with the opening of Zumtobel’s design and project centre, which was transferred from Poland to Serbia, and the employment of young engineers and designers who worked here in Belgrade on the projects of Zumtobel across Europe.We are grateful to these young people because with their talent, dedication and creativity they were sending a clear message that Serbia is the right place. Immediately thereafter, as it is the case with serious Austrians, they decided to make sure that tomorrow they will have good suppliers and partners among our companies.
Together we visited more than one hundred companies and selected those that meet their high standards. During this process, they donated “smart” street lighting in two streets in Nis and Belgrade each. All this was part of the road of creating trust in Serbia.
Zumtobel has factories in Germany, Austria, France, Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia, the United States and China. Today our engineers, our workers, our young innovators are becoming members of this big family.
My best regards to the citizens of Nis,
Yours faithfully, Aleksandar Vucic”, reads the letter of the Prime Minister.