Chinese company Huawei announced on Thursday the plans to set up a regional logistics hub in Slovenia for some 19 markets of central and south-eastern Europe. As a result of this move, the flow of its goods through the port of Koper will increase and new storage facilities will need to be built near Ljubljana airport. The multiplicative value of the decision is dozens of millions of euros.
The expansion of the storage facilities near the airport will be conducted in two steps. First, the existing warehouse will be expanded to 4,000 square metres and then to 6,000, Huawei announced.
The company said this meant that the transport flows of its goods for 13 EU and six non-EU countries would be redirected to the port of Koper and the airport in Brnik near Ljubljana. The value of the investment decision is estimated at some EUR 9 million with potential for further growth.
According to Beata Bogadi, Huawei’s customs compliance manager for Europe, the decision to set up a transit warehouse for Europe in Slovenia shows “how attractive Slovenia is in the logistics sense”.
“Huawei recognises the strategic position of the Koper port, the qualified staff and services in Slovenia. We put the country on our list of strategic logistics hubs,” she said.
Huawei Slovenia director-general Histro Zhang said that the plan reaffirmed Huawei’s long-term commitment to the Slovenian market and strengthened Slovenia’s position on Huawei’s strategic map of more than 170 markets where the company is present.
He said the Slovenian subsidiary of Huawei was particularly happy about the decision, “because this means about 40 new jobs in Slovenia”, which will bring the total number of staff working for Huawei directly and indirectly at over 160.
Huawei already transports about 185,000 cubic metres of cargo from China to Hungary and other European markets through Luka Koper. The new logistics hub in Slovenia is to cut the delivery time of goods for customers in the EU.