Chinese tech company Huawei plans to set up a regional logistic hub in Slovenia for 19 markets of Central and Southeastern Europe, which will necessitate the construction of new warehousing facilities adjacent to the Jože Pučnik Ljubljana Airport, EURACTIV’s media partner, Slovenian press agency STA reports.
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 in the second phase, Huawei has announced.
The tech giant also said this meant that the transport of its goods for 13 EU and six non-EU countries would be redirected to the port of Koper and Ljubljana Airport. The investment is valued at roughly €9 million.
According to Beata Bogadi, Huawei’s customs compliance manager for Europe, the decision shows “how attractive Slovenia is in the logistic sense,” adding that “Huawei recognises the strategic position of the Koper port, the qualified staff and services in Slovenia.”
“Huawei recognises the strategic position of the Koper port, the qualified staff and services in Slovenia. We put Slovenia on our list of strategic logistic hubs,” said Bogadi.
Huawei Slovenia director general Histro Zhang, for his part, said the decision reaffirmed Huawei’s long-term commitment to the Slovenian market, highlighting the “40 new jobs in Slovenia” the decision would bring, which would increase the total number of staff working for Huawei directly and indirectly at over 160.
“This decision is also recognition of Slovenia as a strategic location and market for Huawei and additionally strengthens Slovenia’s position on Huawei’s strategic map of more than 170 markets where the company is present,” Zhang said.
Huawei already transports about 185,000 cubic metres of cargo from China to Hungary and to other European markets through Luka Koper. The new logistic hub in Slovenia is to cut the delivery time of goods for customers in the EU. (Sebastijan R. Maček | STA.si)