The first IPPC permit in the ceramic industry - Keramika Kanjiza received an integrated permit

Keramika Kanjiza is the first ceramics factory in Serbia to acquire the IPPC integrated permit, which proves that the company honors the highest environmental protection and toxic gas emission reduction standards. The factory, which has fully digitized its production in 2016, says for eKapija that they intend to increase the export in the coming period, procure more new equipment and start producing tiles of larger proportions.

The Production Manager of Keramika Kanjiza Djordje Aleksic, says that the IPPC permit, acquired on December 15, is an important acknowledgment of years of environmental protection efforts.

– There are 36 years of experience behind us, and product quality, as well as care for the community we operate in, has been the guiding idea throughout that period. The year which is drawing to its end has been very successful for Keramika Kanjiza – saysGeneral Manager Ivana Veselinovic for eKapija.

– We have fully digitized the production, and we have also set a record in our operations so far by selling 2.5 million m2 of tiles. Furthermore, we have acquired the status of a corporate super brand and reached the point where the export amounts to 50% of the production –Veselinovicsaid for our portal.

She added that Keramika Kanjiza wishes to prove that a local factory is capable of operating by world standards.

Keramika Kanjiza currently exports to Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania...

– In the coming period, we wish to step up the export even more, to further perfect the production and procure more new equipment, as well as to start producing tiles of larger proportions. The plan is for the company to become an exhibitor at the Bologna ceramics fair CERSAIE in September 2018, which would prove that we have reached the very top of European producers – announcesVeselinovic for eKapija.

The integrated permit was handed over to the company's representatives by theDeputy Provincial Secretary for Urban Planning and Environmental Protection, Aleksandar Andric. He emphasized that the integrated permit is the crown of all permits in the field of environmental protection.

– This is the first integrated permit handed out to a ceramics factory. A total of 33 permits have been issued so far –Andricsaid.

Talking about the business environment,General Manager of Keramika Kanjiza, Ivana Veselinovic, reminded that there were problems with unfair competition and the import of products below the standards prescribed by the state. There are also difficulties in the foreign market, because, as Veselinovic says, many countries subsidize their exporters. This is why the Kanjiza factory, although on par regarding the quality, cannot have competitive prices in certain third markets.

The ceremony was also attended by thePresident of the municipality of Kanjiza,Robert Fejstamer, who said that the local self-government would help strengthen the companies in its territory in the next period, instead of subsidizing new ones. He added that Keramika is a pillar of the economy in Kanjiza and that the citizens are satisfied with its operations.

Keramika Kanjiza is also constantly working on developing the local community. They've been involved in renovation of schools and have provided donations for the Emergency Service, among other things.

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