There is no political ear for the further development of the factory

14.02.2021. / 13:50

ŽIVINICE – Wooden tables produced in the Konjuh Furniture Factory in Živinice were recently exported to France. This factory has been operating in bankruptcy for five years, but for greater success and uninterrupted work, the engagement of the authorities is needed, which will resolve its status.

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Today, nearly 30 workers are engaged in the bankrupt Konjuh in Živinice, who are mainly engaged in the production of office and school furniture for customers in the Republic of Srpska. They also make other wooden items to order, and a few days ago the first truck of wooden tables was exported to France.

A deal worth almost 80,000 convertible marks has been concluded with a foreign buyer, and new quantities of tables are currently being prepared for it, which will be shipped in two more trucks by the end of the month.

This business is important to us, and the tables we have produced are extendable and of excellent quality, which was also recognized by our customer. In addition to these tables, we have previously exported the chairs we have in our range“, Says for Klix.ba the president of the Konjuh Trade Union Mujo Gavranović.

The capacities of this factory are much higher, and the workers state that there is currently no business or political hearing to improve the engagement. They explain that their problem is the unresolved status of this factory, which has been in bankruptcy for five years.

We have production, but we are not satisfied, because we imagined bankruptcy differently. We believed that 300 people would start working very soon, but now there are almost 30. Due to our current status, we are not competitive on the market, and it is difficult for us to procure raw materials and intermediate goods. It must be bought by the buyer of our products, which is complicated for many. If we had any help from the authorities, we would certainly work better and have a larger number of employees“, Adds Gavranovic.

Illustrating the way of doing business, Gavranović states that they reached an agreement with a buyer from France by paying money in advance for the furniture, from which the workers procured raw materials.

Our furniture is also represented in public institutions in the Republic of Srpska, where they recognized our work. We have equipped three or four municipal cabinets with our office furniture, and school furniture can be found in all schools there. We hope that there will be such opportunities to close deals in the near future“, Gavranovic points out.

A strategic partner for the people of Živinice would be of great importance, but it is difficult to secure due to the fact that there is no possibility of selling the property of this former giant in its entirety. Namely, such a sale is impossible to realize due to a court dispute with the City of Živinice, which requires an urban plan.

The sale of the property is realized by dividing it into lots, however, according to Gavranović, a serious strategic partner who appeared earlier, cannot agree to such a purchase.

We have sales advertising every month, however no one is interested in this way of buying property. Changing ownership is the best solution for us, because this factory has its own brand and we know that we would succeed in accordance with our quality.“, Gavranovic points out. Click


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