We can supply both the Serbian and surrounding markets in the best possible way and I believe that we will maintain that momentum in the future too.
In an interview for the birthday issue of Diplomacy&Commerce magazine, we spoke with Mr. Athanasios Giannaros, Commercial Director of ALUMIL YU INDUSTRY about the company’s results, his expectations of the Serbian and regional market, as well as about the company’s plans for this year. “We are focused on expanding our capacities, and our vision is to continue to be the leading company in the development and production of aluminium systems for architectural and industrial application,” says Mr. Giannaros.
What results did your company achieve in 2020 and what lessons did you learn last year?
Solid and healthy relations that we nurture both internally and externally have contributed to us overcoming the challenges that the past year put before us all and to conclude the year the way we intended. I believe that, once again, the value of interpersonal relationships was re-validated, as was the importance of trust which, at times of need, contributes to the feeling of safety we all want to have. By implementing additional elements of health precaution, we were able to proceed with our projects and I am proud of what we have achieved, both in terms of production, export and retail, as well as our involvement in capital projects such as Parkview and Vista buildings in the Belgrade Waterfront complex, the Park 11 residential-business complex and new building of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Niš, to name just a few. Furthermore, as a socially responsible company, we made several health-centred donations as a way to support the healthcare system.
Finally, the fact that crises can sometimes lead to non-traditional ways of thinking and innovative solutions is proven by our new product, Smart Gate, which measures the bodily temperature of people entering an indoor space in a fast, contactless and highly-precise manner. Smart Gates have already been installed at several facilities within the Medigroup healthcare system, and its features make it ideal for large venues such as concert halls, stadiums and similar. This solution plays a significant preventive role in maintaining people’s health.
What are your expectations from the Serbian and surrounding markets in the coming period?
Our local markets follow the global urbanization trend. The UN estimates that 70% of the global population will live in urban areas by 2050, and this growing trend is already felt in the construction industry. In parallel with the greater number of investments in residential complexes, more and more is invested in business spaces and industrial facilities because urban mobility is complemented by greater needs for jobs, entertainment, shopping and so on.
“As a socially responsible company, we made several health-centred donations as a way to support the healthcare system”
Fulfilling the needs imposed by the modern lifestyle has massive growth potential, and Alumil, as a local producer with fully integrated production, certified systems and strong logistical support, is perfectly positioned to satisfy those needs. Our experiences thus far have shown that we can supply both the Serbian and surrounding markets in the best possible way and I believe that we will maintain that momentum in the future.
After the challenging 2020, what are your company’s goals for the year ahead?
Our goals, just like our vision and strategy, have been clearly defined for 30 years. The current situation is but a circumstance we analyse, accept and to which we adapt, but our objectives have not changed. We are bound by the quality which is synonymous with our company and which makes us the leaders on the ex-Yugoslav markets, as evident in our market share, the support we provide to our clients, architects and project managers, as well as by the excellent cooperation we have been developing with construction companies and real estate developers. Moreover, we are leaders in terms of our innovations and investments we plan to implement in the foreseeable future. We are focused on expanding our capacities – currently, our annual capacities are at 12,000 tonnes, whereas the planned developments will take us to 20,000 tonnes per year. Additionally, we are planning to install a new eloxal facility which will ensure faster and more competitive services of even higher quality in compliance with the Qualanod standards. All these elements are parts of our vision to continue to be the leading company in the development and production of aluminium systems for architectural and industrial application.