Kaldera Company from Bosnia and Herzegovina, part of Infinity International Group, which has been successfully operating for 30 years with production and services in the electricity and telecommunications sectors including conservation of natural resources and prevention of pollution, is one of the few that got the opportunity to present at this year's Macedonian Energy Forum in Skopje.
"We are honored to be part of the forum and we are ready to take advantage of this privilege," said Kaldera officials. "The global partners from Siemens to ABB and Schneider Electric, 30 years of experience and the number of 150 employees are a sufficient indicator of the knowledge and high quality that we can offer in the field of energy."
"I am sure that what we will show at the energy forum in Skopje together with our colleagues from Infinity Energy & ITSS will open the door to the Macedonian market, because we have the potential to become a recognizable brand in the region," said Kaldera CEO, Savo Minic.
After the Infinity Group expansion on the Macedonian market, and now Montenegro and Austria, how do you see the potential of Kaldera in the energy sector in these markets?
The fact that we were invited to present at the Macedonian Energy Forum in Skopje with only three other companies shows that our references were recognized. We expect several important meetings and agreements with existing and new partners to whom we will offer our products with proven quality, but also some novelties that we are working on.
With our concept for product development, we have surpassed the markets in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is evident by the opening of our office in Serbia, the projects we have worked on and are working on in Croatia, and through Italian partners, we expect delivery to India and Portugal soon. As an authorized distributor and partner of Siemens, our technologies are in line with European and world standards and I do not doubt that we can be competitive and respected in every market.
What does the market in the region look like now, how do you plan to "master" it?
Appearing in another speaking area, with other regulations governing a particular area, with completely different terms and licenses is a big challenge and requires a lot of work, but it is also a huge reference and something that represents the future of any serious company. Of course, it is easier to perform in the region because that market is closer to us, and with our quality and price, we have a better chance.
As for the Macedonian market, now our colleagues from Infinity Energy and ITSS are here with their experts from the energy sector who are a significant reinforcement of our "know-how" capacities at the group level.
Our products, i.e. their installation, are often related to construction works and infrastructure, which is an additional opportunity to establish new partnerships with Macedonian companies.
What can Kaldera offer, primarily on the Macedonian market?
Our medium-voltage plants are something that allows us to compete with the leaders in that area. We are preparing for another range of products that will involve serious work from design and preparation to the final product, such as our armored and secondary transformer station, and by the beginning of December, we will develop a special device that deals with protection from hail clouds. It is a generator that is made according to European standards, according to which the firing of anti-hail missiles is prohibited. There are also the launchers that we have developed to prevent hail, as well as systems to power them and connect to the command. We are especially proud of the Pogorjelici radar on Jahorina, which was made under the watchful eye of the World Hydrometeorological Organization and is a reference with which we can present ourselves to everyone.
Does entering new markets mean creating new jobs?
Of course. Kaldera hired more than 40 workers last year even though it was a time of the pandemic, and it was a great success. Recently, the process for hiring new engineers ended, with which we want to complete the capacities and close the production cycle, from the beginning to the end. With our workforce and quality, we can do whatever the client wants because we are not dealing with either serial or seasonal production but with something that represents the future.
How did such production and Kaldera "survive" this year with the pandemic?
It was not easy, but we adjusted. We witnessed tectonic disturbances in the markets of steel, copper, aluminum, and at the same time, some agreements were signed earlier and that we had to respect. The end result was that we managed to deliver all the agreed obligations without any complaints and we are really proud of that. Also, by the end of the year, we will complete a new hall in which most of the production segments should be separated. From October 1, we are introducing a new scanning program that monitors the entire production process, to see even more precisely what our advantages and disadvantages are. In short, we are creating a concept of Kaldera self-sustainability, which in collaboration with our group colleagues and foreign partners can appear in any market.
One of the main topics lately is renewable energy sources, which will be also discussed at the MEF Energy Forum in Skopje. Can Kaldera meet these challenges as well?
If I tell you that research has shown that by 2025 world electricity consumption will increase by 50 percent, you will understand how important that is. New consumers are constantly appearing that not only demand more electricity but also demand electricity with better quality. That is why we have stepped in that area, from design and construction to maintenance of such systems. We will soon be introducing the Kaldera Energy mini plant when it comes to solar energy. It is an area that requires constant investment and market monitoring. You have to keep up with the times, which requires us to be constantly at a "fierce" pace.