STA, 16 May 2022 - Home appliances producer Gorenje, which is part of the Hisense Europe group, has overtaken drug makers Lek and Krka to become the country's biggest exporter in 2021, with exports totalling almost two billion euros, according to data gathered by Delo.
Lek is in second place with EUR 1.59 billion and Krka right behind with exports worth EUR 1.47 billion. The only other company to break the one-billion mark is the Renault-owned car assembly plant Revoz with EUR 1.18 billion.
Revoz saw its export revenue decrease compared to 2021, whereas Lek and Krka posted solid gains and Gorenje reported an increase in exports of over 70% on the year before.
"In the first Covid year in 2020 there was a disastrous decline in orders, but in 2021 orders in the white goods segment surged. None of these years was typical. Demand is already tapering off this year," Gorenje said.
Steel group SIJ is in fifth place with EUR 820 million worth of exports, followed closely by aluminium producer Impol (EUR 800 million).
The top ten is rounded off by Caravan maker Adria Mobil (EUR 538 million), home appliances maker BSH Hišni Aparati (EUR 535), the industrial conglomerate Kolektor (EUR 351 million) and Mahle Electric Drives (EUR 324 million).