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It was way back in 1992 that Henkel became one of the first companies to issue an annual report on sustainable operations, and in so doing established clear goals

Henkel has been present in our region for decades, with operations in Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia. It has production sites in Kruševac, Maribor, Inđija and Bileća, while its administrative centres are in Belgrade, Zagreb, Ljubljana and Sarajevo.

Henkel is a company that has been building a strong corporate culture for the last 148 years, amassing a legacy and forging a future for the benefit of all generations. With its two sectors of Adhesive Technologies and Consumer Brands, coupled with its many brands, innovations and technologies, this company occupies leading market positions in the industrial and consumer sectors worldwide.

Zagreb, Croatia Inđija, Serbia

As a company with around 48,000 employees worldwide, Henkel is both a leader in sustainability and a pioneer in the applying of new sustainable development solutions. It was way back in 1992 that Henkel became one of the first companies to issue an annual report on sustainable operations, and in so doing established clear goals. The first Henkel Sustainability Strategy was published in 2010 and contained ambitious and measurable short- and long-term goals. A global sustainability strategy is applied in all countries where Henkel operates, and runs through the entire value chain, encompassing company activities that contribute to social progress and environmental preservation through the active participation of employees. The products and technologies of our strong brands, such as Loctite, Schwarzkopf and Persil, form a basic necessity of daily life for people in more than 100 countries.

DECADES PRESENT IN THE REGION

Henkel has been present in our region for several decades, with operations in Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia. Thanks to teams with great expertise and highly motivated employees, we have production sites in the region – in Kruševac, Maribor, Inđija and Bileća – that are extremely important to both business sectors of the Henkel system. Meanwhile, the administrative centres of our operations are located in Belgrade, Zagreb, Ljubljana and Sarajevo.

It was almost 35 years ago, with the privatisation of the Zlatorog Factory, that Henkel entered the Slovenian market and began building its success on the back of high-quality processes, brands and technologies, together with the satisfaction of consumers and employees.

Inđija, Serbia

Henkel Maribor is home to the ‘European Competence Center for Hair Coloration Manufacturing for Henkel Consumer Brands’ and represents one of the key manufacturing locations in this business sector’s supply network.

Bileća, Bosnia & Herzegovina

The key to Henkel Maribor’s success lies in the swift responses of all employees to changes; in their motivation and expert knowledge in the fields of research and development, packaging and microbiology, which contributes significantly to the company’s success and dedication to high-quality work.

NO SUCCESS WITHOUT VISION

The vision of Serbia as a manufacturing hub supplying tens of millions of consumers worldwide with Henkel detergents and household chemical brands, as well as products from the Ceresit portfolio, has been realised thanks to strong teams in Kruševac, Belgrade and Inđija. With its two business sectors – Henkel Consumer Brands and Adhesive Technologies – Henkel holds a leading market position in both industrial products and consumer goods.

As a company with around 48,000 employees worldwide, Henkel is both a leader in sustainability and a pioneer in the applying of new sustainable development solutions

The manufacturing site in Kruševac, where the installation of one of the biggest solar power plants in the Henkel system is currently underway, ranks among the top factories, thanks to its results and a dedicated team. It represents a complex manufacturing system with a regional logistics centre, while it is also a centre of innovation and an exclusive supplier to world markets. Apart from its importance to the Henkel system, this factory also plays a strong role in supporting Serbia’s economic growth.

Kruševac, Serbia

CELEBRATING A MAJOR JUBILEE

Henkel Croatia is based in Zagreb and is this year celebrating 30 years of successful operations. In the build up to this major anniversary, the offices have been renovated and given a new and modern open-space makeover based on the Smart Work concept. This concept had already been implemented at several Henkel locations and has now also arrived in our region. A pleasant and nicely arranged workspace provides additional motivation for employees, who the company consider as being its best ambassadors. Caring for employees is one of the most important values nurtured at Henkel.

Maribor, Slovenia

Henkel has been present at two locations in Bosnia and Herzegovina for many years: Sarajevo and Bileća. As of last year, the Ceresit factory in Bileća has been among the first Henkel factories worldwide to become fully carbon neutral. Thanks to its geographical location, the city of Bileća enjoys 2,200 hours of sunlight annually, which makes it one of the most favourable locations to invest in solar energy. Interestingly, this site was also selected because a supplier of ground calcium carbonate, the most important raw material for Ceresit products, is located in the immediate vicinity.

COOPERATION THAT BEGAN HALF A CENTURY AGO

It was early in the new millennium that Henkel, in recognising the Serbian market’s potential and advantages, the strength of local brands and the country’s excellent geographical position, set the clear goal of Serbia becoming a regional hub for manufacturing and distribution. The famous Merima company from Kruševac became part of the Henkel CEE group in 2002. It is interesting to note that both Merima and Henkel were founded in the 19th century and that their first collaboration – on the joint production of Persil – was realised in the early 1970s.

INVESTING IN SUSTAINABILITY PAYS OFF

Henkel Maribor invested in its sustainability early this year by installing solar panels on the roof of its building, with the aim of increasing its energy production from renewables. These solar installations have a power generation capacity of 738.45 kWh, covering 10% of the company’s annual electricity needs. The energy produced will be equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions by 196 tons a year, or planting 8,900 trees.

EMPLOYEES COOPERATE MUTUALLY

Henkel’s operations across the region comprise employees with various profiles, experiences and skills, who – through their mutual cooperation, respect and commitment – make a difference and set an example of successfully doing business. Henkel dares to make significant changes and to contribute to creating a more sustainable future; We dare to make an impact, as pioneers at heart, for the good of generations.

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