In the call for the best innovations, awarded by the Gorenjska and Koroška Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the SIJ Group has recently received a total of six awards – five Gold awards and one Silver award. Three Gold regional innovations have gone through to the next round at the national level.
Acroni was named the most innovative company in the Gorenjska region. Dr. Matevž Fazarinc, Director of Development at Acroni and RCJ (Jesenice Development Center), said: “The non-acidic cleaning of hot and cold rolled steel strips is a ‘one in a thousand’ innovation, as it enables higher productivity, lower operating costs, better properties of the end product, a significantly reduced environmental footprint and improved safety at work. It is the perfect ‘win-win’ innovation.”
Receiving a total of three regional Gold awards, the two Koroška companies of the SIJ Group – Metal Ravne and Ravne Systems – have proven to be similarly innovative. Ravne Systems won a Gold award for producing a multi-purpose CNC (Computer Numerical Control) controlled machine for the manufacture of industrial blades. The second Gold award was given to Metal Ravne for the forging and heat treatment of large pieces of stainless steel.