THE MAJOR INDUSTRIES and INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES
The Koroška region is focused in seeking opportunities to develop existing and new environmental friendly activities with higher added value, especially in the field of major industries. These major industries are: wood industry, metallurgical industry, and tourism.
The vision of the Koroška region by 2020 is to become (as well as to remain) an economically successful and a socially and spatially connected community that encourages creativity, entrepreneurship, openness, and inclusiveness for everyone, while enabling its population to enjoy a high quality life, healthy and safe working conditions, clean environment, and a sustainable management of natural resources.
Slovenia is one of the most forested countries in Europe; Koroška is considered as one of the most forested regions in Slovenia. The wood stock is estimated over 6.4 million m3, the annual growth is estimated at over 0.6 million m3 of wood.
In the past, forestry and wood-processing were very important industries and employed many people from this region. Today, most of the unprocessed wood from Koroška is exported mainly to Austria. Unprocessed wood from Koroška finds its customers also throughout Europe and North America, where it is processed into the most valuable wood products.
The region with sufficient quantities of quality wood, which is in the immediate proximity and permanently accessible, with the knowledge, supported services – also in the fields of education, research and development – and defined plans for establishing forest-wooden chain, offers many opportunities for the future development of the industry and for investing in existing or new processing capacities, mainly for finished products and intermediate products with higher added value.
In Koroška, wood is a raw product of the future and its systematic use provides efficient and friendly industry.
Koroška is considered as one of the oldest Slovenian industrial regions, where the most important industry is metal processing industry in terms of turnover and export.
The materials (iron and steel) as a potential technology represent one of the key competences of the region in the connection with other industries in the country and outside of it. The fact, that metalwork is an industry with a high potential, is proven by companies which invested in the past years in technological update of the production, in order to ensure competitiveness and increase production capacities.
Long tradition, valuable experience, innovative approach, good quality services, and the presence of Koroška‘s companies on the global markets, offer to potential investors opportunities for the future development and entrance on the domestic and foreign markets.
Tourism – leisure:
Koroška offers vast opportunities for leisure as well as for the investment in the development of tourism and tourism-related activities.
The Koroška Region as a destination is yet an undiscovered, hidden natural gem with great potential. It especially impresses those who appreciate green ecotourism based on boutique tourism products and authentic experiences. Its core attribute and advantage is unspoiled green nature that offers a vast array of possibilities for outdoor activities, especially cycling and hiking. It is ideal for countryside holidays. We take pride in our rich heritage, with former traditional economic activities now turning into tourist attractions. Examples of these are kayaking and cycling in a disused mine (the Podzemlje Pece Tourist Mine and Museum), timber rafting along the Drava River, and others.
The Koroška Region also stands out internationally:
- The Peca Bike Park has the longest single trails in Slovenia and the longest flow trail in Europe.
- The K-24 is the toughest hiking challenge in Koroška.
- We host prestigious events, such as the Enduro World Series 2018 mountain biking race (one of eight in the world and five in Europe).
Investors have many options for investing in the development of tourism infrastructure and tourism related services.