Uniprom has created an amazing and innovative industrial zone (park) in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro. Several modern plants (factories) are situated here, providing employment to hundreds of local citizens. From July 2014, when the land was purchased from bankrupted KAP (Kombinat Aluminijuma Podgorica), Uniprom has invested over €20m in capacity increase, equipment overhaul and modernisation. Today, Uniprom is proud to be one of the country's largest manufacturers and exporters, with ample room for growth in the coming years.
Uniprom's business zone in Podgorica has major advantages for manufacturing facilities which wish to develop their production capabilities:
The industrial zone is located near several important infrastructure points: the main international airport of Podgorica, an internal railway connected to the regional railway Bar-Belgrade, a distance of only 53km from the largest port in Montenegro (Bar). A new highway is being completed near the zone which will connect Uniprom to the main road Podgorica-Cetinje-Budva.
Electricity systems, transmission lines and substations have all been improved and allow for cheaper energy. A long-term contract with Elektroprivreda (Montenegro Electricity State Co.) has been signed for continuous electricity supply.
The plant is connected to a sophisticated water supply and sewage infrastructure; the wastewater treatment plant is located on the coast of the Moraca river.
In cooperation with Uniprom Energy, a network for natural gas supply (CNG and LNG) has been installed throughout the Uniprom zone. Thus, all current and future users can be connected to it, providing major energy savings and benefits to the environment as a result of reduced emissions.
The aluminium industry represents an extremely competitive and highly consolidated industry. The main reason why most of the global output has been divided amongst a small group of producers lies in the fact that the aluminium production process is highly complex and capital intensive.
The process of aluminium production consists of bauxite extraction (note that bauxite resources are scarce worldwide), alumina production and smelting of aluminium. Uniprom's experience, led by its principal Mr. Veselin Pejovic who has been involved in the industry for decades, combined with its own proprietary technology and steady access to cost-competitive energy, enables the establishment and on-going cost efficient production scheme.
Uniprom's factories include:
-- An aluminium electrolysis operation, producing aluminium P1020 sold as T-Bar (99.7% aluminium T-ingots) - production exceeds 60K tons per year..
-- Silumina Foundry Alloy - makes all types of alloys out of which one is for the automotive industry - over 30K tons per year
-- Aluminium Billets Factory (completion: 2019)
Future plans include construction of factories to produce aluminium wire rods, sheets and profiles.
Re the new billets factory: the metal quality is related to two factors: casting and homogenising. Regarding the latter, Uniprom is using continuous homogenising processes and the billets will have better uniformity in quality and straightness compared to batch homogenising process.
Furthermore, the best equipment and machinery in the world has been ordered (one supplier is Hertwich Engineering from Austria), which will save on manpower and costs due to the high level of automation and equipment design. To complement the highest quality metal which will be produced, Uniprom has also hired international expert engineers to manage the process engineering, data management and overall operations.