Buses are a booming business for Van Hool, the Belgian-owned company which produces them in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
The enterprise is based in a newly-created special economic zone on the outskirts of the nation’s capital, Skopje. It already exports hundreds of the coaches a year to the USA, and is expanding.
“Our capacity at the moment is, let’s say, 75 percent,” says Avram Stojchevski, Plant Manager, for Van Hool Macedonia.
“So let’s say we still have enough capacity to grow. Our plan is this year to start with the European model at the end of the year. That means our employee headcount will grow to 550-600 people,” he says.