GOMMA Line, same knowledge, new factory
At the beginning of 2013 new business – Mold design & Manufacturing was analyzed. As Business plan confirmed validity of investment in new business, own facility 200 m far away from Head Office was adopted, new equipment was installed and local expert are engaged. All CNC machines are purchased from US company HAAS. Also, beside classic 3D measurement machine, optical scanner of last generation 3D ATOS Triple Scan was purchased; it was the first one device in Serbia. In the middle of June new Tool Workshop started to work and one month latter new tools for external parties was contracted. GOMMA Line was the first Serbian company which Serbian Government awarded with financial assets for new investment and employment. Concerning to new market, it is decided to establish cooperation with EU companies, as well as keep good relations with existing markets (Commonwealth of Independent States). After the audit from Renault/Nissan in May, GOMMA Line reached “b” rank. It provided production and deliveries of safety product to all Renault/Nissan companies. At the end of year audit from Mecaplast is performed and “A” rank was reached. It made precondition to start negotiation for new molded product for FIAT 500L trough deliveries to Mecaplast Zrenjanin. Surveillance audit according to ISO/TS 16949:2009 was successfully finished. GOMMA Line certified new scope – Mold design & Manufacturing according to ISO 9001:2008. Certification according to ISO 14001:2004 is performed, too. Turnover reached 4,5 M EUR and total number of employees was 123.
A new modern building for administration with a laboratory and new warehouse was built next to the production facility. The production of brake hoses was moved onto a separate shop floor and all of the production programs were located in a separate facility. ASES evaluation of Gomma Line performed by Renault/Nissan was successfully completed. Gomma Line met Renault / Nissan requirements for suppliers to R/N companies.
Export of rubber parts and brake hoses for AvtoVAZ and UAZ was started.
After homologation of sealing profiles for SIGIT S.p.a, Gomma became one of the few domestic companies which deliver products for origin production of the new FIAT 500L. The Quality Management System was certified according to ISO/TS 16949:2009 by Quality Austria. Gomma rewarded by SIEPA as the best Serbian Exporter in the category of small and medium enterprises. Turnover reached almost 4 M EUR and the total number of employees was 83.
At the beginning of the year, all production lines were installed into a completely new production facility. A new warehouse and laboratory was built and equipped. LAN environment, with a new server and business information software “Balans” was installed. Training of all involved employees for use of the new ERP was successfully completed.
Organizational transformation was completed. In January, implementation of ISO/TS 16949:2009 standard requirements was started. Process qualification from Renault/Nissan was started and from AvtoVAZ successfully finished. Turnover reached 2.45 M EUR and the total number of employees was 66.
The company had rapid growth in all business areas. Gomma Line started production of brake hoses for GM, Uzbekistan with hoses made in our own production facility and fittings imported from Quality Forming, Brescia, Italy. Gomma became the biggest Serbian exporter of rubber based products on the East European market. At the end of the year, a new production facility was bought at Petrovic Industrial area in Kragujevac.
Total turnover reached 2.2 million EUR and by the end of the year the number of employees was 54.
The Quality Management System was certified in March 2009 by Kvalitet, Niš. The company continued to expand significantly its participation in the rubber industry. At the end of the year, Mr. Igor Radovic joined existing shareholders. Total turnover reached over 600 K EUR from which more than 75% was based on export.
Two production lines were installed, an extrusion line for continuous vulcanization by UHF / hot air ovens, and a line for electrostatic flocking. Production of extruded and flocked rubber profiles was started.
The company started production of extruded rubber profiles for a new customer “MTZ”, Minsk, Belarus. Gomma Line established a business connection with a new customer in Germany and the first export to the EU was realized. On the domestic market, in relation to a contract with Nissal, Nis, Serbia, the product range was expanded with profiles for the construction industry (door and window sealing profiles).
GOMMA Line was founded by Mr. Goran Gvozdenovic and Mr. Nenad Cvetkovic as a Ltd company. The company started production of rubber tubes for air distribution inside a vehicle’s engine department. All of the products were exported on the Russian Federation market, mostly for GAZ, Nizhny Novgorod. During the year, production was started for a new customer: UAZ, Ulyjanovsk, Russia. GOMMA Line became an OEM after successfully finishing the process of homologation.