21-May-2015 Maribor / Slovenia
25 years of Henkel in Slovenia
Twenty-five years ago, Henkel established a joint venture in Slovenia, incorporating the then state-owned plant in Maribor. In 1990, the arrival of foreign capital in the former Yugoslavia was still rare, and Henkel’s focus on innovation and social responsibility drove the successful further development of the acquired company. In 1997, Henkel took over full ownership of the joint venture, establishing Henkel in Slovenia. Since the beginning of its operations in 1990, Henkel has increased plant production twelve-fold, investing more than 40 million euros in the company in the last five years alone.
In 2013, the company split into two separate companies: Henkel Maribor and Henkel Slovenia. The production was transferred to the newly established company Henkel Maribor, while marketing and sales remained the domain of Henkel Slovenia. Henkel Maribor is one of the most important production sites of Henkel’s business unit Beauty Care, and is also the Technical Competence Center for R&D, Packaging, Planning and Microbiology.
Henkel in Slovenia places a strong emphasis on social responsibility and concern for the environment, participating in projects related to humanitarianism, education, and caring for the environment. For example, the company has been involved in Formula Student, a student design competition carried out in cooperation with different universities, and the Henkel Innovation Challenge, Henkel’s environmentally-conscious student product design competition.