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Second successive business delegation of woodworking companies in the USA
21. May. 2018 - 25. May. 2018
The Wood Industry Cluster and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, in cooperation with the Public Agency SPIRIT Slovenia and the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia, organized a very successful economic delegation of woodworking companies in the USA in New York, Cleveland and Pittsburgh from 21 to 25 May 2018.
Delegations attended the representatives of the companies Donar, Lina Design, CETA, Florjancic, Potocnik, LESNA Vrata, CBD and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia and they were accompanied by the economic adviser, Metka Urbas from the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington. The organizers of the visit included Honorary Consul of the Republic of Slovenia in New York, Erik Horvat and Pittsburgh, Petra Mitchell and Jurcek Zmauc, President of the Slovene-American Business Club in Cleveland (SABA). You can see the delegation’s brochure HERE.
The American market can be an important export market for Slovenian woodworkers, especially furniture makers. In this specific, promising market, as in the EU, the market is currently growing, which represents a good basis for the realization of export transactions, including in the field of interior design. The aim of the delegation was to consolidate the bases for strengthening US exports in the coming years and strengthening business relations with businessmen and architects in the US.
In New York, on May 21, a delegation visited the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia to the UN and met with Honorary Consul Erik Horvat and businessman Emil Gaspari. Delegation also welcomed by Ambassador Darja Bavdaz Kuret.
On Tuesday, May 22, a seminar was organized by the European American Chamber of Commerce New York, where various aspects of the US business market were presented: from the legal and customs aspects of operations in the US market, the possibilities of financing within the supply chain, the understanding of the furniture market in terms of design, readiness for the size and specifics of the US market and logistics, storage and transportation. Separately, meetings were held with two Slovenian entrepreneurs who have long been successful in the US market, they are active primarily in the furnishing of various facilities, which could be interesting for the participating Slovenian companies.
In addition, a meeting was held with representatives of one of the largest US architecture and design company Gensler and took a visit at some potential locations for pop-up shops. The delegation also visited the ICFF Fair, where they were introduced to trends in the US market.
The President of SABA, Jurcek Zmauc, organized a meeting in Cleveland on 23 May with representatives of various architectural bureaus and interior design offices. Participants were also greeted by Consul General of R Slovenia, Andrej Gregor Rode. Delegation also looked at the building projects of wooden houses of different qualities, which gave a better insight into the standards and quality of construction and furnishing of residential facilities in the USA.
On May 24, Honorary Consul Petra Mitchell in Pittsburgh organized a meeting with representatives of local authorities and institutions for international cooperation and various architectural bureaus who were able to get acquainted with the programs and products offered by various companies. The event was also attended by a representative of the Ministry of Agriculture of Pennsylvania, who presented their wood industry. The visit of the delegation was concluded on 25 May with a meeting with members of the SNPJ (Slovene National Supporting Unit).
For businesses in the delegation, a visit to the United States was a welcome opportunity to obtain a wide range of market information relevant to the development of business on this market, as well as concrete business contacts. The experiences of Slovenian entrepreneurs already active on this market were also very welcome, and they were ready to share their experiences. Some companies from the delegation are already selling to the US and their visit has been an upgrade to the previous operation.
The activity is co-financed by the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia – Directorate for Woodworking.