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A new Kempinski hotel complex with a strong Slovenian component

2. 9. 2013
At today’s opening ceremony of the 2013 Bled Strategic Forum Janez Škrabec, the manager of Riko, Branko Selak, the manager of Marmor Hotavlje, Aleksander Polovič, the Chairman of Board in Stilles and Kristijan Petek, the manager of Klima Petek, signed a Cooperation Treaty for the construction of the prestigious Kempinski hotel complex in Minsk. The contract between Riko as general operator of the Kempinski project and the companies Marmor Hotavlje, Stilles and Klima Petek was signed in presence of our Minister of Foreign Affairs Karl Erjavec and His Excellency Aliaksandr Khainouski, the Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to Slovenia.
Riko as project promoter wants to spice up the project by adding a unique Slovenian note to the implementation process. The Slovenian companies Marmor Hotavlje, Stilles and Klima Petek managed to defeat their cut-neck European competitors and convince the Kempinski hotel chain, the HBA interior design studio and the project investor with their competitive offer, great technical solutions and the high quality sample room they have presented.

Marmor Hotavlje was engaged in this project from the beginning, for it was hired by Riko to construct the hotel’s stone facade. After signing this contract Marmor Hotavlje will be given a new mission; it will do the ceramics and stone carving in the standard rooms of the new hotel. Silles will be entrusted with the entire interior design of the first (out of two) series of standard rooms and Klima Petek will install the smoke and heat outlet segment and take care of the hotel ventilation system. In the near future Klima Petek and IMP Hidria will apply to take care of the hotel’s fire protection and air-conditioning.  

Riko believes that giving its projects a Slovenian touch is the basic principle for the implementation of complex projects in foreign countries. In order to transfer this idea to the discussed project, Riko engaged all participants i.e. the project leaders, interior designers and contractors and adapted the idea of incorporating a Slovenian component to the requirements and expectations of the investor who has been regularly testing the products and production capacities.   

The prestigious Kempinski project (full size of the hotel complex is 70.000 m2) is currently the biggest construction project of the Slovenian company Riko d.o.o. The main contractor (Riko d.o.o.) and his chosen local subcontractors have already finished the reinforced concrete construction of the facilities and arranged the energy source connectors, have just started glazing the facilities and are working on the natural stone ventilated facade in cooperation with Marmor Hotavlje. As foreseen, the hotel will be handed over to the contract giver in the spring of 2014.

»With its complex projects Riko is gaining ground on the markets of the Former Soviet Union and the Former Republic of Yugoslavia and its mission is to incorporate a strong and recognizable Slovenian component into huge and reference projects. I am convinced that the Kempinski hotel complex will carry the stamp of excellent Slovenian manufacturers just like the Peter I hotel in the centre of Moscow or the hydroelectric power plant Sveta Petka in Macedonia. I am pleased that Riko’s two other big projects i.e. the construction of the Ivanovo textile mill and the construction of the diesel engine manufacturing company in Zvezda in the Russian Federation are making such a good progress, for this is the key to new opportunities in the field of Slovenian technological equipment and product integration”, pointed out Riko’s Director Janez Škrabec.

At the 9th session of the intergovernmental Slovenian-Russian Commission for trade, economy, science and technical cooperation Riko from Slovenia and Zvezda from St. Petersburg signed a contract for the design and construction of a manufacturing company for new diesel engines with maximum power of 1800 kW. The preparations of the financial plan are soon to be finished and the technological solutions for the factory’s technology and design in preparation. The foundation stone of the special fabric textile mill in the Ivanovo Oblast in the Russian Federation will be laid this week, on 5 September to be exact. As foreseen, Riko will start with the constructions end of while the financial preparations are already in progress. The contract between Riko and the investor was signed in the premises of the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia to the Russian Federation in May. Our Minister for Foreign Affairs Karl Erjavec and the Russian Minister for relations and mass communication Nikolaj Nikiforo met at the Strmol castle end of July and added this project to the priority list in order to increase the bilateral economic cooperation between the two countries.

Janez Škrabec added that for winning complex projects on international markets and fighting off the cut-neck competition companies require the support of the economic diplomacy. »I would like to compliment the specific endeavours of Karl Erjavec who as competent Minister is well aware of our mission’s importance. My compliments also to all ambassadors who are carefully monitoring the events and opportunities that could help Slovenian companies enter the international markets.”