Schüco, a German supplier of high-quality window, door and façade systems, is opening an engineering service centre in Vilnius. The company will form a team of specialists in civil and mechanical engineering to service its clients in North European countries and grow the company’s presence in these markets.
Magnus Winegård at Schüco points out that, thanks to its strong business links with Scandinavia and similar working culture, Lithuania is well placed to be a bridge into the Nordic market. “Lithuanians have been developing and making products for Scandinavian countries for a number of years now,” says Mr Winegård. ”Therefore, with the aim of expanding into the Scandinavian market, we decided to rely on the competencies and skills that Lithuania already has in order to meet the needs of our clients in this highly important market.”
The specialists at the engineering service centre in Lithuania will be responsible for the development of new façade systems, including producing 2D and 3D drawings and engineering modelling. The company is convinced that this will help boost its sales in Northern European countries. Down the line, it also anticipates the Vilnius centre servicing its clients in the UK and other Western European countries.
Gediminas Koryzna, head of investment promotion at the foreign investment promotion agency Invest Lithuania, believes the aesthetic side of the work Schüco provides adds an interesting new dimension to engineering services in Lithuania. “Lithuanian specialists have time and again proven how highly competent they are in the field of engineering,” explains Mr Koryzna. “Nonetheless, it is not often that foreign investors bring tasks requiring aesthetic competencies alongside engineering ones. The reasoning behind Schüco’s decision to choose Lithuania is also revealing. Lithuania is seen as a business environment with a similar working culture to Scandinavia, boasting fundamentally deeper connections. And Schüco’s new team will make these ties even stronger,” states Mr Koryzna.
Schüco was founded in 1951. Currently it employs over 4,700 people. Its partner network with 12,000 fabricators, developers, architects and investors is covering 80 countries worldwide. In 2016, the company’s turnover was €1.46 billion.
About Schüco: www.schueco.com