Today, the CEO of North Macedonia Free Zones, Aleksandar Mladenovski, and Oliver Burgel, Еxecutive Vice President of Germany’s Gerresheimer, in charge of Global Operations, Quality, and Procurement, signed a land lease agreement for the construction of their plant in the Skopje 2 free zone. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, and Vice Prime Minister Kocho Angjusev, were also present at the signing and gave statements to the media.

North Macedonia’s largest investment to date is planned to develop in five phases, with 400 new jobs opening during the first phase. Highly skilled engineers, computer scientists, and electrical engineers will be employed.

Construction of the plant for medical plastic in the Skopje 2 free zone is expected to begin during the first half of the year, and production should start in the middle of the following year.

This is Gerresheimer’s first investment in Southeast Europe. They chose to expand their production in North Macedonia due to its ideal location, good infrastructure, low costs, trained personnel, as well as stable and predictable Government policies.

Germany’s Gerresheimer, headquartered in Düsseldorf, is a leading manufacturer and global partner to the pharma and healthcare industry, with their specialty glass and plastic products. The company has worldwide operations, at approximately 40 production plants, and roughly 10,000 employees manufacture their products in local markets, close to their customer base. With plants in 15 countries throughout Europe, North America, South America and Asia, Gerresheimer generates revenues of approximately €1.4 billion. Their comprehensive product portfolio includes pharmaceutical packaging and products for the safe, simple administration of medicines: insulin pens, inhalers, micro pumps, prefillable syringes, injection vials, ampules, bottles and containers for liquid and solid medicines with closure and safety systems as well as packaging for the cosmetics industry. Gerresheimer also makes glass bottles for cosmetics and beverage companies.