Belgium’s Van Hool invested in a production facility in the Skopje 2 free zone, and it is the company’s first strategic investment in a production capacity outside of Belgium. This subsequently coincided with its 65th anniversary celebration. The Greenfield investment project is worth €25 million and currently employs 800 people.
For over 65 years, Van Hool of Belgium has a reputation for designing and building high quality, state-of-the-art customized products.
Van Hool manufactures approximately 1,400 buses and coaches, and as many as 4,000 commercial vehicles annually of which 80% are exported worldwide. With a workforce of over 4,000, Van Hool is a major bus manufacturer in Europe, offering a complete range of buses for public transport to international markets.
In May 2016, Van Hool invested a second time in a new production facility worth €15 million, creating 400 new jobs at the same location in the Skopje 2 free zone. The investment was planned to be carried out in three phases. The first phase took place in September 2016 with the completion of the warehouse. During the second phase in April 2017, four new production lines were opened, which doubled the capacity for production of buses. The third, and final phase in August 2017 saw the opening of an additional chamber for painting the buses that were built. The total number of Van Hool employees at the start of the 2018 calendar year was approximately 1,220 people.