Carthago Group opens new Slovenia plant

Carthago Group opens new Malibu Van plant in Slovenia that will help increase production capacity of its popular products and create 300 jobs in the Ormož region of the country. The doors of the new €50 million plant opened one year to the day after the first foundation stone was laid, with the opening ceremony attended by high-profile guests including Slovenian President Nataša Pirc Musar and Matjaž Han, Minister for Economy, Tourism and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia.

Carthago president and founder Karl-Heinz Schuler said: “In addition to our headquarters in Aulendorf/Upper Swabia, the plants in Odranci and now in Ormož constitute a supporting and indispensable pillar of the Carthago Group. Without the foothold in Slovenia, the Carthago Group wouldn’t be what it is today: one of Europe’s most successful manufacturers of premium category motorhomes.”

The move of the vans to the new plant will free up capacity for motorhome production in Odranci. No jobs will be lost as a result. On the contrary: The location will undergo further expansion, and more new employees are going to be taken on.

Environmentally friendly manufacturing: Economy and ecology in harmony

When the plant was being constructed in Ormož, the focus was not only on state-of-the-art and efficient production, but also on protecting the environment and sustainability. Markus Kern, CEO of Carthago: “We are combining economy and ecology in an exemplary way in Ormož.”

About a third of the site consists of planted and green areas. The LED lighting saves energy, as does heat recovery during the generation of compressed air and vacuums. The power supply to the plant comes from a combined heat and power plant and a photovoltaic system with an impressive output of one megawatt. Periods of peak power demand are covered by highly efficient heat pumps. All of the production and office rooms can be heated and cooled, and can also be ventilated in a controlled manner. Stefan Weiß, Managing Director of Carthago d.o.o., summarises: "The result is a state-of-the-art and exemplary environmentally friendly manufacturing facility.”

2023: the big year of anniversaries in the Carthago Group

The opening of the new Ormož plant is taking place in a remarkable year for the Carthago Group: it is celebrating ten years of the Malibu Van, 15 years of the Odranci plant and ten years of Carthago City, the company headquarters of the Carthago Group in Germany that is unique within the industry. And last but not least, the municipality of Ormož is celebrating its 750th anniversary in 2023.