The company SIMPLEX d.o.o. is successfully implementing the project called "Digital transformation of the company Simplex d.o.o.", reference number NPOO.C1.1.2.R3-I3.01.0787.

The project plans to implement new digital solutions, tools and equipment with the aim of significantly improving the company's business processes, as well as introducing a new business model based on new production methods and business practices.

The project will result in:
• By achieving a 21% increase in sales revenue in the year m+2 as a result of the implemented digital transformation
• Increasing the competitiveness of Simplex d.o.o. through the contribution of 6 main determinants of business
• Significantly improved at least 4 business processes for the purpose of digital transformation (target 10)
• Introduced a new business model through the introduction of new production capabilities and business practices
• Strengthened human capacities in the sphere of digital competences through the education of 27 employees of the company

More information about the project:

The total value of the project – 124.326,29 €
Total value of eligible costs – 124.206,84 €
Grants – 86.944,78 €
Private contribution – 37.262,06 €

The project started on 01.09.2022. and the end of the implementation is scheduled for 24 months, i.e. 01.09.2024.

Goals and results of the project proposal:
The main goal of the project is to enable the company Simplex d.o.o. to significantly improve or incrementally reorganize its own business by applying the above-mentioned strategies and solutions with the aim of raising/achieving:
• Business profitability
• Increasing competitiveness through increasing business efficiency
• Growth in new markets with an emphasis on foreign markets
• New employment



Total costs: 205.144,00 kn

Grants 101.435,75 kn

Total eligible costs 156.055,00 kn

The project implementation period is from December 31 st 2018 to October 1 st 2019.

The implementation of the "Standards to a new markets" project will contribute to strengthening the industry's competitiveness in mounting and manufacturing elevators on the domestic and international markets. The project introduces and certifies two quality management systems according to HRN EN ISO 3834 and HRN EN 1090-2 standards, which will ensure the quality of welding services and steel structures, thus meeting the requirements of existing customers and maintaining a reliable partner status on domestic and international market, and expand to the markets of the Middle East. The implementation of the project will enable the Borrower long-term financial sustainability through planned increase in sales revenue by 5%, and in addition to retaining existing employees, employing at least 5 new. 

Simplex d.o.o. is introducing two international quality management systems are hereby introduced and certified according to HRN EN ISO 3834 and HRN EN 1090-2 standards, which will ensure the quality of welding services and steel structures, in order to increase the company's recognizability and competitiveness on the foreign market. The HRN EN ISO 3834 standard deals with the requirements for welding quality and has been prepared to determine the controls and procedures throughout the welding process, such as: contract and project review, subcontracting, welding staff, control and testing personnel, equipment (production and WPS welding technology specification, welding technology qualification, operating instructions, documentation), consumable and auxiliary welding materials (general provisions, test batches, test equipment, equipment description, storage and handling), storage of base material, heat treatment after welding, control and testing related to welding; control and testing during welding; control and testing after welding; control and testing status, non-conformance and corrective measures, calibration, identification and traceability, quality records. Generally, these requirements relate only to those aspects of the quality of the products affected by the welding process without having to join one of the specific product groups, which means that by introducing and certifying this system we do not limit ourselves to certain types of welding but rather create a presumption for considerably increasing the scope of services and products. EN 1090 refers to components which are permanently installed in construction objects and whose properties have an impact on the essential characteristics and characteristics of construction objects and may affect some or all of the following essential characteristics: mechanical resistance and stability; fire safety; hygiene, health and the environment; safety and accessibility in use; noise protection; save energy and preserve heat; sustainable use of natural resources. The aim of the standard is to ensure unobstructed flow remove technical barriers to free trade, to ensure the same quality standards within the European Union, remove technical barriers to free trade, to ensure the same quality standard for all EU countries. Until 01.07.2014. all EU member states had to regulate their European legislation and enable the application of EN 1090 for steel and aluminum construction manufacturers. This means that all companies wishing to put their steel or aluminum construction products on the EU single market must have a certified factory production control system that will enable them to issue a Statement of Characteristics and CE Marking of their products.

In order to meet the requirements for certification under the HRN EN 1090-2 standard, the applicant must establish a management system that will be able to prove that it can produce the product / component / assembly through the following actions:

a) Initial sample testing. Initial testing involves a complete set of tests or other procedures that determine the performance of samples of a product representative of that product type. The main objective is to show and evaluate that the manufacturer can construct structural components in accordance with this European standard. The estimate relates to two possible tasks performed by the manufacturer and the ITC for the assessment of the design design ability where the manufacturer determines the structural characteristics of the component design and initial testing of the product (ITT) for the product's ability to evaluate the factory production control by the manufacturer , including inspection and testing of product samples from production in accordance with the manufacturer's prescribed design. Initial type testing must be performed: - at the beginning of the production of a new component or the use of new constituent products (except components from the same group).

b) factory control system. The manufacturer must establish, document and maintain the factory production control system (FPC) in order to ensure that products placed on the market comply with the declared performance characteristics. The FPC system must consist of written procedures, regular examinations and tests, and the use of the results obtained for verification of components, equipment, production classes and manufactured components. The factory control of production defines responsibilities, responsible persons and bodies, and the relationship between the persons who manage, execute or verify the tasks related to the conformity of the product according to the requirements set. The equipment used in the factory control system must be moderate and regularly reviewed in accordance with documented procedures, frequencies and criteria. Inspection and maintenance of equipment is carried out and recorded in accordance with written procedures of the manufacturer. The record is retained in the period defined by the manufacturer's FPC procedures. As apparent from the descriptions and requirements of these standards, their implementation will mean the establishment of a structured and documented management system for the production of steel structures (including all processes linked to production from contracting, procurement, design, control, maintenance, storage, ...) thus ensuring a safe, high quality and competitive product on the domestic and European markets.

The primary market for Simplex is the European Union market. So far, the company has realized several projects in Croatia, which is not the primary market, and over 1000 installed elevators in more than 15 countries. Currently, the European Union market is the most important for survival and further growth. Simplex has sales offices in Germany and France, which are also the largest markets in the European Union and have made the majority of their projects. A more active appearance on the UK and Switzerland markets was planned through the opening of branches in the following year. The strategic goal of the company SImplex is to secure its share in the markets where the company is not yet present (the Middle East market and North Africa, China, India) as well as to offer new products to help complete the process from design, manufacture and installation of elevators until its maintenance modernization. The project will be realized at the location of North Street 15, Gornja Vrba, where the manufacturing facility is located.

This project will be implemented through the following 9 months activity groups: 1. Preparation, introduction and certification of quality management system according to HRN EN ISO 3834 and HRN EN 1090

2. Education of employees, which will educate a total of 7 employees

3. Promotion and Visibility - Promotional Material, Website, Article in the Newspaper, Applicant will inform the public of the project

4. Project management - implementation of project management, administration and procurement procedures will ensure the implementation of the project in accordance with the proposed activities in order to achieve the results, the purpose and the purpose of the project.

The Implementation Team, with expert and advisory assistance from external experts, will take care of project implementation in accordance with the previously allocated activities and the achievement of all previously defined indicators. The implementation of these activities will result in increased recognition and competitiveness in foreign markets, which will enable increased sales revenue by 5% and employ at least 5 employees, thus achieving the project's goal / purpose. The target group of the project is the Employer of the Applicant, who will use the new technology to improve knowledge and skills, newcomers and customers to whom new products will be available.






With project ˝Elevators without borders˝worth 16.070.555,00 kn company Simplex, will contribute to strengthening the industry's competetiveness in the installation and production of elevators on domestic and international markets.

The purpose of project is to increase the company's competetiveness by expandind its existing capacity and diversifying production of elevator componenets and its own elevators.

This project is of utmost importance to the company as it will be able to meet the demand for products that is considerably higher than the existing production capacity. Existing buyers expressed interest in a much larger quantity of products than existing, which the company is not currently able to produce and deliver, and there is a risk of losing market share.

One of the prerequisites for further growth is diversification of products, not just an increase in the quantity of existing product groups. This requirement requires the rounding of the production cycle and the delivery of the final product for the buyers - lifts, which will be realize with this project. Of the current company machines, 50% is outdated and does not meet the default quality levels. In order to produce the products according to the required characteristics and requirements, each of the semi-finished products should be in the tolerance values of the project, and this half of the machines can’t achieve it. Problems of insufficient technological equipment and capacity that lead to unsatisfactory quality levels, insufficient quantities of existing products and the lack of individual products in the product range of enterprises preclude the growth of production and thereby increase sales revenue and export revenues.

Investing in new machines and equipment will bring not only the expansion of production capacities but also the raising of the degree of technological equipment in terms of increasing the quality of material processing, the efficiency of production processes, the shortening of the time required for the entire production process, and the respect of defined delivery terms by reducing the time and cost of production. This investment will reorganize the existing production processes and initiate the production of new product groups, resulting in the introduction into production of 6 new product groups and by completing the production cycle.

In order to increase the presence and recognition of the company Simplex on the domestic and international market, there are planned investments in promotional activities and participation in two international fairs, where besides the existing ones, new products will be introduced.

Given the expansion of existing capacities and diversification of products and the introduction of new technologies, it is necessary to improve the employees who continually monitor the development of the company and with its innovative approach to move the boundaries in assembly and production of elevators in the international market.

Expanding the capacity, diversifying the production of a business unit and enhancing the technological level, increasing employee competences in the elevator manufacturing segment and increasing the company's presence and recognizable on the international market will increase the company's competitiveness.

Ultimately, the realization of the project will enable the company to retain existing jobs and further recruitment of 20 employees, a 23% increase in sales revenue and 22% increase in revenues compared to the base year 2015. Above mentioned indicators show the economic and social impact in the Republic of Croatia.



Simplex from Slavonski Brod is one of the companies that withdrew the grants from the European Regional Development Fund thanks to E-impulse project. Simplex has applied project "CNC engraving" through the competition in July 2016 by the Ministry of economy, entrepreneurship and crafts.The company, with the intention of encouraging investment and capacity expansion in manufacturing and manufacturing services, has achieved the highest individual grant amount for 300,000.00 kn for entrepreneurs. Through the project worth a total of 674,500.00 kn, the company completed the production facility with two new valuable machines.

It is a CNC laser engraving machine and a CNC portal engraving machine.

Simplex directly invests in the supply of highly sophisticated equipment whose performance and precision can respond to all customer requirements in that material processing segment. The purchase of two new machines is way to the complete equipment of the manufacturing plant in order to meet the latest standard Simplex in the segment manufacturing elevator parts. The project is implemented from December 1st 2017 to July 1st  2018.



Simplex is an example of good practice in using business finance grants. From its inception until today, the company has expanded its business to foreign markets with the use of county, state and EU aid.

Simplex's primary market is the European Union. So far, the company has implemented several projects in Croatia, which is not its primary market, and over 1000 installed elevators in more than 20 countries around the world.

Currently, the European Union market is the most important for survival and further growth. Simplex also has a sales office in Germany, which is also the largest market in the European Union and has completed most of its projects there. Simplex's strategic goal is to secure a share in markets where the company is not yet present (Middle East and North Africa, China, India) and to offer new products to the market to complete the process from design, manufacture and installation of elevators to its maintenance and modernization.

Simplex d.o.o. is currently implementing a project called Interlift funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The total eligible costs of the Project amount to HRK 275,031.00, and the amount of support is HRK 178,770.15. The project implementation period is from July 1, 2021 to May 1, 2022.

The goal of the project is the internationalization of Simplex's business through participation in the international fair of elevators, parts and equipment. With this project, Simplex presented its products and services on the European Union market through the Interlift fair. this enabled the arrival of a larger number of potential customers and end users of the product, which resulted in increased business cooperation with foreign partners. At one of the world's largest specialized fairs in the elevator industry sector, they presented innovations from the production program.

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