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GGT: The best way to sell in Slovakia

Sep 24, 2019
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After more than 20 years, GGT has become one of the leading trading companies in Slovakia. GGT has more than 10,000 square meters of warehouse space and more than 10,000 types of products. It is also the largest exclusive distributor of many of the world’s best-selling tobacco and supplementary products, including those of Japan Tobacco Inc.

GGT General Director Lubomir Baca

Aside from tobacco products and complementary smoking products, GGT also sells food and nonfood products, office supplies, medical aids, gifts and­ decorative articles through a network of more than 640 company-operated convenience stores and kiosks, 14 regional partners and supermarket chains such as Tesco and Billa.

“Every day, we have around 300 vehicles on the road distributing products to nearly 7,000 sales points nationwide. We are also an importer for multinational companies that import products to Slovakia. Some of them only have administrative operations, so all of their logistics are handled by us,” GGT General Director Lubomir Baca said.

In the last five years, GGT has expanded not only its product range, but also its activities and business network. It merged with Valmont and­ JAS (now GGT CZ, a.s.) in the Czech Republic, where it is now the second-largest distribution firm and sales network.

The largest trading company in Slovakia, GGT operates more than 640 convenience stores and kiosks across the country and works with major supermarket chains Tesco Stores, Billa Slovakia, LIDL, Kaufland, COOP Jednota.

It gradually expanded its activities by operating an extensive business-to-consumer (B2C) online shop, Fuego, supported by its own mail-order company DEPO with numerous conveniently located delivery points. For its B2C business, the company is well established in the field of selling tickets for various events through the Ticketmedia network.

GGT attributes its success to its commitment fair play even while it has clear dominance in Slovakia and can steer the market in its favor.

“As we reorganize our company, we are also introducing new technologies to make ordering easy for our networks and new services to our clients, like logistics capabilities for our online shops,” Baca said.

“Following Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent visit to Slovakia and the implementation of the new free trade agreement between Japan and the EU, we have become the best partner in this part of the world to sell and distribute tobacco products,” he said.

KVANT: Growing with laser light precision

Sep 24, 2019
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Founded in 1995, Kvant produces customized laser systems for advertising, art and entertainment purposes. Having built a strong reputation over nearly 25 years, the Slovakian company exports its products to 60 countries, including the United States and Japan.

Kvant has become the first choice for laser light solutions among small club owners and big budget show producers.

“Before, there was a misconception about the quality of products coming from Eastern Europe and customers preferred products from Germany. However, Kvant was able to remove this stigma and find success by producing high-quality products,” CEO and co-founder Pavol Kubosek said.

Committed to maintaining the quality of its products, Kvant incorporates components made in Japan and the U.S. to design the highly tailored laser light solutions demanded by its diverse clientele — from small dance club owners to producers of high-budget shows.

Kvant also recently moved into its new headquarters in the capital Bratislava in a space that allows it to double production capacity.

With 15 years of experience, Kvant customizes laser displays for any type of venue or event and has won several awards in the process.

“With 130 employees, we want to continue growing the company, while maintaining the quality of our products. We want to prepare new products that will be very innovative and competitive,” said Kubosek, a physicist by profession.

Having developed a diverse range of products, Kvant has been in the laser show production business for over 15 years. Since then, it has won several prestigious awards from the International Laser Display Association for its laser displays, 3D video and laser mapping, holographic fireworks and ­water shows.

Among the objectives of the company founders is to introduce science and physics in an interactive and entertaining way. In line with this vision, Kvant is planning to open the world’s first museum of light in the Czech Republic in 2019.

“We are very happy with our experience with Japanese components. We’d be open to collaborate with Japanese companies for special development of new products and cooperate with them for the museum,” said Kubosek.

UPJS: At the heart of Kosice's history and progress

Sep 24, 2019
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Slovakia’s second-largest city with over 240,000 inhabitants, Kosice­ has­ been the country’s traditional center of education and innovation. With origins going back to the establishment of the Universitas Cassoviensis more than 350 years ago, the­ Pavol Jozef Safarik University (UPJS) in Kosice exemplifies excellent higher education and pioneering research in the country.

Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice

Composed of five faculties (medicine, science, law, public administration and the arts), UPJS also embodies the multiculturalism that Slovakia values deeply. Of its 7,000 students, around 20 percent are from more than 50 countries across the globe, including Japan.

Among the benefits of studying at UPJS is the possibility of obtaining a double degree with some ­of UPJS’s more than 200 partner universities around the world. This extensive network of partners has helped raise the global profile of the university, which is ranked among the country’s top three.

UPJS also takes pride in the strength of its interdisciplinary research and transfer of technology that results from that research, apart from the intellectual property protection in which its­ Faculty of Law ­excels.

In collaboration with private industries, the university set up science parks for biomedical research (MediPark),­ information technology (Technicom),­ the Research Centre for Advanced Materials and Technologies (Promatech) and­ the Technology and Innovation Park.

It is also one of the founding members of Kosice IT Valley.

The university also has an established support system for startup and spin-off companies, thanks to the rapid growth of those sectors in Kosice and the surrounding region. Among its partners in this endeavor are U.S. Steel, T-Systems, Global Logic, Deloitte, Ness Slovakia, AT&T, ESET and IBM, among many others.

It was also a sought-after partner of international networks and consortiums such as EuroBioImagine (for imaging methods), XFEL (extremely intense X-ray flashes), ECRIN/SLOVACRIN (for research in biomedicine and clinical trials),­ and the European Battery

Because of the various achievements and contributions of UPJS, Kosice has consolidated its status as a one of Europe’s emerging centers of education, science, technology, culture and sport.

Slovakia 2019 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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