The prices of raw materials in the metal sector have increased by twenty euros per ton in recent days, and this increase is accompanied by an increase in orders, so domestic companies have their hands full.
“Glas Srpska” interlocutors point out that there is no shortage of work for now, but that no one knows for sure what will happen next.
While some claim that the prices of raw materials will continue to rise, others believe that a decline will follow.
The director and owner of the company “Metalac MBM” from Derventa, which exports 97 percent of its products abroad, Slobodan Golub told “Glas Srpske” that the rise in raw material prices is not a concern for now, unless it continues at lightning speed.
– The average price of a ton of sheets and pipes is around 950 euros. There is a noticeable increase of around 20 euros and it will not significantly affect production unless the jump is much bigger, and what will happen next no one can specify – said Golub.
He adds that after the stagnation, especially in August, there was a slight increase in orders, which, says Golub, is encouraging.
For a while, especially in the eighth and ninth months, they failed, and now everything has started again.
Our biggest competition in some products was the Poles, but something is happening on the market, so where they were competing with us, our products are in great demand, and there we manage to achieve some better prices – said Golub.
They also have jobs in the steel company “Winex” from Celina, although, as the director of that company Dalibor Džombić says, the prices of raw materials have skyrocketed.
– We manage as we know how, mostly there is work. We manage to raise the price of our products to some extent, although not to the extent that raw materials have risen in price – said Džombić, adding that the domestic economy manages and somehow swims even in the crisis.
He pointed out that despite all the turbulence on the market, they manage to reach customers, apart from having their own products, they also deal with service activities in the metal sector.
– There is work, but there are also problems with the provision of raw materials and product placement – said Džombić.
Although Europe is also announcing new waves of crisis, Dzombić believes that it will not spill over to us to a large extent.
– Labor force is cheaper here, and to some extent we are constantly in a quandary about what will happen, this is how we live and do business – concluded Dzombić.