In Iran, we opened a showroom with a total area of 350 square meters at a prestigious and very busy location in the centre of the country's capital of Teheran. The showroom will present the entire range of upper-mid and premium major domestic appliances.
In the Trusted Brand survey – one of the largest European consumer surveys on brand confidence – Gorenje won for the tenth consecutive time the fl attering title of the most trusted home appliance brand in Slovenia.
Gorenje launched the production of its first dishwashers under the Gorenje brand, thus considerably extending its offer of major domestic appliances. Innovative SmartFlex dishwashers are a result of several years of development and an EUR 8 million investment that includes a new automated assembly line.
European Investment Bank (EIB) supported with a EUR 50 million loan the program of research, development, and innovation of the company Gorenje, the aim of which is to boost innovation capacity by developing new domestic appliances and upgrading the current range of products.
Due to major increase in orders and resulting temporary increase in workload, we hired over 300 additional workers in manufacturing.
At the leading consumer electronics and domestic appliance tradeshow IFA in Berlin, we premiered our Connect Life line of connected appliances under the Asko brand, the new line of innovative Gorenje brand dishwashers, a special line of Gorenje Retro Special Edition refrigerators designed in collaboration with Volkswagen, and announced further cooperation and a refreshed line of appliances by the globally renowned designer Ora-Ito.
Gorenje launched a line of appliances in the visual identity of the football club Spartak, Moscow.
In the best annual report contest held every year by the Finance Business Academy, Gorenje Group won in the category of large enterprises, winning the Best Annual Report Award for 2015 according to the opinion of the expert jury. We were also the best in two subcategories: we had the best annual report in terms of communication, and with regard to risk management and corporate governance.
The company Panasonic Corporation informed us that any further increase of the shareholding in Gorenje was not consistent with their current investment strategy and that they, for the time being, could not further pursue the activities to increase their stake in Gorenje and would not continue the takeover procedure.
We issued 10-month commercial paper with a total face value of EUR 28.9 million. Several financial institutions, enterprises, and individual investors have demonstrated their confidence in Gorenje by subscribing the GRV04 commercial paper.
Gorenje Group presented diplomas to the first generation of graduates of the Gorenje Create Academy – Gorenje's academy for new product development. This is a unique international educational program, a part of the Gorenje Corporate University, designed to encourage innovation at the company and upgrade and extend knowledge and skills for new product development. Within the program, we teamed up with renowned universities from Ljubljana, the Netherlands, and Sweden.
Gorenje Group presented its premium global brand Asko for the first time in Milan at the EuroCucina tradeshow specializing in built-in appliances for top-of-the-line kitchens.
The company Gorenje Surovina took part in the campaign Čisto veselje (Pure Pleasure). By collecting waste raw materials, they financed vacation for children with emotional and behavioural disorders and covered the expenses for extra teachers at the adapted program.
Ekoinvest – a subsidiary of Gorenje – and the company HIS gradbeništvo in inženiring which holds a 35-percent stake in the company Publicus, signed an agreement to divest their majority shareholding in the company Publicus, complete with the subsidiary Ekogor.
The company Tesla Recycling informed us about their intent to terminate the Share Sale and Purchase Agreement for the company Gorenje Surovina d.o.o.
Gorenje d.d. and Panasonic Corporation signed several legal documents that specified a number of terms and conditions under which Panasonic was allowed to conduct due diligence of the Gorenje Group.
We received the coveted Red Dot design award for four Gorenje Group appliances. Gorenje's products have been constantly among the awardwinning design elite for a good decade. In 2005, we were the fi rst Slovenian enterprise to earn the Red Dot award for the design of its products. To date, we have won these awards for a total of 35 of our products.
The Gorenje Tiki water heater factory in Stara Pazova celebrated its 10th anniversary of the launch of production in Serbia.
Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIS) awarded its golden award for best innovation to Panasonic AutoCare washing machine, a result of Gorenje's and Panasonic's joint development.
Industrie Forum Design (iF Design), with a tradition of 50 years, presenting awards for the best achievements in industrial design, presented in the home product category this year the Home Style award to the Asko brand dishwasher and Gorenje brand Retro refrigerator.
Gorenje repaid the 10-month commercial paper GRV04 with the total nominal value of EUR 28.9 million.
The Gorenje Valjevo cooling appliance factory celebrated its 10th anniversary of successful operation in Serbia.
In the tough annual contest of the Serbian Managers' Association (SAM), we received the Best Employer in Serbia award in the large enterprise category.
Start-up company GOR Kolesa ("GOR Bikes"), jointly held by the companies BTC and Gorenje, presented the new generation of Pony bicycles – bicycles of the masses in the past, announcing the revival of the highly recognized and popular Rog brand.