SIMEST, a company that together with SACE forms the CDP Group’s export and internationalisation hub, is participating in the capital increase of Arkos Llc, the Kosovar subsidiary of R.I. Spa of Lecce, which produces modular and prefabricated structures for emergencies.
The objective of the injection of new resources is the creation of an additional structure at the Industrial Park of Drenas (city of Pristina, where the Arkos headquarters are located) that can serve as a storage area for structures and an exhibition showroom of products, as well as the construction of commercial offices for the reception of customers, represented by local companies.
SIMEST – which provided financial support for the establishment of Arkos in 2015 – thereby renews its support for the Italian group, maintaining its interest at around 22%. Support is also being provided to the Kosovar population, which has suffered the impact of war in the recent past and which – thanks to the creation and growth of companies such as Arkos in Drenas – can now count on jobs for local workers and the growth of industrial subcontracting work.
R.I. Spa, based in Trepuzzi (province of Lecce), has been operating for over 30 years in the design and construction of modular construction systems, technological shelters, industrialised buildings for tourism and residential use and logistics equipment. The company's core business is the production of entire compounds for civilian, industrial and military use, providing all subsequent global maintenance services.
R.I. is the industry leader in the Mediterranean with Italian headquarters and secondary offices in Kosovo, Lebanon, Djibouti, Haiti, Morocco and Australia.
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SIMEST is part of the CDP Group, 76% owned by SACE, with leading Italian banks and trade associations among its other investors. SIMEST and SACE form the export and internationalisation hub of the CDP Group, which offers the entire range of financial instruments to support Italian companies interested in competing and expanding internationally. In particular, SIMEST supports companies throughout their entire international development process, providing soft loans for internationalisation, export credit support and equity investments