Company history

The company Kovintrade d.d Celje was founded in 1990. Within this period, we have developed into a recognisable, specialised and commercially successful international trading company under Slovenian ownership. We have thus been present in the market for already 30 years, nevertheless, we are still young, ambitious, successful and have great aspirations for the future. Our business operations are broadly internationalised, with the most important strategic areas being those of ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy, metallurgical products, heating, air conditioning and thermal process control.

The company Kovintrade d.d. Celje is part of the Kovintrade Group which consists of a network of subsidiaries and representations in 10 different countries, while we have 6,200 buyers and 1,200 suppliers in 50 countries of the world.

Slovenia’s membership in the European Union offers a wealth of opportunities, of which we are making full use. We are stepping on the common European path with optimism and are not turning a blind eye to our competition. This is why we are planning to further strengthen and expand our widespread trade network abroad, and use investments to develop quality storage functions and logistics services, especially in the field of ferrous metallurgy.

Our largest investment so far has been the modern storage centre for ferrous metallurgy in Štore near Celje, which was at the end of 2019 extended by additional 7,000 m 2 to the total of 17,000 m 2  to enable physical sales growth, more time-efficient and undisturbed operations for increased satisfaction of our buyers. In Jesenice, our centre for sheet metal tailoring is located. There are steel centres being developed abroad as well. The largest of them is located in the Czech Republic in Frydlant, measuring 7,500 m 2 , for the purposes of the Czech, Polish and Slovak markets. In Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary, steel centres and cutting capacities are intended for the sale of special tool steel. In the future, we would like to expand our offer by including structural materials.

We would like to emphasise that all these years Kovintrade d.d Celje has been closely linked to Celje and Slovenia as a whole in the areas of economy, culture and sports.

We are well aware that linking, networking, establishing of international partnerships as well as developing of market knowledge are such activities that the competitiveness in the 21st century simply cannot do without. This is why we are proud to say that we have, despite stiff competition, managed to develop into a recognised, reliable and commercially successful international trading company. With our expert knowledge of the markets and by developing quality business relations, we give our business partners high added value.

We are certain that we have the motivation, knowledge and energy to achieve our goals. We harvest our experiences from the rich tradition of our environment , we are motivated by current successes and inspired by our ambitious vision of the future. Our plans are based on professional, capable, honest and conscientious staff home and abroad, on teamwork and quality attitude towards all business partners. At the company Kovintrade d.d. Celje, we will continue to perform and improve the performance under our slogan »Partner of Knowledge and Confidence«.

Jože Kastelic, Management Board Chairman