Sector of metal processing industry

Metal processing sector along with the mines and mineral sector has been the most developed sector and has the largest share in GDP.

Now this sector despite many investments such as investments in manufacturing technology and manufacturing facilities is still considered as a sector under consolidation and sector which must meet criteria that will raise the level to become competitive to export to regional markets as well as in EU market.

Table 1, illustrates the structure by size (81.9%) of sector companies are micro companies (177 total companies) with less than 9 employees. Then there are small-sized companies that have between 9 and 50 employees. On the other hand, there are five medium and large - sized companies which dominate this sector in terms of total number of employees and with some significant exceptions, in terms of production and turnover.

Table 1: The estimated number of active metal processing companies in 2013, by the size of Companies

Companies of this sector can be grouped into several major categories of processing, based on the categorization of NACE Rev. 1 activities. As illustrated in Figure 1, the majority of companies (33) are listed in undefined category, i.e. production of "other metal products" as the main line of their activity. These companies are likely to be involved in the production of metal constructions that are used by the construction industry. The second largest group of the companies (32) are mainly involved in powder metallurgy respectively in forging, pressing, breaking and shaping of metal (i.e. heating the powder metal near their melting point) to produce various metallic parts and components that are then used by other industries, such as the automobile industry, or in the manufacturing of equipment, devices and household appliances etc.

Figure 1: Most common activities of companies in sector (NACE Rev.1 codes)