Woodworking industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina has a long tradition. Small and medium-sized enterprises from this sector are mostly export-oriented, which is also confirmed by the 2015 data when its export reached 1 billion BAM, making 11% of the total export. Woodworking sector contributes 3.08% to the country’s gross domestic product.
Although the companies in this sector have knowledge and experience in production, they would benefit from assistance in the area of products finalization, especially, in the solid wood and panel furniture manufacturing. Additionally, development of marketing skills and international market entry would further enhance their growth.
Competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises in the woodworking sector has improved.
EU ProLocal Programme helps companies from the selected Programme localities, and value chains of woodworking industry to successfully address impediments to their competitiveness.
The survey of these value chains revealed that the main constraints to the companies’ further growth, are in the categories of market access, optimization of business operations, quality improvements as well as networking and promotion of innovative activities.
EU ProLocal tailored its assistance to the identified constraints. Specifically, the Programme implements the following:
- Supports companies to establish new contacts with potential customers, through for example; organisation of B2B meetings, buyers’ missions, or support to attend exhibitions and trade fairs;
- Supports development of workforce capacities in marketing and sales;
- Raises design awareness and helps companies accommodate furniture design to demand;
- Supports identification of the joint procurement criteria;
- Helps companies pinpoint the possibilities for improvement of their business processes as well as to optimize them;
- Helps companies upgrade the existing knowledge, skills and practices in the areas such as construction, CNC and 3D modelling, product design or other aspects based on the identified needs;
- Provides support to enterprises in achieving quality standards and requirements for obtaining certifications required for business in international markets;
- Supports exchange of information and intensification of cooperation among companies;
- Assists networking of companies in the implementation of joint projects;
- Helps companies to learn about good innovation practices from German companies, institutes or universities;
- Raises awareness of innovation and promotes boost of innovation within companies;
- Supports improvement of product design practice through, for example, cooperation with product design faculties / universities for.