Rimac and 8 more companies ranked 50 Fastest-Growing Tech Companies in Central Europe
Eight companies from Croatia have been ranked in the 2017 Deloitte CE Technology Fast 50, including one in the TOP 10. Rimac Automobili, which develops and produces high-performance electric vehicles, including the Concept One, the world’s first electric supercar, drivetrains and battery systems, were ranked in No.10 spot on the list. According to the report, Rimac grew 1,059% and jumped from 20th to 10th spot this year. Last month Asia’s largest battery manufacturer, China-based Camel Group Ltd, entered into a Subscription Agreement with Rimac Automobili worth 30 million euros which was the single largest foreign direct investment in a Croatian technology company. The company has just opened up over 100 new jobs.
Other Croatian companies to make the Fast 50 were:
- Code Consulting Code Consulting Ltd was established in 2013, since when it has been providing services including software test automation and development, mobile applications development, support, and business process implementation and optimisation.
- Telum Telum is a data-driven performance agency specialising in web analytics and pay-per-click (PPC) platforms. It is a Google Premier Partner.
Other Croatian companies to make the Fast 50 were:
- Profico Profico is a fast-growing, full-service digital agency and technology solution provider that has helped many enterprise and SME-level clients worldwide to grow their business. With more than 30 employees, the company is focused on software design and development in the areas of mobile, web and IoT-based technologies.
- Undabot As makers of mobile moments, Undabot helps clients to scale their business on mobile platforms and enables users to enjoy seamless user experiences.
- Hangar18 Hangar18 does business on several fronts and has developed several successful brands. The most popular of these is the NOA smartphone line-up, which includes a wide variety of devices from entry-level smartphones to flagship devices that seek to satisfy even the most demanding users.
- Gauss Gauss Development is a software innovation hotspot. The starting point of many software careers, Gauss launched in 2012 in a small and crowded apartment to handle local business. Now it is a full-service software development agency operating on a global scale.
- Infinum This independent design and development agency was founded in 2005. With a team of over 100 specialists, it delivers high-end software solutions to global clients ranging from exciting start-ups to established enterprises across different industry verticals.
The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 in Central Europe is a programme that recognises and profiles fast-growing technology companies in the region. The programme, which is now in its 18th year, ranks the 50 fastest growing public or private technology companies.
Czech company Kiwi.com, which provides users with the cheapest flight itineraries and combinations and sees more than 50 million flight searches every day and employs over 1,400 people, was ranked No.1.
Airport Passengers numbers in Croatia grow by almost 18 percent
According to the latest data from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics (DZS), in the first eight months of 2017, nine Croatian airports recorded 6.8 million passengers or 17.9 percent more over the same period last year. The data also show that only this year’s August recorded more than 1.68 million passengers or 18.5 percent more than in the same month last year. The increase in the number of passengers in all airports is also associated with an increase in the number of aircraft operations that totalled 83,200 or 8.3 percent more than in the first eight months last year. Only in this August, there were 18,300 operations or 8.6 percent more than the same month last year. As far as freight transport in Croatian airports is concerned, in the first eight months of this year it increased by 4.9 percent to around 5,600 tonnes, with an increase reaching 63.4 percent or 1,028 tonnes in August. Out of the total 1.68 million passengers in all nine Croatian airports in August this year, Split Airport was the busiest airport with 590,800 passengers with an increase of 22.3 percent in comparison to August 2016. Dubrovnik Airport tailed Split with 438,200 passengers in August or 16.8 percent more over the same month last year. Split and Dubrovnik airports were followed by Zagreb Airport Franjo Tudjman with 346,800 passengers and 13.4 percent growth, and Pula Airport which recorded 137,700 passengers in August or 23.1 percent more than the same month last year.
IMF predicts solid growth of Croatian economy
According to the IMF Croatia’s economy should grow by 2.9 percent this year which is better than originally forecast by this international association. They also predict that 2018 will also see a growth, although slower than this year, with 2.7 percent expected. This forecast could be connected to the fact that the IMF sees a drop in the rate of unemployment in Croatia, which this year is predicted to finish at 13.9 percent and in 2018 drop slightly to 13.5 percent. Although this rise in economic growth in Croatia is positive news it is also some way behind the rest of the world. Global economic growth is predicted to be around 3.6 percent this year and rising to 3.7 percent next year.