Putting the potential challenges aside, Vanja Stojanovski, who runs Lear’s seat cover plant in Tetovo, said that having an automaker open a plant in Macedonia would provide something that is priceless. “Seeing your product on the street takes things to a whole different level,” he said.
A quality manager at a German-owned Tier II supplier provided the most unique solution to the potential pitfalls foreseen by his counterparts. “[The former Yugoslavia] has a tradition of automaking and now we have a lot of producers of high-quality parts active here,” said the manager, who was not allowed to be identified by name. “If one or two of those experienced managers were brought in by the automaker, then anything could be possible. We have the experts in Macedonia to help us get to the next level.”