SIJ - Slovenian Steel Group, d. d.

The SIJ Group is the largest Slovenian vertically integrated metallurgical group and one of the largest producers of stainless and special steels in Europe. With more than 3,400 employees, we are one of the largest employers in Slovenia and a key member of the country’s steelworks sector. SIJ – Slovenian Steel Group consists of five divisions: the Steel Division, (two of the largest Slovenian steelwork companies, SIJ Acroni and SIJ Metal Ravne), the Manufacturing Division, (SIJ Ravne Systems, SIJ Elektrode Jesenice, SIJ SUZ companies), the Distribution and Processing Division (Slovenian, EU and USA markets), the Scrap Division, (Slovenia and the former Yugoslav republics) and and Headquarter and Other Services.

Company details

Gerbičeva 98 , Ljubljana , 1000 Slovenia

Locations Served

Business Type:
Industry Type:
Manufacturing, Other
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Over 1000

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The key production programs include steel products with a high added value, such as stainless sheet steels, tool steels in the form of rolled and forged products, special quarto steels and alloyed tool steels, making the SIJ Group a market leader in European and global niche markets. The SIJ Group upgrades steel semi-products, improving them to manufacture final products with high added value, such as machine building, cylinders, welding materials and industrial knives – the Group is one of the 10 largest producers of industrial knives in the world. The SIJ Group ranks highly among the leading Slovenian exporters, selling products valued at more than €570 million on foreign markets, which accounts for more than 85% of the Group´s total revenues.

SIJ – Slovenian Steel Group - will continue to nurture the values of business excellence such as:

  • ethical ventures,
  • professional competence,
  • integrity and
  • credibility.

We encourage and require everyone involved in our business to act economically and in line with the principles of sustainable development.

Sustainable development is the key motto of the vision of long term development nurtured by SIJ – Slovenian Steel Group, whereby that vision goes far beyond social responsibility for the environment and local communities, also highlighting employees, the development of their competences, and concerns relating to safety at work.

As one of the leading European producers of high quality steel products, SIJ – Slovenian Steel Group - will continue to promote vertical integration and to enhance its ability to be recognized as a reliable supplier, aiming at constant development.

  • The long term strategy behind the sustainable development of SIJ – Slovenian Steel Group by 2025 assumes somewhat more considerable changes in the production mix and consolidation of the Group, as well as centralization of key support business processes. The latter would allow the implementation of numerous business synergies within the Group, as well as the optimization of production and other functions, which should have a positive effect on business profitability. Accordingly, the existing vertical integration of the Group will be promoted, mainly through the development and widening of the Group´s own service and sales network in key markets, such as the EU and USA. Together with the production of progressively more demanding kinds of steel, that strategy should open the door to new market segments with a higher added value.

The strategy includes the following SIJ – Slovenian Steel Group development guidelines:

  • Vertical integration of the Group: institution of the Group´s own division for waste collection, widening of the Group´s own service and sales network, also in rapidly-growing markets.
  • Production of highly technological tailor-made steel products: investment in new equipment to expand the range of strategic products. SIJ – Slovenian Steel Group intends to become the most successful specialized producer of steel products within the European area.
  • We will come closer to end users through our own sales network, comprising sales and processing centers, which will serve to provide direct feedback about market conditions and clients´ needs.
  • Highly qualified and motivated employees.

Key strategic goals for the period 2014 – 2025:

  • Optimization of the production mix and expansion of production capacities for the production of products with a high added value (key investments in 2015 and 2016, which have been realized from 2014 onwards), which should ensure the long term growth of EBITDA.
  • A long term reduction in net financial debt and optimization of an NFD/EBITDA ratio (lower than 3.0).
  • Consolidation of the Group and centralization of central support business processes.
  • Major development of competences at all levels.
  • Advances in research and development in new types of steel as well as setting market trends in niche segments (development of our own steel trade marks).
  • Cost and production-related optimization, moving to lean production.
  • Entering new markets (rapidly-developing markets), preservation of European market share (stainless thick sheets, tool steel) as well as the expansion of market share in new specialized segments (special thick sheets, steel with specific performance).