The Slovakian president looks at Danish roof windows

During the first Slovakian state visit to Denmark, the Presidential couple visited the VELUX Group, the only company visit made in their two-day stay. Central to the visit was the question of the sustainable society of the future, an increasingly important issue in both Slovakia and the other EU States.

The CEO of the VELUX Group, Jørgen Tang-Jensen, welcomed the distinguished guests, President Ivan Gašparovi? and his wife Silvia Beníková, to the Group's head office in Hørsholm. Accompanying them was a large entourage. All were invited inside an energy-efficient, carbon-neutral home with a good indoor climate.

"Climate change is no respecter of national borders, and the efforts to combat it are the responsibility of every nation. So it was gratifying and inspiring to see the President show so much interest in our thoughts and solutions," says Jørgen Tang-Jensen.

For many years, the VELUX Group has worked intensively to promote sustainability and en-ergy-efficiency in European building – out of respect for the climate of the planet and to improve the indoor climate of buildings. These issues are assuming growing importance, also in Slovakia – not only in terms of the climate challenges of the future but also because of the current real challenge of the financial crisis in the EU, which has so far been lenient to Slovakia.

Ultra-modern factory in Slovakia
Behind the President's decision to visit the VELUX Group is the fact that the Danish roof window manufacturer has had its own sales company in Slovakia since 1990. This involve-ment was expanded with a factory in 2009, with the result that the Group now employs some 300 people in the country.

"When we established our sales company in Slovakia 22 years ago, very few would have imagined that, today, it would be home to our most modern and sustainable factory. Yet it is – and one of the most important reasons is the great local interest in learning new things and promoting trade and commerce in Slovakia. And that interest was clearly shown by the President and his wife during their visit," comments Jørgen Tang-Jensen.

The VELUX Group has invested Euro 40 millions in the factory in Slovakia, which was built in less than a year. It now supplies the VELUX Group's other markets with the most sophisticated and modern products.