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Machine Building

Advantages of the sector


Products, manufactured in Bulgaria



Engine heads


  • Montupet is a main supplier of the engine heads for the Audi brand. In 2010 Montupet created 157 200 engine heads for Audi V6


Seat systems for transport vehicles

  • Grammer produces seats for tractors, construction equipment, buses, engine and electric driven forklift trucks, as well as parts and systems for the automobile interior


Hydraulic and orbital motors

  • M + S Hydraulic is sixth in the world in production of hydraulic and orbital motors, which are used in agricultural industry and transport


Wire rope hoists

  • Podemcrane – legal successor of Podem AD is the biggest producer of wire rope hoists in Central and Eastern Europe. Historically, the company has sold more than 1 900 000 units of lifting equipment in 40 countries all over the world


Hydraulic and vacuum pumps

  • One of the biggest producers of hydraulic pumps in the world, whose second largest office is located in Bulgaria
  • Produces hydraulic pumps for Mercedes and BMW



  • SKF produces bearings for Europe, America and Asia, with main clients: Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagen, Ford, Renault, Peugeot, etc.



Production of automobiles

  • The first and only factory in Europe, producing Chinese automobiles


Aircraft repair

  • The only repair facility of Lufthansa Technik in Eastern Europe
  • Lufthansa Technik Sofia manages to conduct the quickest D1 checks of AirbusA320 among the whole group of 31 companies and joint enterprises within only 16 days


Bulgaria offers unique opportunities for Machine building

  • Established traditions and experience in the sector
  • Continuous growth between 2000 and the years of crisis
  • Qualified work force at affordable price
  • Availability of experienced engineers
  • More than 50 000 people, working in the sector
  • Export oriented sector
  • Appropriate infrastructure for the needs of the manufacturing industry
  • Easy access to the markets of EU, Russia/CIS and the Middle East
  • Proximity to the automobile clusters of Central and Eastern Europe
  • Networks of technical universities and colleges
  • Big diversity of international and local companies in the machine building sector, which are successfully operating in Bulgaria
  • The producers of components are active in producing high precision and endurance components for various European customers


The sector has developed on the basis of an ecosystem of multinational and local firms

  • A number of large international companies from the machine building sector have discovered Bulgaria as the best destination for their business in Eastern Europe - SKF, Montupet, IXETIC, Palfinger, Festo, Se Bordnetze, Yazaki, Lufthansa, Grammer, Witte and many others
  • Many successful Bulgarian owned companies operate in the sector, offering competitive products worldwide - ZMM Sliven, Arsenal, M+S Hydraulic, Hydraulic Elements and Systems, Podemcrane, Sparky, Litex Motors, Bulyard, Shipyard Rousse, Madara and many others
  • The combination of local and multinational companies is creating an unique environment where productivity, ingenuity and  innovation in manufacturing are thriving


The sector is supported by quality and affordable HR resources

  • Bulgaria offers qualified and experienced workforce for the needs of the machine building sector – from assembly workers to highly qualified engineers
  • More than 50 000 enrolled university students are potentially suitable for the industry
  • Workforce in the industry is available all over the country at the most competitive cost in Europe
  • Bulgarian technical high schools and universities are working together with the companies in the sector to create qualified workforce
  • Many Bulgarian students attend prestigious technical universities in Western Europe, USA and all over the world


Available physical infrastructure

  • Bulgaria is crossed by five major Trans European corridors, providing easy access to regional and European markets
  • Two of the largest ports at the Black Sea, Varna and Burgas are located in Bulgaria, both connected to the trans-European corridor VIII, which links the Adriatic and the Black Sea
  • There are 14 functioning industrial zones and 13 more under development, all of them suitable for manufacturing companies
  • Infrastructure development is a priority for the Bulgarian government

Specialized government incentives and EU funding

  • Manufacturing sectors, including Machine Building sector, are supported by the Investment Promotion Act (IPA)
  • Lowest possible costs for the acquisition of government and municipal land plus waived taxes for land status changes
  • Financial grant scheme for up to 10% of the investment project cost (50% for R&D)
  • More than €8 bn EU funds are set aside for Bulgaria up until 2020