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Never give up.
Matej Ribič, Sales Director
Testimonial - Matej Ribič, Sales Director

Never give up.

What do you love most about what you do?
What I love most about what I do is the dynamic interplay between conversations/negotiations with customers and the exhilarating process of launching new, visually appealing products onto the market. Engaging with customers allows me to understand their needs, desires, and pain points, which in turn fuels the innovation behind our product development.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
The best advice I've ever received is simple yet profound: "Never give up."
What is the most exciting project, memorable moment, or achievement you've worked on recently and why?
The most exciting project I've worked on recently was conducting market research to align with current market conditions and preparing a pricing strategy to maximize production capacity. This project stands out for several reasons. Firstly, it allowed me to delve deep into the ever-evolving landscape of our industry, gaining valuable insights into emerging trends, shifting consumer preferences, and competitive dynamics. Secondly, developing the pricing strategy was a thrilling challenge that required a blend of analytical rigor, strategic foresight, and creative thinking.
What skills or qualities do you believe are essential for success in our industry?
1.Confidence is crucial for navigating the dynamic and often challenging landscape of the industry. It allows individuals to assert themselves, make decisions, and take calculated risks with conviction 2.Collaboration is key in glass industry where teamwork and interdisciplinary cooperation are paramount. 3.Time management is indispensable in an industry characterized by tight deadlines, fast-paced environments, and multiple concurrent projects. 4.The ability to quickly respond to changes is critical in an industry where market trends, consumer preferences evolve rapidly.
What do you think sets our team/company apart from others in the industry?
Flexibility, listening to and fulfilling customer needs.
Tell us a surprising or fun fact about you.
When the wind is strong and everyone is hiding inside, I go out and windsurf.
Begin each task with the end in mind.
Gorazd Krese, Senior Researcher
Testimonial - Gorazd Krese, Senior Researcher

Begin each task with the end in mind.

What do you love most about what you do?
The fast-paced and ever-changing nature of R&I work, finding novel solutions to complex challenges, transdisciplinary and international collaboration.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
Begin each task with the end in mind.
What is the most exciting project, memorable moment, or achievement you've worked on recently and why?
The coordination of project BEAR, within which a first-of-a-kind hybrid end-fired regenerative furnace is going to be demonstrated. It is also the first project funded by the EU’s #InnovationFund in Slovenia.
What skills or qualities do you believe are essential for success in our industry?
The courage to go beyond the state of the art and challenge the status quo.
Tell us a surprising or fun fact about you.
Each day before work, I wake up at 5am to go trail running.
Each bottle is a new child that we bring to life together with the entire team.
Tanja Mudrinič, Head of HRASTNIK1860 Design Studio
Testimonial - Tanja Mudrinič, Head of HRASTNIK1860 Design Studio

Each bottle is a new child that we bring to life together with the entire team.

What do you love most about what you do?
I love every part of the design process and the result. Creativity and innovation are necessities that I have to fulfil. The search for inspiration and research is fun and curiosity needs to be satisfied. Finally, the tangible result of the aforementioned – is a product that comes to life through customers and users.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
Dream big. If the dream doesn't scare you, it's not big enough. If desires and goals are easily achievable, they do not push far enough outside the comfort zone, and the results are not excessive.
What is the most exciting project, memorable moment, or achievement you've worked on recently and why?
Many projects excite me because each one has its own story, and each bottle is a new child that we bring to life together with the entire team of the HRASTNIK1860.
What skills or qualities do you believe are essential for success in our industry?
Above all, a strong emotional attachment to glass comes from a combination of design possibilities, versatility, symbolism, historical significance, craftsmanship, technological innovation, and the functional beauty of glass products. People often find inspiration and fulfilment in working with or appreciating this unique material.
Tell us a surprising or fun fact about you.
My friend says that I can design bottles very well, but I really don't know how to make bread and pizza. :)
Persistence and adaptability are key.
Andraž Bola, Head of Product and Mould Development
Testimonial - Andraž Bola, Head of Product and Mould Development

Persistence and adaptability are key.

What do you love most about what you do?
I love that we can create something new every day and satisfy our loyal customers.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
It can be, no matter how demanding, a challenge can always be solved with the right team.
What is the most exciting project, memorable moment, or achievement you've worked on recently and why?
I was most impressed by the visit to one of our largest customers in Italy, where during the visit, we gained insight into what can be achieved in the glass industry and what innovations await us all in the near future. The company, same as HRASTNIK1860, invests significant resources in the development of glass packaging by acquiring advanced devices for automatic inspection of glass packaging.
What skills or qualities do you believe are essential for success in your industry?
Persistence and adaptability are key because production in the glass industry operates 24 hours a day.
What do you think sets our team/company apart from others in the industry?
Our employees, with their dedication and passion, can handle even the most demanding tasks. Exceptional adaptability in every situation enables us to respond quickly and satisfy even the most demanding customers.
Tell us a surprising or fun fact about you.
I always strive to transfer my positive energy to my colleagues, creating a pleasant working environment that makes it easier to overcome work challenges.
Sometimes, it feels like we can work miracles.
Leana Sivac, Head of People Development & Employer Branding
Testimonial - Leana Sivac, Head of People Development & Employer Branding

Sometimes, it feels like we can work miracles.

What do you love most about what you do?
I love the variety in my work. I'm never bored, and I feel that the activities I engage in contribute to creating a more pleasant working environment. Above all, with approximately 600 people at the glass factory, I have 600 opportunities every day to brighten someone's day and do something good.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
Never give up. You must never give up because anything can be achieved with willpower and determination. When faced with challenges, shift into a higher gear and surround yourself with the right people.
What is the most exciting project, memorable moment, or achievement you've worked on recently and why?
I was most impressed by receiving the GZS and AMCham award for the "Together into New Stories" project, which focused on building our employer brand. It was proof that we are on the right track. I believe that through this project and our activities, we convinced many great people to join our team.
What skills or qualities do you believe are essential for success in your industry?
Knowing the company's processes and culture is key. Additionally, being able to multitask, improvise, display persistence, and have a knack for working with people are all important qualities.
What do you think sets our team/company apart from others in the industry?
Our team is exceptionally hardworking and passionate. Each of us puts our whole heart into achieving the best possible results. Sometimes, it feels like we can work miracles.
Tell us a surprising or fun fact about you.
I am a positive person who enjoys putting others in a good mood. I prefer to avoid negative individuals who always see the downside of things. Those who know me well say that I approach work and play with the same level of enthusiasm. I have a passion for traveling, dancing, laughing, socializing, and spending time with my family. I always make time to chat with my colleagues. I believe that's what brings us together. With me, there's no such thing as "it's not possible." I strive to make everything I want to succeed.
There are no soloists in this area.
Sašo, maintenance specialist
Testimonial - Sašo, maintenance specialist

There are no soloists in this area.

The biggest challenge at our job comes with the sudden stalling of larger proportions. When the extent and the cause of elimination is known, action can be quick and routine. Otherwise, the situation is usually very complex and can also be stressful. However, it is in such cases that the unity, knowledge, experience and motivation of the team, which is indispensable in the work, are shown. There are no soloists in this area.

Sašo, maintenance specialist

Machinists are an important part of our production.
Domen, machinist
Testimonial - Domen, machinist

Machinists are an important part of our production.

Machinists represent are an important part of our production. Without them, production processes would not run smoothly and as well as they do. The biggest challenge comes when there is some new error that I have not yet encountered and I am trying to fix it. Of course, this is most pronounced on an afternoon or night shift when no technologists are present. But with our combined efforts we always eliminate the issue. Some take a little longer than others, but we are always happy to fix them and learn a lot from them.

Domen, machinist

We really work with each other as a team
Metka, Sales manager
Testimonial - Metka, Sales manager

We really work with each other as a team

I am employed in the glass packaging sales department. My work broadly covers sales activities, communication with clients and administrative tasks. Our departments are extremely interconnected and we work with each other as a team - when we need to "squeeze in" a few extra hours, we do our best. Employees can only do good work if they have such a team and I am extremely grateful for all the work they have done and the effort they put in daily. And last but not least - we are constantly surrounded by exceptional glass items that we produce. These, give us the extra motivation to present them to customers the way they are meant to be - the best.

Metka, Sales manager

My colleagues are very helpful to me
Branko, Tool Maintenance Manager
Testimonial - Branko, Tool Maintenance Manager

My colleagues are very helpful to me

I take care of the proper use of protective equipment, the proper functioning of the machines and devices in the workshop, the provision of sufficient resources for work and the order and cleanliness of the workshop. I must organize a smooth flow of repair, correction, tool control and preparation of tool changes and delivery to the machine. Let me mention that my colleagues are very helpful to me, without which these duties would be impossible to perform.

Branko, Tool Maintenance Manager

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