Established two decades ago as a family company, the Matić Upholstery today employs 74 workers in Gradiška. Their production is now round-up with two foam cutting machines that improve the company’s competitiveness and allow for less time from order to delivery.
Dušan Matić, an upholsterer and the company director, explains that the new vertical and horizontal air saw cuts the exact amount of material needed for the production and thus helps the environment by not producing unnecessary waste. Matić explains that they were forced to buy large quantities of foam before, since suppliers sell bulks in standard sizes, regardless of customer needs.
“It’s both easier and cheaper,” says Matić, adding that new machines allow for a faster production and reduce waste since large foam blocks are now precisely cut to the desired size. Also, excess material no longer occupies precious space in the production hall.
The Matić Upholstery has co-financed the purchase of machines with 60% of funds, and the remainder was funded by the European Union through Local Integrated Development (LID) project, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Thanks to the LID project, five new workers were hired to work on the machines. Production expansion was also made possible. It is also 20-year-old Drago Milaković’s first job.
“I’m cutting foam, undergoing training and I’m happy with the job,” says Drago. We are told in the Matić Upholstery that the new machines have now made it possible to have even more competitive products.