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OZAP furnishes Slovak interiors

THE AJ OZAP company, which offers equipment for business clients, has operated on the Slovak market for more than eight years.
AJ Ozap belongs to a group of AJ companies with locations in 14 countries across Europe. The name of the Swedish partner is AJ Produkter AB.
Swedish capital represents a 30 percent share in the AJ OZAP shareholders' structure.

THE AJ OZAP company, which offers equipment for business clients, has operated on the Slovak market for more than eight years.

AJ Ozap belongs to a group of AJ companies with locations in 14 countries across Europe. The name of the Swedish partner is AJ Produkter AB.

Swedish capital represents a 30 percent share in the AJ OZAP shareholders' structure.

OZAP is known for its catalogue sales of equipment for offices, dining rooms, stores, workshops, commercial kitchens, shops, warehouses, stocks, sport places, etc. The headquarters of OZAP is situated in Bratislava, though sales offices with sample goods have also opened in Žilina, Banská Bystrica, and Košice.

Apart from offering products, OZAP has built a network for relevant services, e.g. installation, sale and after-sale guarantee, transportation, and graphical interior layouts.

Executive director of OZAP Zuzana Kormanová sees economic recession in Slovakia and the trend of rationalisation as the main barriers to OZAP's product expansion on the Slovak market.

"Goods that we sell in the AJ OZAP catalogue are obviously not indispensable for the firms' existence. If they are forced to cut their costs, they will first touch those goods that are not necessary for them. They try to totally cut out investment in these goods, or, at least, to minimize the costs as much as possible," she said.

"As for legislation, the biggest barrier is the constant change of laws and the lack of transparency in law amendments. Sometimes it is difficult and complicated to even notice the amendments and changes in laws approved in Slovakia".

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