State seeks strategic partner for Aircraft Repair Company Trenčín

A STRATEGIC partner should team with Aircraft Repair Company Trenčín JSC (LOT), the government said as they issued an international tender May 6.

Prime Minister Robert Fico (l) and Defence Minister Martin Glváč (r) during the visit at VOP Trenčín.Prime Minister Robert Fico (l) and Defence Minister Martin Glváč (r) during the visit at VOP Trenčín. (Source: TASR)

The Defence Ministry led by Martin Glváč filed a document stating that if a strategic partner is not found in a short time, a total of 329 jobs provided by the company will be in jeopardy in 2016.

Glváč claimed that the tender will follow the rental of two military repair (VOP) companies, in Nováky (2012) and Trenčín (2013), the projects he perceives as successful. The international tender for LOT will be launched as early as this month.

“According to my information, the interest will be significantly higher than with the military repair companies and I’m convinced that the process will be even more successful and generate larger income for public budget,” said Glváč.

The selection criteria in the tender will be the offered rental price (weight of 50 percent in evaluations), the maintaining of employment (40 percent) and willingness to purchase company machines and equipment (10 percent).

LOT currently carries out maintenance, repairs and modernisations of aircraft L-410, L-39, helicopters Mi-8, Mi-17, ground security equipment and other machines.

Former economy minister Ľudovít Černák confirmed for the Sme daily his interest in the tender. The  winner will get to rent the now loss-bringing company for 20 years. 

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