Slovenia’s main airport is less than 10 kilometres away. It is well connected with the capital city Ljubljana, which is only 25 kilometres away – yet real estate prices in Kranj tend to be some 25 percent lower. It has an excellent location near the X Pan-European corridor: nearby Šenčur and Brnik are among the key Slovenian logistic hubs boasting modern infrastructure. Kranj is one of the nation’s tech centres and has a long industrial tradition especially in rubber and electronics.
Rubber manufacturing in Kranj began in 1920: now Kranj hosts plants owned by three large international groups. Kranj’s largest company is the Slovenian branch of Goodyear, producing car tires with some 280 million euros of annual sales. Contitech is a part of the German Continental group focusing on industrial rubber products. Trelleborg’s plant in Kranj makes rubber conveyor belts, seals, profiles, and environmental protection products.
Kranj headquartered Iskra, the largest electronic company in former Yugoslavia. One of the Kranj based successors of Iskra are Iskraemeco, a global leader in electric power measurement devices and developer of smart energy management solutions. IskraTel offers complex ICT solutions for digitalization of industries: the company with around 115 million euros of turnover merged with the Slovenian branch of Austrian S&T group. Iskra ISD is a multimaterial component supplier for various industries offering top tech solutions and strong R&D.
The strong industrial tradition also seems to inspire young entrepreneurs and Kranj is one of the nation’s hot spots for start-up companies. It is no coincidence that Kranj’s start-up incubator Kovačnica (Forge) is in a prime location right in the centre of town. Despite the thriving industry, Kranj remains picturesque with historic old town, rich cultural life, and offers a very high standard of living. It truly seems that Kranj has it all.