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BANJA LUKA (Bosnia and Herzegovina), September 26 (SeeNews) - Italian apparel company Calzedonia said it plans to launch a new production line in its existing facility in Bosnia's Prijedor, some 60 km west of Banja Luka, scrapping its initial plans to build a new factory at a separate location in the city, the Prijedor city government said.
The new production line will manufacture pajamas and T-shirts for Italian underwear and apparel brands Tezenis and Intimissimi, which are part of the Calzedonia group, the city government said in a press release on Wednesday.
Calzedonia's initial plan was to find a location in Prijedor to build a plant for socks sewing and dyeing, but in the meantime it transferred this activity to another country where the infrastructure and the logistics for it have already been in place, Calzedonia's investment director, Francesco Ruffoli, was quoted as saying in the statement.
Under the new plan, Calzedonia will continue the investment in the existing facility in Prijedor, which has served as a training centre, which it will rearrange to accommodate the enlarged production. The investor will keep the current 55 workers, and employ some 600 new ones by the end of the year and in 2020.
The new machines for the planned production of pajamas and T-shirtswill will arrive in the following twenty days, Ruffoli added.
Currently, the facility in Prijedor produces women's socks only.