If you need an example of how fast the only EU-funded project is pushing a company up, it is worth mentioning the company UAB Langemė operating in Panevėžys. The company manufactures armoured and metal doors for residential premises, special-purpose doors for ships and oil platforms, and carries out metalworking operations.
After admitting Norwegians as co-owners and receiving funding of almost EUR 0.45 million under a contract with the Lithuanian Business Support Agency (LBSA), Langemė built premises five times larger than the previous ones, bought the most modern Japanese equipment and is now barely able to fulfil orders.

Along with growth, there has been a shortage of skilled workers. Over 60 people from Panevėžys and the surrounding Anykščiai, Radviliškis and Kupiškis districts are no longer enough for the production process. It takes time to train new employees, and the needs of the customers do not diminish.

Business born out of excitement

The co-owners and managers of Langemė, Gitana Bužinskienė and Gintaras Bužinskas, say that they are not owners or directors to the company’s employees but rather co-workers who have been working with most of them since the beginning of the company’s activities. Though the two of them made the first doors themselves a little over 20 years ago, now they still call themselves manufacturers and process organisers.

‘Our goal has never been to make as much money as possible. In the beginning it was a thrill, it was exciting, and when we started to succeed it only grew, and this is still happening today,’ says Bužinskienė.

When the production of Langemė doors, due to the market demand for them, started to reach 1,000 units per month from 6, the company was awarded the ‘Gazelle 2016’ title of Verslo žinios, and they started to expand operations. The 700 square metre premises they owned became too small, so they bought a nearby plot of land.

‘After selling a quarter of the shares to the Norwegians, we have built new premises of 3,500 square metres, and with EU funds we purchased Japanese equipment – a modern laser metal cutting machine, metal folding machine and automatic powder coating line, which is almost the largest in Lithuania,’ says Bužinskienė. According to her, the company now produces more than 1,000 doors a month and will produce even more after hiring new employees as demand grows.

The project ‘Implementation of Modern Technologies in UAB Langemė’ worth almost EUR 1 million was funded under the measure ‘Regio Potential LT’ (Regio potencialas LT).

Reached Australia

According to Aurimas Želvys, Director of the LBSA, the digitisation of industrial processes and innovative production tools always have a positive effect. ‘We are always happy with the success stories of our partners and project promoters because this is the goal of EU investment: efficient use of funds and sustainable results,’ says Želvys.

In the past, about 80% of Langemė’s products were sold in Lithuania. Now, according to Bužinskienė, the company’s products are not only available in the USA, Singapore, Australia and Norway, but also all over the world, where half of all production goes.

The largest partners in Lithuania are in Vilnius. Hanner, the property developer, is a big customer; Langemė’s doors will also be installed in the newly constructed Santariškės Hospital.

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