I'm about six miles from downtown Ljubljana (population 300,000)
and in front of me stands a good-size factory with the three-story
head office of Belinka Holding next to it. The building looks
to have been built in the 1960's and the surrounding area is
Founded in 1948, Belinka is a chemical company with about 750
employees in several factories located in several countries.
Though a joint-stock company with shares listed and traded on
the Ljubljana stock exchange, the company's website give zilch
financial data in English on its website. So I haven't a clue
as to how much revenue the company generates. Posted on Belinka's
website is a notice dated December 5, 2005 saying the site is
in the process of being modified and updated. Well, here it is
July, 2006 and information is still not available.
A security guard mans the entrance to the building and doesn't
speak English. I don't speak Slovenian. An English-speaking employee
walking out the building is corralled by the guard to find out
what I want. The employee says to follow him and we head upstairs
where I'm taken to meet a woman. I explain to the woman my mailing
a letter of introduction along with several news clippings a
month ago to CEO Silvo Svete. I ask if she could check with CEO
Svete's secretary to find out who ended up with the letter. This
woman, who wouldn't give her name, says Svete "doesn't answer
questions" and my letter was probably tossed. I ask if the
letter could have ended up in corporate communications or public
relations and this woman answers "no", saying she takes
care of those areas. I'm then led out the door.
Jeez, I had added Belinka on to my list of companies to visit
because I thought it would give this small unknown chemical concern
some positive international exposure.