Raising Standards in the Car Repair Industry in Serbia

A partnership between Ferdinand Bilstein GmbH & Co. KG and the Serbian auto mechanics association JUMV to establish a training centre to bring quality and professionalism to the auto-repair industry in Serbia.

Serbia Training Extension

The project aims to support the Serbian economy's transition from post-conflict stage to European Union accession country. As a manufacturer and supplier of vehicle parts, Ferdinand Bilstein GmbH & Co. KG has had sales branches and a central storage depot in South East Europe since 1995. In the medium term, the company is planning to expand its market position and strengthen its customers' competitive capacity. As part of a development partnership, the vehicle parts company is therefore working with sequa to set up a training centre in Belgrade to cater for employees at independent auto repair shops, as well as for students and teachers of vocational schools. The centre is being established and managed jointly with the Serbian auto mechanics association JUMV. Here mechanics learn how to use diagnostic apparatus and to comply with technical standards. They also learn how to fit spare parts into used vehicles. The training gives them an overview of state-of-the-art standards, technologies and organisational solutions. In addition to the training courses, the centre will also offer services (e.g. mobile support service, hotline) to help the garages in their everyday business operations. Overall, the project will enable Serbia's independent auto repair shops to become more professional.


  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

    Funding Agencies
    Germany | Staff size: Unknown
  • Ferdinand Bilstein GmbH & Co. KG

    Goods Supplier
    Germany | Staff size: 1001-5000

    febi bilstein is one of the world’s leading global manufacturers and suppliers of passenger car and commercial vehicle spare parts in the independent aftermarket. Our brand has stood for...

  • JUMV

    United States | Staff size: 26-50

    JUMV (Jugoslovensko Drustvo za Motore i Vozila) is a non-profit and professional organisation constituted by engineers and other experts dealing with automotive...

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Key Information

LocationEastern Europe, Serbia
  • Start Date 2005
  • End Date 2011
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