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AKRAPOVIČ: 30 YEARS OF BUILDING A HERITAGE

Akrapovič is celebrating its 30th #anniversary in 2021. The beginnings of the world-famous manufacturer of high-performance exhaust systems go back to even before its formal incorporation in the spring of 1991, when operations started in a workshop just over a kilometre away from its current headquarters at Ivančna Gorica.

Igor Akrapovič was a motorcycle racer who already tuned motorcycles during his racing career to make them even faster. At first, he worked on his own machines, but later he also started #tuning those of others, even his rivals. It was this passion for technology and constant improvement of motorcycle #components that made him decide to start his own business and dedicate his future to developing high-performance exhaust systems. Exhaust systems were where #igorakrapovic saw his greatest opportunity because at that time there was little competition on the market, but substantial room for improvement. He initially focused on racing motorcycle exhaust systems, building a rich tradition of state-of-the-art products, from which he soon expanded into the mainstream motorcycle market, as well as the car market later on.

Three decades after its inception, the company is operating at two state-of-the-art production sites in Slovenia, with over 1,300 employees. The facilities at the company’s headquarters in Ivančna Gorica comprise an in-house titanium foundry, a durability dyno on which a robot rides the motorcycle, a metallurgical lab, an R&D department, and a racing department. The entire production, from tube making to final assembly, takes places in a large production hall at Črnomelj.

The company continued to develop, and the increasing demand for its products forced it to expand its premises, which it continually furnished with state-of-the-art equipment required to develop and manufacture its products. Throughout, a special culture has been built inside the company rooted in the employees’ desire to offer customers exhaust systems and other products of the highest quality.