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Anniversary, 25 years
growth depends on work by dedicated individuals, on determination, innovation and persistence. But I feel that once a company grows well, it also attracts those who are in it only for the money, who might not be as dedicated. How do you achieve perfection in each of your products?
IA: It does pose a problem for us, true. But we try to quickly suss out the personnel; is their personality suitable, especially for specific positions. It sometimes happens that individuals conceal themselves a bit. But we usually take measures quickly enough. At key posts we can only have people who breathe, think and live for the company. This is the way of life. There is no other way.
2013 Hybrid exhaust
simulations, static and dynamic measurements and later on constructs its own thermomechanical fatigue test rig.
Akrapovič unveils its first exhaust system for a car with a V12 engine. The system for the Lamborghini Aventador is a hybrid, manufactured
UR: There are people who don’t care as much, who want to get a job, do their thing, meet their targets and then go to the vineyard in the afternoon. You can’t blame them. But there is also a circle of people who have developed a great sense of belonging to the company, after getting to know it and recognising the benefits it brings. We are a family-friendly company, we organise a summer camp for children, offer additional benefits for employees, discounts for various services and so on. We organise various events for employees and include them in activities, so that they can feel the idea that drives the company forward. If a company has no soul and no idea behind it, then it’s pointless. I’m sure that employees
2014 New shape
from titanium and Inconel.
Igor Akrapovič presents a new muffler concept at the Intermot in Cologne. The version presented is made completely from race-proven carbon-fibre. A full titanium version, based on a completely new production technology, is introduced a year later.
proudly wear Akrapovič-branded clothes even when they aren’t on the job. I see Akrapovič as a classic example of how a company is created from a pleasure, a hobby, a passion. If a company originates from such a source it can survive in the long run. These are the main causes why the company exists in the first place. The point is not only to have it to make a profit. This is only the result of other things, not the reason why something is done. Has your renown reached all the way to the region of Bela Krajina, more specifically Črnomelj?
IA: Yes, I think it has. We were extremely well received there. The local community was also
2014 Red Dot: Best of the Best
The well-respected Red Dot jury awards the Evolution Line (Titanium) exhaust system for Ducati 1199 Panigale with the highest possible acclaim, the Red Dot: Best of the Best award.
The know-how gained over the years in sound