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The Barkan Industrial Park (Hebrew: איזור התעשיה ברקן, lit. Barkan Industrial Area) is located about 25 kilometres east of Tel Aviv within the jurisdiction of the Shomron Regional Council whose offices are located at the northern entrance. The industrial park is located adjacent to the village Barkan and near the city of Ariel.
Founded in 1982, the industrial park currently includes about 120 businesses and factories manufacturing plastics, metal-work, food, textile, and more. About 6,000 workers are employed.
The international community’s definition of Barkan as an illegal Israeli settlement has created problems for some companies with industries with foreign owners.
In October 2008 the Swedish company Assa Abloy announced that it would move its production plant belonging to their Israeli subsidiary Mul-T-Lock from Barkan due to political pressure. Also in 2008 the partly Dutch owned Barkan Wine Cellars took similar measures.
- Portal on Shomron R.C. website (Hebrew)
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