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Projects for construction of factories for production of float glass products worth hundreds of millions of dollars were presented in Ukraine

Projects for the construction of factories for the production of float glass products in the Zakarpattia and Kirovohrad regions for EUR195 million and $250 million, respectively, have been presented in Ukraine.
According to the presentation by Silverland Industrial Park, the project in the village of Klyucharki (Mukachevskiy district, Zakarpattia region) is estimated at EUR195 million, with 10% of the amount coming from the company’s own investments. The area of ​​the land plot for construction is 19 hectares. The capacity of the production line will be 750 tons/day.
“Before the start of a full-scale war, the demand for glass in the Ukrainian market was 28-30 million square meters per year. Our company will be able to cover at least 50% of this demand. Independent production will reduce dependence on external suppliers, contribute to the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine In the future, there is an opportunity to enter the international export market,” Silverland representative Matvey Isichenko said at the International Investment Fair from UkraineInvest on Thursday.
The project implementation period is two years, the expected payback period is 4 years. The internal rate of return is estimated by the company’s analysts at 10%, the EBITDA margin is 31%.
According to Isichenko, there are no competitors in this area on the Ukrainian market, and the proximity of the enterprise to the western border will allow establishing cooperation with the nearest European countries and reducing logistics costs.
The implementation of the Genesis Engineering float glass plant project in the Kirovograd region is estimated at $250 million, while the company’s own investments will amount to $80 million. The area of ​​land for the construction of the plant is 38 hectares.
“We are planning to build a plant in the central part of Ukraine, which gives us a good balance of access to high-quality raw materials and the target market, both domestic and export,” said Georgy Idiatullin, owner of Genesis Engineering.
The plant’s production capacity will be 510 tons/day, or 18 million square meters. m of glass per year. Products include clear glass 2-19 mm thick, with different finishes and shades. The production is planned to use equipment that will reduce emissions into the environment by 70%.
The implementation of the project will create 340 new jobs. The construction period is 3 years, the expected payback period of the project is 10 years. The internal rate of return is estimated by analysts at 11.28%, the EBITDA margin is 28%. According to the project implementation plan, in the first year of operation, the export income will be approximately $40 million.
Products will be certified according to European standards and export-oriented, Idiatullin said.
“There is a fairly large shortage of such products in the world, and the predicted growth of the world market is 8%, the European market is 6.5% annually. The volume of the world market today is $105 billion, the volume of the Ukrainian market for 2020 was $200 million and was completely dependent on imports “, – said the speaker during the presentation.
According to Opendatabot, Silverland IP LLC was established in May 2022. Among the founders are Andrey Isichenko and Alexander Popov (34% each), as well as Mikhail Lashin (32%).
Genesis Engineering LLC was established in 2014. Its owners are Georgy Idiatullin (50%), Konstantin Shcherban (33%) and Vladlena Kisilenko (16%).

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The German truck and bus manufacturer MAN was forced to send about 11,000 employees on unpaid leave due to the Russian military invasion of Ukraine.
The Volkswagen Group-owned company said on Wednesday that its facilities in Munich and Krakow, Poland, have been halted since March 14 due to the cessation of supplies of electrical wires produced at Ukrainian factories. At three other MAN sites, production volumes have been reduced, including at the engine plant in Nuremberg.
“Suppliers of electrical wiring for trucks cannot produce it at Ukrainian enterprises or can produce it in very limited quantities,” MAN said in a statement. “As a result, we could lose production for several weeks, which will sharply reduce output figures in the second quarter.”
The company said it has already started looking for additional sources of truck wiring harnesses in other countries.
“However, this will take several months,” said Alexander Vlaskamp, chief executive officer of MAN.
The company notes that its employees will be transferred to a reduced working hours scheme, in which MAN compensates them for 80% of lost income from both its own and state funds.
The problems of Ukrainian suppliers previously led to disruptions in the work of Volkswagen and BMW enterprises.
Most of the Ukrainian enterprises for the production of electrical wiring, located in the western part of the country, have resumed work, the Financial Times newspaper writes, citing representatives of several enterprises.
Thus, the German Leoni, which owns two factories in the west of Ukraine, has already reported that both of its enterprises have returned to work.
Other companies, including Aptiv and Kromberg & Schubert, have resumed production, FT sources say.

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Philip Morris Ukraine, British American Tobacco, JTI and Imperial Tobacco in Ukraine are mulling the possibility of decreasing production and later closing the tobacco factories on the territory of Ukraine over the adoption of the legislative requirement on the government regulation of markup on their goods by the Verkhovna Rada.
“The fact of adoption of this bill will have serious consequences for the industry. This is the absence of a transition period and implementation mechanisms. In the near future, this will expose our business to risks. We will be forced to consider the issue of producing our goods at other factories, since we do not even fully understand how to execute this bill,” Director of British American Tobacco Ukraine Simon Welford said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine on Wednesday.
He said that bill 1049, passed at second reading, introducing a single account for paying taxes and duties, the single social security contribution, sets a fixed markup for wholesale and retail traders of tobacco products at 7% and 13% of the maximum retail price per package.
General Manager of Imperial Tobacco in Ukraine Rastislav Cernak said that these legislative initiatives could entail an increase in the volume of illegal trade in tobacco products from 8.4% to 20%. At the same time, he said that over the past three years, the volume of the “shadow” tobacco market has grown by about seven times and this annually cost UAH 5 billion the national budget.
At the same time, Cernak predicted a 25% reduction in cigarette production. “Such a 25% drop, according to our estimates, will cost the national budget about UAH 7 billion. Therefore, we urge the Verkhovna Rada to revise bill No. 1049 and remove the amendment that establishes the regulation of the markup. We request that transparent lawmaking in Ukraine along with an open dialogue with major investors start working, as such significant changes in taxation force us to rethink our business in Ukraine,” he said.

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