Business news from Ukraine


Kyivsky cardboard paper mill (Obukhiv, Kyiv region), a leader in Ukraine’s pulp and paper industry in terms of production and sales, produced goods worth UAH 1.323 billion in the first quarter of 2018, which was 30.2% up year-over-year (y-o-y).
Thus, production in the first three months of 2018 somewhat slowed compared to the same period last year (production growth in January was 36% and that in January-February was 34.3%), the UkrPapir association said.
Corrugated packaging output grew by 18%, to 55.8 million square meters, which was the second highest result among producers of corrugated packaging in Ukraine after Rubizhne cardboard packaging mill in Luhansk region (with Trypilsky packaging plant).
Production of cardboard increased by 35%, to 55,800 tonnes. Production of package cardboard alone grew by 45.7%, to 35,840 tonnes, while box cardboard output rose by 18.7%, to almost 19,000 tonnes.
However, production of base paper (for sanitary products) stood at 18,380 tonnes, which was 1.7% down y-o-y. Toilet paper output grew by 8%, to 103.9 million rolls.
Corrugated packaging output in total in Ukraine (including other producers) grew by 12% January through March 2018, to 246.56 million square meters, that of paper and cardboard increased by 16.4%, to 234,230 tonnes.
Kyivsky cardboard paper mill is one of the largest cardboard and paper producers in Europe. It employs almost 2,200 people. It sells produce to almost 700 companies in Ukraine, some CIS member states and the rest of the world.
In 2017, the mill saw a 14.8% rise in production from 2016, to UAH 4.850 billion.



Production of milk in Ukraine in January-March 2018 (excluding the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea and Sevastopol, part of the ATO zone) decreased by 1% compared to the same period in 2017, to 1.946 million tonnes. The State Statistics Service said egg production in the first quarter of 2018 grew by 2.3%, year-over-year, to 5.511 billion units.
Production of meat (live weight) in the first three months of 2018 fell by 0.3%, to 790,000 tonnes.
As reported, with reference to statistics, milk production in Ukraine in 2017 decreased by 0.5% compared to 2016, to 10.329 million tonnes, meat (in live weight) by 0.4%, to 3.259 million tonnes. Production of eggs in 2017 rose by 3.2%, to 15.578 billion units.

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Production of natural gas in Ukraine in January-March 2018, according to live data, decreased by 0.7% (by 36.9 million cubic meters) compared to the same period in 2017, to 5.101 billion cubic meters, according to data from PJSC Ukrtransgaz. According to calculations by Interfax-Ukraine, in particular gas production by PJSC Ukrgazvydobuvannia amounted to 3.763 billion cubic meters (1.8% up from January-March 2017), PJSC Ukrnafta to 261.2 million cubic meters (16% down), by other companies to 1.076 billion cubic meters (4.8% down).
In March 2018, gas production amounted to 1.735 billion cubic meters (2.5% down compared to March 2017), in particular extraction by Ukrgazvydobuvannia was 1.289 billion cubic meters (0.1% up), Ukrnafta some 88.6 million cubic meters (16.2% down), other companies some 357.7 million cubic meters (7.3% down).
Ukrtransgaz, 100% owned by Naftogaz Ukrainy, operates a system of trunk gas pipelines and 12 underground gas storage facilities of the country with a total capacity of 31 billion cubic meters.

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Fuhrlander Windtechnology LLC (Kramatorsk, Donetsk region) is studying the organization of production of blades for wind turbines in Kramatorsk, Deputy Director for Commercial Issues of Fuhrlander Windtechnology Yuriy Shevchenko told reporters during his visit to Kramatorsk organized by Ecoaction and Germanwatch on March 22. “Yesterday, with investors and engineers from Germany we discussed the issue of production of blade. They looked where and how it can be done. The blades are that expensive components of wind turbines, which are not produced in Ukraine,” he said.
Shevchenko said that the cost of organizing this production is from EUR 6 million to EUR 50 million, depending on the output volume and other factors.
Today towers, nacelles and hubs made in Ukraine are used in Fuhrlander Windtechnology’s wind turbines. The largest components that are imported are blades, bearings, generators and gear boxes.
Fuhrlander Windtechnology is the only manufacturer of modern wind power plants in Ukraine. It is engaged in construction of wind farms. The company produces goods on the site in Kramatorsk.
Since 2010 to the present, Furlender Windtechnology has built (equipped with its turbines) Novoazovsky, Ochakivsky, Kerch, Krasnodonsky and Lutuhynsky wind farms. The company also built a wind farm Ereymentau (Kazakhstan). The beneficiaries of Fuhrlander Windtechnology LLC are the co-owner of the ISD corporation Oleh Mkrtchan and the Verkhovna Rada deputy Maksym Yefymov (the Petro Poroshenko Bloc parliamentary faction).

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