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LATVIAN OLAINFARM INCREASES SALES IN UKRAINE IN H1

In January-June 2021, the Latvian pharmaceutical concern Olainfarm increased sales of products in Ukraine by 24% compared to the same period in 2020, to EUR 6.313 million.
According to the company’s materials, the improvement of this indicator has been facilitated by the introduction of a new marketing model in Ukraine since the end of 2020.
In general, over the six months of 2021, the group’s sales reached EUR 66.671 million, which is almost the same as the level of sales for the same period in 2020.
The largest markets for Olainfarm Group were Latvia (30%), Russia (about 27%), Belarus (about 12%), and Ukraine (over 9%).
Olainfarm is the largest pharmaceutical company in Latvia and one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the Baltic States. Its product portfolio includes over 60 finished dosage forms, 25 active pharmaceutical ingredients and over 20 chemical intermediates.
Subsidiaries are located in Ukraine, Lithuania, Turkey and Kyrgyzstan, and representative offices – in the Russian Federation, Belarus, Tajikistan, Albania, Mongolia, and Uzbekistan.

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SALES OF NEW TRUCKS IN UKRAINE IN JAN-JULY INCREASE BY 72.6%

The sales of new trucks weighing over 3.5 tonnes in January-July this year increased by 72.6% compared to the same period in 2020, to 2,746 units, according to AUTO-Consulting.
According to information on its website, 521 trucks were sold in July, which is 30.9% more than in the same month last year.
“Road construction continues to be the market driver. Dump trucks are bought like “hotcakes,” and it was the supply of equipment for road workers in July that changed the balance of power in the market,” analysts say.
Leadership in July 2021, as in the previous year, was retained by Belarusian-based MAZ with a market share of 15% and the sale of 78 vehicles (five more than in July 2020).
German-based MAN, which came in second with a margin of three vehicles, became the leader in the heavy-duty truck segment at the same time.
Scania maintained its third position, adding 30% in sales, to 70 vehicles and taking 13.4% of the market, and in the heavy segment it ranked second.
“In July, these three manufacturers managed to break away from competitors in terms of supplies and each sold more than 70 units of equipment,” the experts state.
The fourth was Ford Trucks with 55 vehicles sold and an increase of 72%, and Volvo ranked fifth in July (compared to the ninth place a year earlier) with the largest growth of 2.7 times, to 38 units.
A year earlier, the third and fourth lines of the July rating were occupied by Renault and Mercedes-Benz (in July this year – the eighth and sixth lines of the rating, respectively).

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KREDMASH FROM POLTAVA INCREASES SALES BY 21%

JSC Kremenchuk Plant of Road Machines (Kredmash, Poltava region) in January-June increased the production and sales of asphalt and soil mixing units by 21.4% compared to the same period in 2020, to 34 units.
According to a report on the company’s website, in June, the plant shipped products to Vinnytsia, Odesa, as well as for export.
As reported, the growth in production and sales of products at the plant is primarily associated with the road construction program in Ukraine. In particular, in January-June last year, due to the intensification of road construction, the plant produced 28 units, while for the whole of 2019 – 26.
In June of this year, Kredmash also produced spare parts, components and assemblies for UAH 22 million, consumer goods – for UAH 10.4 million.
Kredmash specializes in the development and manufacture of asphalt mixing plants, spare parts for construction and road equipment, tank trucks, bitumen trucks, iron and steel castings, consumer goods (seamers).
In 2020, the plant produced and sold 54 units, net income increased by 12%, to UAH 1.088 billion, net profit tripled – to UAH 69.14 million. Some 61.3% of total sales were exported, and the main competitors at the plant are German-based Ammann, Teltomat, Lintec, Italian-based Mavini, Bernandi, Sim, Czech-based Askom, Finnish-based Amomatik.

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7% MORTGAGE DOES NOT AFFECT VOLUME OF HOUSING SALES IN UKRAINE

The mortgage program, which is being implemented by the government at the initiative of the president of Ukraine through the Entrepreneurship Development Fund, did not affect housing sales, Viktoria Volkovska, the director general of the Finance and Investment Management Association (FIMA), has told Interfax-Ukraine.
According to FIMA research, 53.8% of surveyed managers of construction financing funds did not notice the impact of “mortgage at 7%” on sales and do not expect it in the future. At the same time, 38.5% still hope that it will have an impact on the volume of construction and sales. Only 7.7% are optimistic about the program and consider it as the beginning of active growth in the industry.
“Some 38.5% of respondents see the reason for the not very successful start of the “mortgage at 7%” as the conditions of the program do not suit the borrowers,” Volkovska said.
At the same time, 30.8% of respondents indicated that the terms of the program do not suit lenders and developers, and 7.7% simply believe that the program does not work.
“The fact that borrowers cannot pass financial scoring at the bank because of their salaries in envelopes is not considered a problem,” the expert emphasized.
The FIMA study is based on an online survey of construction finance fund managers, conducted following the results of the first half of 2021.
The Finance and Investment Management Association (FIMA) was established in May 2020. It unites 41 financial companies-managers of construction financing funds in Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, Khmelnytsky and Kharkiv.

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STELLANTIS GROUP (PEUGEOT, CITROЁN, OPEL) INCREASES CAR SALES BY 35% IN UKRAINE

The Stellantis group in Ukraine (Peugeot, Citroёn, Opel, DS Automobiles) sold 4,689 cars in January-June of this year, which is 35.17% more than in the same period of 2020, increasing its share in the Ukrainian market of new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles to 8.35% from 8.29% a year earlier, the press service of the group told Interfax-Ukraine.
At the same time, the press service of the company states that in general, sales in the car market during this period also increased by more than a third – by 34.2%, to 53,800 units.
“The automobile market of Ukraine in 2021 shows a constant growth in sales. The deferred demand from 2020, the opening of car dealerships after the lockdowns, the debut of numerous new products, and the development of corporate sales had a positive effect,” the group said in a press release.
At the same time, passenger cars accounted for about 90% of sales on the market (or 48,600 units), commercial – almost 10% (or 5,200 vehicles). Private buyers bought 64% of cars, corporate clients – almost 36% of total sales.
According to Stellantis in Ukraine, while maintaining the current dynamics of market growth, 2021 may end at a milestone: more than 100,000 cars. The company’s success in selling its brands is associated with an active marketing and advertising policy, participation in exhibitions, the constant introduction of new models, the development of corporate sales and related services.

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SALES OF NEW PASSENGER CARS IN UKRAINE UP BY 30%

Initial registrations of new passenger cars in Ukraine in June 2021 increased by 21% compared to the same month in 2020 and by almost 36% compared to the “pre-COVID” June 2019, to 8,800 units,” Ukrautoprom reports.
According to the association’s information on its website, compared to May of this year, the demand for new passenger cars increased by 4%.
The most popular brand in June was Toyota (a year ago – Renault) with 1,296 sold cars and an increase of almost 25%.
Renault ranked second with 986 cars (less by 15% from June 2020).
The third place, as in June last year, was given by Ukrainians to Kia, having purchased 742 new cars – 10% more.
The fourth result is again with Skoda – 609 cars and an increase of 27%, and, like a year ago, Hyundai closes the top five with an increase in registrations by 11%, to 441 units.
In addition, last month, the top ten most popular brands included Nissan, which rose from the 9th in June 2020, with 391 units (more by 68%), and VW, which took the seventh position, managed to move from the 20th position in June last year due to the growth of registrations by 3.7 times, to 384 units.
This is followed by Peugeot – 383 units (more by 17%); Chery – 369 units (129%); Mitsubishi – 367 units (71%).
Ukrautoprom notes that in the first half of this year in Ukraine, the first license plate was received by 48,400 new passenger cars, which is 30% more than in the same period last year.

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