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EPICENTER WANTS TO INVEST EUR 5 MLN IN GRAIN TRUCKS PURCHASING

The Epicenter K Group, developing the agricultural business, plans to invest around EUR 5 million in purchase of 100 grain trucks.
According to the press service of the company, Epicenter will purchase the first 10 grain trucks by the end of February. The approximate cost of one truck is EUR 45,000.
“We are thinking about the alternative to the railway. This season we are exporting grain by grain trucks from the Hnivan and Nemyriv silos (Vinnytsia region). The difference in corn trucking from Nemyriv to the port compared to the railway is $ 2 per tonne, and this is a good bargaining price for corn. In addition, it gives us efficiency in work and ensures the implementation of contracts,” Deputy Head for Agriculture of the Silo Division of the Epicenter K Svitlana Nykytiuk said.
At the same time, according to her, the company plans to complete the construction of railway lines to silos in Vapniarka and Vendychany (Vinnnytsia region).
“At other facilities, there is a railway connection, except for our silo in Kyiv region. The automobile logistics is more interesting there than the railway one,” Nykytiuk said.
The company plans to increase the silo storage capacity to 750,000 or 1 million tonnes. In particular, in 2018, the company began the reconstruction of the Vinnnytsia and Zakupne silos and the construction of two new silo complexes in Vinnnytsia region with a total capacity of 500,000 tonnes. Investments amounted to UAH 800 million, and the launch is scheduled for July 2019.
In addition, Epicenter will increase the capacity of the Hnivan grain collecting station (by 60,000 tonnes), the Nemyriv silo (by 28,000 tonnes) and the Pererobnyk silo in Kyiv region (by 105,000 tonnes). In addition, Epicenter will build a second phase of a silo at Vapniarka.

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ZAMMLER PLANS TO BUY 100 TRUCKS

ZAMMLER POLSKA Sp.z o.o. (Poland), part of Ukraine’s ZAMMLER Group, providing transport and warehouse logistics services, plans to expand its own fleet of trucks by 100 Volvo trucks by the end of 2019, ZAMMLER Group Director Viktor Shevchenko has said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
“We have analyzed the prospects of development on the Polish logistic market and came to the conclusion that we need to focus on transportation by road… Thanks to the fact that we have received access to cheap Polish loans, in summer we will expand our own fleet by 38 Volvo trucks, and by the end of next year we plan to have over 100 new trucks. We buy them in Poland. The cost of one truck is EUR 120,000,” Shevchenko said.
He said that after expanding the fleet the logistic operator would consider a possibility of expanding warehouses in Poland.
“After entering the Polish market we acquired seven trucks and leased 3,000 square meters of warehouse space near Warsaw to service our Ukrainian clients (their share in the warehouse is 90%). This should be a platform for training for us and our clients, who also plan to enter the European market. We offer lower price to these clients if they need it, provide them with consultations of our lawyers. We see prospects in long cooperation and hope to develop together with them on the European market,” Shevchenko said.
The ZAMMLER Group incorporates Zammler Ukraine (Kyiv), Zammler Warehouse LLC (Martusivka, Kyiv region), Zammler Fulfilment LLC (Krasylivka, Kyiv region), MLS LLC (Kharkiv), Ningbo Zammler Trading Co LTD (China) and ZAMMLER POLSKA Sp.z o.o. (Poland).
The group provides services in the sphere of transportation by road, by rail, by sea and by air, customs clearance services and a full range of warehouse services.

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