EAST EUROPEAN TRADE LEADS

EAST EUROPEAN TRADE LEADS

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Under the U.S. government's American Business Initiative, the Eastern Europe Business Information Center (EEBIC) has created the "Eastern Europe Looks for Partners" information service, designed to help U.S. businesses locate partnership opportunities in the expanding East European and Baltic markets. These trade leads are listed according to type of product/service sought and are compiled from East European and U.S. public and private sources. As their shelf life is limited, EEBIC recommends prompt follow-up.FOR FURTHER

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AGRICULTURE/

AGRIBUSINESS

Soft drinks/mineral water/bottling line

Produces soft drinks under license; mineral water (exported to Canada for two years); 90-person cooperative. Hourly capacity: 12,000 0.25/0.3- liter and 3,000 1-liter bottles. 1992 sales: $400,000. Production area of 750 sq m available for new bottling lines. Seeks joint venture partner to provide brand-name soft drink, market mineral water, provide technical support for installation of additional bottling lines.

Contact: Dimitar Boshnakov, Managing Director, TPK Strimon 3, 1 Konstantin Nikolov Str., 2500 Kyustendil, Bulgaria. Tel: 359-78 22682.

Source: M. Velichkov/U.S. Embassy Sofia

Date Received: June 1993 Bulgaria

Packing equipment/cap production line

State-owned fruit company. Located in heart of Bulgaria's fruit-growing area. Produces apple and cherry juices, jams, pulp, concentrates. Employs 240. 1992 sales: $500,000. Annual capacity: 8,000 tons. Exports throughout Eastern Europe, Austria, Germany. Seeks joint venture partner to provide packaging equipment, twist-off cap production line, ultrafiltration equipment for apple concentrate.

Contact: Stoian Saev, Production Manager, Kyustendilski Plod, Kyustendil, Bulgaria. Tel: 359-78 24121. Fax: 359-78 22322.

Source: M. Velichkov/U.S. Embassy Sofia

Date Received: June 1993

Bulgaria

Yogurt/cheese/health food production

Seeks joint venture partner for production of yogurt, cheese, mesophilic cultures, health foods (bio-stimulating products). Has patents on these products; R&D staff. Is creating new privately owned facility/developing elite livestock husbandry farm. Seeks U.S. joint venture partner to provide equipment for production of dried milk powder products, with capacity of 250-500 kg/hour.

Contact: Georgy Georgiev, President, LB Elby Engineering, Bl. 44-A Lagera, 1612 Sofia, Bulgaria. Tel: 359-2 548035. Fax: 359-2 548052.

Source: M. Velichkov/U.S. Embassy Sofia

Date Received: May 1993

Bulgaria

Cheese plant equipment

Private dairy farm. Produces 188 tons of milk annually. Has applied for EBRD credit for project to build plant to produce brined/yellow cheese. Plant will process raw milk from farm; additional milk will be purchased in region. Seeks joint venture partners/equipment suppliers.

Contact: Mr. Stoyan Stoyanov, Chairman, Trade Co., Bl. 21 Ent. 4, Floor 3, Svobodo, Pomorie 8200, Bulgaria. Tel: 359-596. 6082 Fax: 359-596 63-33.

Source: B. White/Volunteers in Overseas

Cooperative Assistance

Date Received: May 1993

Bulgaria

Agriculture production/machinery

Established 1992. Private. Located in southern Moravia, near Austrian border. Main activities include producing/drying chicory; drying/distributing fruit, vegetables, other products. Employs 20. Annual turnover: $700,000. Assets: estimated $2.4 million, include private railroad terminal. Seeks U.S. joint venture partner to increase production/import-export activities. Also interested in distributing U.S. products/agricultural machinery in region.

Contact: Ms. Sona Ponizilova, Marketing Manager, Rovys Ltd., 691 25 Vranovice 302, Czech Republic. Tel: 42-626 941105. Fax: 42-626 941100.

Source: V. Lang/U.S. Embassy Prague

Date Received: July 1993

Czech Republic

Beef/pork production

State-owned; expected to be privatized end-1993 via public voucher system. Processes beef/pork. Employs 450. Annual turnover: $21 million. Assets: $7 million. Export partners include United States/Scandinavian countries. Seeks U.S. joint venture partner for updating production facilities.

Contact: Karel Kuzel, Director, Vambersky Prumysl Masny, Radnicni 315, 517 54 Vamberk, Czech Republic. Tel: 42-445 41308.

Source: V. Lang/U.S. Embassy Prague

Date Received: July 1993

Czech Republic

Agricultural machinery

Transportation/manufacturing company. Employs 40. Annual turnover: $500,000. Assets: $1.7 million. Due to location in agricultural region, seeks distribution agreements with U.S. agricultural machinery companies with possibility of establishing joint venture company.

Contact: Libor Krajca, Valdo Ltd., P.O. Box 59-Razov, 763 12 Vizovice, Czech Republic. Tel: 42-67 952836.

Source: V. Lang/U.S. Embassy Prague

Date Received: July 1993

Czech Republic

Foodstuff production

Bakes, produces, wholesales foodstuffs. Produces frozen dough/pastries in Plzen factory. Bakery in facility makes pastry dough into finished products. Historically, distribution difficult due to the lack of freezers in retail stores, but increasing number of stores have purchased freezers, facilitating distribution. Well-situated on outskirts of Plzen, less than 100 km from German border, less than 80 km from Prague. Seeks joint venture partner to participate in one/all aspects of business. Partner could utilize second floor of facility (14,000 sq feet) that formerly housed brewery.

Contact: Roman Fiser, Rina s.r.o., Plzenska 61, 32200 Plzen, Czech Republic. Tel: 42-19 82579. Fax: 42-19 82277.

Source: V. Lang/U.S. Embassy Prague

Date Received: May 1993

Czech Republic

Goods for resale

PRIVATELY owned retail firm. Operates network of several small stores in Tallinn. Employs 10. Recently purchased facilities to establish commercial center in Tallinn. Seeks U.S. wholesalers, supermarkets, department stores to supply goods for resale in center. Also seeks U.S. joint venture partner to participate in renovation/management of center.

Contact: Ms. Marina Chizhova, President, 71 St. Petersburg Road, Suite 225, EE0014 Tallinn, Estonia. Tel: 372-2 210828. Fax: 372-2 447929.

Source: A. Trink/U.S. Embassy Tallinn

Date Received: May 1993

Estonia

Livestock breeding

Located in Viirasti community. Assists newly independent farmers with livestock breeding/herd improvement. Founded November 1992; began operations May 1993. Offers breeding advice/pro- provides artificial insemination services. Seeks U.S. joint venture partner to help the company become fully operational.

Contact: Roger John Pulkrabek, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Vabaduse plats 4, EE2900 Viljandi, Estonia. Tel: 372-4 352393. Fax: 372-4 353039.

Source: R. Pulkrabek/U.S. Peace Corps

Date Received: May 1993

Estonia

Sewage treatment process

Mr. Zubaly has invented/patented environmentally friendly sewage treatment process to be used by communities/agricultural and industrial plants. Process also can be used to transform agricultural chemicals/by-product can be applied to agriculture. One application, already in use for two years, cleanses liquid manure from pig farm. Another application treats communal/slaughterhouse sewage. Seeks U.S. partner to patent/utilize invention. (Joint ventures in Hungarian food-processing industry established before end-1993 calendar year will receive significant corporate tax benefits for 10-year period.)

Contact: Zoltan Zubaly, Szivarvany U. 35/A, H-6500 Baja, Hungary.

Source: A. Romvari/U.S. Embassy Budapest

Date Received: July 1993

Hungary

Cold storage/refrigeration plant

Situated in eastern Hungary. Involved in cultivating plants, breeding animals, processing fruits/vegetables, trading. Share-holding company; 84 percent of shares held privately. Plans to build cold storage/refrigeration plant with annual capacity of 2,500-3,000 tons fruits/vegetables. Operation of plant should start by March 1994 latest. Designs for plant started/all authorizations obtained. Seeks joint venture partner. Estimated cost of project: $1.6 million to $2 million. (Joint ventures in Hungarian food- processing industry established before end-1993 calendar year will receive significant corporate tax benefits for 10-year period.)

Contact: Gyorgy Zuberecz, Managing Director, Turi Refrigeration Co., Vizkozi

Kert 2, H-5400 Mezotur, Hungary. Fax: 36-59 361-255.

Source: A. Romvari/U.S. Embassy Budapest

Date Received: June 1993

Hungary