Modernization of construction equipment

Modernization of construction equipment

Arali is a relatively new company (established in 2020) that lets and sells mobile and stationary equipment to construction companies in Georgia. The company originally provided its services with used equipment. With an investment financed through the EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line, old equipment was replaced and overall service capacity was expanded with the purchase of four TGS units, 4 vibrating screens, a 5.5 Kw sand washing wheel and two rotary crushers.

The new equipment is more efficient in its energy consumption but also easier and safer to operate and the lower noise levels and lower vibration levels protect the health of machine operators. The lower maintenance requirements of the new equipment have a positive impact on operating cost. Last but not least, as a result of the investment, the company created six new jobs.

Loan amount:

€ 536,862

Grant amount:

€ 80,529

Investment:

Mobile and stationary construction equipment

Energy savings

476 MWh/year

GHG emissions avoided

107 t CO2/year

 

Refitting the turbines of a Hydropower station in Georgia

Refitting the turbines of a Hydropower station in Georgia

The hydropower station, owned by the company KCIA-94, was built in 1935 on the river Dashbashi, in the Tsalka district of Georgia. In 2012 the Dashbashi station was connected to the Tsalka substation through a new transmission line. The HPP had an installed capacity of 1.52 MW with power being generated by three hydraulic units (horizontal shaft Francis turbines and generators).

The old turbines did not fully utilize the hydrological resource of the Dashbashi river (3,500 l/sec) and the company started an investment project to replace one of the outdated turbines and generators, while increasing the station capacity to 3MW. One 550 kW hydraulic unit was replaced against a modern 2,125 kW unit.

the increase in the station’s capacity, financed through a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan, increased the green and clean power generation of the old station without the need to change the diverted flow and without any change to the existing building infrastructure. Furthermore, the new turbines generate less noise and vibration levels.

Loan amount:

€ 505,985

Grant amount:

€ 75,898

Investment:

1.125 MW Horizontal shaft Francis Turbine

Additional green energy generation

1.125 MWh/year

 

Georgian construction materials producer launches line of green technology

Georgian construction materials producer launches line of green technology

the GRC LLC is a leading producer and importer of building materials in Georgia and has been one of the biggest suppliers to this sector for the past 15 years. The company is Georgia’s exclusive representative of world leading brands such as BASF Firestone, Technonicol, Arcelor Mittal, VELUX and others.
GRC’s main strategy focuses is on establishing high standards in the market and to encourage fair competition.  This strategy includes the continuous search for diversification opportunities and expansion of its assortment to make modern and efficient technologies available to the Georgian building materials market, thereby promoting responsible market development.
Against this background, the company invested in a new production facility for rainwater system accessories such as gutter joints and hook ends, outlet collars, pipe wall hooks and outlet corners. The investment project, financed through a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan, therefore encompassed an eccentric press line and tools, a hydraulic press line and its tools as well as seaming tools for the hydraulic press.
To house the new production lines, the project also included the refurbishment of an existing production building, including the associated mechanical and electrical installations.

While the company contributed to the development of more local production of green technologies and benefits from the obvious advantages associated with an expansion of its product range, the investment also meets the EU standards for product quality, energy efficiency in buildings. International environmental and social management standards were incorporated in the production facilities and overall management systems of the company, including work process safety, environmental protection, waste minimization and resource utilization standards.

Loan amount:

€ 458,379

Grant amount:

€ 68,757

Investment:

Efficient cooling technologies and warehouse insulation

Energy savings

835.9 MWh/year

GHG emissions avoided

73.7 t CO2/year

New cool warehouse maintains the quality of fruit grown in Georgia

New cool warehouse maintains the quality of fruit grown in Georgia

Tiriphoni Fruits was founded in 2019 to improve and continue operations of one of the old super intensive fruit orchards in the Kvarkhiti village in Georgia’s Gori municipality. The main activity of the company is the cultivation of apples, plums and cornelian cherries. With high quality standards at the heart of its philosophy, Tiriphoni holds a Global Gap certificate and has a quality management system in place that ensures compliance with relevant standards.
The company built a new cold storage facility to safeguard the quality of its fruit until it reaches the tables of consumers in Georgia and abroad. The new cold storage facility, financed through a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan, has a capacity of 1,000 tons and is fully compliant with local and EU standards. The new warehouse is constructed of energy efficient sandwich panels, avoiding loss of cooling, and incorporates modern cooling technologies that minimize the energy consumed by the building.
The company started out with just 3 employees, which increased to 20 after the completion of the warehouse.
According to the initial investment plan, Tiriphoni Fruit was supposed to start operating its newly built cold storage facility in July 2020. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, which caused delays in transportation and delivery of equipment for the warehouse, the operation of the facility only commenced with a three-months delay. The cash-back grant, financed by the EU4Business Initiative, helped the company overcome the financial shortages caused by the delay and as a result, the company was able to meet all its obligations.
Today the warehouse is fully operational and represents a corner stone in the region’s supply chain of high-quality fruit to Georgian and European customers.

Loan amount:

€ 458,379

Grant amount:

€ 68,757

Investment:

Efficient cooling technologies and warehouse insulation

Energy savings

835.9 MWh/year

GHG emissions avoided

73.7 t CO2/year

LTD Innovative Dentistry Rogo adapts to COVID-19 Restrictions

LTD Innovative Dentistry Rogo adapts to COVID-19 Restrictions

With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the biggest burden of battling against the virus was placed on healthcare professionals and doctors. While many other sectors were able to switch to remote working conditions, healthcare professionals had no such luxuries. Instead, the medical sector responded by introducing much stricter hygienic requirements and elevated levels of personal production through equipment, materials and behaviour.  One such example of dedication to the provision of uninterrupted healthcare is the company Innovative Dentistry Rogo – a dental clinic located in Batumi, Georgia.

Dentistry is the most exposed profession when it comes to viruses and diseases that are transmitted via aerosols. While other doctors and nurses are already at risk, they can achieve a higher level of protection if masks and face-shields are worn by both, the patient and the doctors. However, a dentist has to work at the very point where the virus is most prevalent. The use of instruments such as high-speed drills, ultrasonic scalers and air polishers, all of which produce suspended droplets or aerosol spray, increase the exposure of doctors, staff and even other patients. Due to the nature of the work, dental offices operate in a markedly different way than they did prior to the pandemic.

Innovative Dentistry Rogo, a beneficiary of a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan and grant, implement very strict hygiene regulations affecting personal protection as well as rules on the movement of staff and patients.  The dentists and hygienists now only work with face masks and face-shields, gowns, gloves and hair-covers, all of which are disinfected and/or replaced several times during the day. The entrance of the clinic has been fitted with thermal screening equipment and the hallways have been redesigned in a manner that allows maintenance of the required distance between visitors.

A distinct advantage of the Innovative Dentistry Rogo  vis-à-vis other dental clinic is rooted in a decision to invest in a substantial refurbishment project, which was financed with the support of a EU4Business-EBRD Credit line loan. The project started almost two years ago and was verified in early 2021. Part of the investment project was the installation of a modern ventilation system. Good ventilation is part of a good COVID-19 mitigation strategy for buildings. Apart from  the ability to offer its patients an environment that is as safe as possible under the circumstances, the company also invested in ultra-modern dental equipment, enabling the company to offer the highest standards in dental treatment services to its patients. The project was verified right in the midst of the pandemic. The cash-back grant, funded by the EU4Business initiative, certainly helped the company to cover the costs of the additional hygiene measures.

Loan Amount

€ 900,443

Grant Amount

€ 135,066

Invested in:

CE certified dental equipment. HVAC system, diesel generators

Primary Energy Savings

85.84 MWh/year

GHG Savings

8.96 tCO2/year

Energy Savings Ratio

22%

 

Food Alliance – Georgia

Food Alliance – Georgia

Loan Amount

€ 306,429

Grant Amount

€ 45,964

Invested in:

Production building and processing machinery

Primary Energy Savings

330 MWh/year

 

the company Food Alliance established a brand-new factory for the production of frozen pastries and bakery products, partly financed with the help of a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan. The initial plan was to launch the production line in March 2020, however due the COVID-19 restrictions, the launch was delayed, and the factory started its production in July 2020. However, since then, the factory doors have remained open, and they supply their products to all major supermarket chains throughout Georgia. In addition, the company supplies various restaurants and cafes as well as the Gulf Petrol stations in Georgia. What seemed like a rocky start at first – i.e. opening a new production line in the midst of a pandemic, where the commissioning of new processes had to go hand in hand with the introduction of new stringent protection measures for employees throughout the company – turned out well for this company. As consumers were unable to dine out, the demand on frozen food products increased drastically in Georgia. This effect was amplified during periods, when the government restricted the movement of the population and instructed people to go out for shopping as rarely as possible. Thus, purchasing frozen food with its longer shelf-life, was a good way to extend the periods between shopping trips. Just after starting the new production, Food Alliance hit a niche that opened up as a result of this newly emerged consumer need.

Sales development has been very satisfactory throughout the pandemic period, so much so that the company is already eying further expansion to tackle export markets. 

Kvareli’s Lake Resort – Georgia

Kvareli’s Lake Resort – Georgia

Loan Amount

€ 1,670,712

Grant Amount

€ 250,607

Invested in:

Building refurbishment and technical installations, furniture and kitchen equipment

Primary Energy Savings

1,178 MWh/year

GHG Savings

182 tCO2/year

Energy Saving Ratio

38 %

 

Kvareli’ Lake Resort is a hotel and restaurant facility spread over 300 hectares of beautiful natural landscape in the heart of Kakheti, one of the most beautiful regions of Georgia, east of the small city of Kvareli, beneath the southern slope of Great Caucasus mountains. The m-Group was established in 2005 and currently manages 6 hotel and restaurant objects in Tbilisi and Kvareli, each with a unique concept, targeting various price segments. The m-Group is a leading brand in the Georgian hospitality sector and was the first in former CIS countries to obtain ISO9001:2000 and HACCP certification, with the clear mission of introducing Western standards: state-of-the-art facilities, innovative designs and hospitality concepts that enhance the customers’ recreational experiences, embracing social and environmental responsibility .

The investment in comprehensive building refurbishment was designed to bring Kvareli Lake Resort into full compliance with Georgian regulation and with applicable EU Directives. The project included the refurbishment of the buildings and interior to a high standard, whilst minimizing energy consumption, optimizing fire safety and health and safety. Financed through a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan, the project was verified during the COVID spring of 2020 – at the worst time possible as one should think.  However, due to its unique location and due to the comprehensive improvement measures implemented as part of the investment project, the company successfully applied and won a government contract for quarantine accommodation. 

Throughout most of 2020, Georgia had imposed strict quarantine conditions on incoming travellers, requiring them to self-isolate for a 14-day period upon entering Georgia. Whereas any quarantine period is stressful, passing this time in the beautiful location, with medical monitoring provided on site, made travellers feel both relaxed and safe.

Putting Georgia on the Coffee Map

Putting Georgia on the Coffee Map

MEAMA, the first ever Georgian coffee brand was established in 2016 with the goal of offering high quality locally roasted coffee, packed in capsules or as coffee beans in tins. In addition, the company offers a range of attractive accessories such as coffee makers, cups, etc. Apart from supplying the Georgian market, the company exports its products to Azerbaijan, Armenia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

In order to achieve the aspiration of becoming the best-in-class coffee producer, the company invested in a state-of-the art production building, in high-tech production machinery for coffee and capsule processing, in water and waste management systems as well as in Health and Safety. The new production plant covers the entire process from green coffee beans to the capsule. The enterprise possesses ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 certificates.

Environmental aspects played a leading role in the design of the building that is housing manufacturing facilities, offices and a large coffee tasting showroom. The interior of the building is flooded with natural light, created by several planted lightwells and numerous skylights located in the building. The most defining feature of the Meama Coffee Factory is its 3,680 m2 green roof. Fully covered by wild grasses and accessible to the factory staff, the green roof blends well into the surrounding landscape, acting as an additional thermal barrier to the roof insulation. The striking production and office building was selected as the best office in the world by the ‘Architizer Awards 2020’. Also, in 2019 Meama was revealed as a grand prize winner of the ‘Archdaily & Strelka Awards’ in the Best Industrial Building category.

Part of the investment was financed through a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan and a 15% grant, funded under the EU4Business initiative of the European Union. With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of European standards, including:

    • Commission Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006 of 22 December 2006 on good manufacturing practice for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food
    • Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 October 2004 on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food and repealing Directives 80/590/EEC and 89/109/EEC and further
      modifications
    • Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs

Loan Amount

€ 2,991,341

Grant amount

€ 448,701

Invested in

State-of-the-art production building, coffee processing and packaging machinery, water and waste management systems

EU Directives met

Regulation on food safety and environmental sustainability

Primary Energy Savings

34 MWh/year

GHG Savings

3t CO2/year

LTD Caucas Metal

LTD Caucas Metal

LTD Caucas Metal was founded in 2009 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The company covers a wide range of activities in the metal sector, including metal import for sale and distribution to Georgian construction companies. The product range includes sheet metals, fencing, metal beams, pipes and wires but also metal made auxiliary equipment used by construction companies.

In order to expand its capacity and meet the growing demand for construction materials in Georgia, the company decided to invest in the construction of a new processing building as well as in the purchase and installation of innovative and more environmentally friendly metal processing equipment.

The modernized production facilities have improved the working conditions and safety of employees and also made the production processes more energy efficient. In addition, the new facility is less energy intensive and has reduced the carbon footprint of the company by more than 80tCO2 per year.

The investment was financed with a EU4Business-EBRD Credit line loan and the company received free-of-charge technical support from the team of international experts or the optimization of the investment. After the successful project verification LTD Caucas Metal received 15% of the loan amount as a grant cashback, funded under the EU4Business initiative of the European Union.

With the investment, the company now meets wide variety of European standards, including:

    • Directive 2014/35/ relating to the making available on the market of electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits
    • Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery, and amending Directive 95/16/EC (recast)
    • Directive 2014/30/EU relating to electromagnetic compatibility (recast).
    • Directive 2012/27/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on energy efficiency

Loan Amount

€ 494,902

Grant amount

€ 74,235

Invested in

Construction of the new production building and purchase and installation of modern equipment

EU Directives met

Regulation related to Health and Safety of the workers and environmental protection

Primary Energy Savings

918.93 MWh/year

GHG Savings

81.07t CO2/year

High Quality Roads

High Quality Roads

LTD Autogzatechnika was established in September 2017 as a provider of road construction and road rehabilitation services. Improving the quality of roads in Georgia is an important element supporting the expansion of trade between Georgia and European countries. As more Georgian producers of a wide variety of goods are investing in the alignment with EU Directives and expanding their deliveries to European markets, they increasingly depend on smooth transportation routes. Road transport is a frequent choice. Autogaztechnika supports the Georgian producers and transport companies by constructing and rehabilitating roads.

The company invested in a range of road building equipment, with the help of a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan. The investment included a track loader, a self-leveling planer, an articulate tandem roller as well as transportation vehicles.

The new equipment is faster and ensures a higher quality road finish, while consuming less fuel than the old equipment previously used in the road building processes. The new vehicles offer comfortable and safe working conditions for the operators.

After successfully completing the  project verification process the company received 15% of the loan amount as a cash-back grant, funded under the EU4Business initiative of the European Union.

With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of European standards, including:

    • Regulation (EC) N. 661/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning type- approval requirements for the general safety of motor vehicles, their trailers and systems, components and separate technical units intended therefore
    • Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery, and amending Directive 95/16/EC

Loan Amount

€ 1,011,753

Grant amount

€ 151,763

Invested in

Road building equipment

EU Directives met

EU standards for general safety of motor vehicles and machinery

Primary Energy Savings

564 MWh/year

GHG Savings

151t CO2/year