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.