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Building Products December 2017

CYPRUS | SUPPLIER FOCUS DECEMBER 2017 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 27 bare the Muskita mark include the Four Seasons Hotel, both in Limassol,the Jean Nouvele Tower in Nicosia, and closer to home, the UCC Nurse Training Centre in Cork in Ireland. With aluminium products enjoying a strong boost in sales in the UK over the last few years, Kyriacos Xenophontos, general manager for Muskita isn’t surprised it has taken off so much, having enjoyed relationships with UK customers for some time. Structurally strong Pavlos Zenonos and Sons (www.pzgroup.com.cy), founded in 1974, is a high-tech machinery and production company, designing amongst others, scaffolding products and parallel steel bars. In its infancy, the manufacturing division of Zenonos and Sons depended solely on the Cyprus market, before in 2001, moved to a modern factory to cover exports across the world. Aluminium framework, columns and lifts are already in the UK market, and despite having the same quality, due to working to European/British standards, these products can be provided as a cheaper option than a UK alternative. With the Cypriot economy being in a strong position, the current projects that Zenonos and Sons products can be found in vary from small to large such as highway bridges in Qatar. Cementing their future Vassiliko Cement Works (www.vassiliko.com) was established in 1963 as a Public Company following an initiative by the Hellenic Mining Company. The facilities were set in operation in 1967 with annual production of 150.000 tons. Acknowledging the big potential of the international market, the company built its own port next to the plant in 1983. An establishment of a new state-of-the-art cement production plant in Vassiliko was completed in 2011, with a total investment of €200 m. The new production line (production capacity 2,4 Mt) offers multiple economic, environmental and qualitative benefits by applying the most cutting edge technology. Vassiliko Cement has adopted as its fundamental principles the ongoing quality improvement of its products aiming to lead with the best customer service. These principles are inextricably linked to the achievement of its strategic goals. Its vision is to excel as a successful company, based on principles which at their core encompass respect and contribution. Quality lies at the heart of the company’s activity, and thereby addressing the challenge of continuous and innovative development is part of its business-as-usual. The company’s commitment to the environment as well as respecting and supporting its people and the local communities is recognized through transparent and clearly demonstrated practices. The Oval, Limassol Exciting times With Cyprus now out of the recession that hampered everything in the construction industry, building products and projects both nationally and internationally seem to have a bright future, something that could not have been said just a few years ago. It seems as if the only thing that can stop this relationship the two countries have is Britain completing its exit from the European Union. But Cyprus has more of a chance than others to become a good trade partner with the UK after Brexit due to the historical as well as the economical ties between the two countries. There is much to excite even in these challenging times and whether you have ever considered Cyprus or not, this is the time to keep in contact with developments and opportunities. An excellent way to do just that is through the website of the Trade Service which operates under the Cyprus Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry & Tourism www.mcit.gov.cy/ts or the website of the Cyprus High Commission Trade Centre in London www.cyprustrade.com which provides an easily accessible portal to search for exporters of manufacturing products through a full and comprehensive directory of companies with direct links to their websites. In addition, the Cyprus High Commission Trade Centre in London is able to fully support enquiries, establish appropriate contacts, arrange visits to the island, provide valuable and practical information and, in essence, make business happen. Further information is available at www.cyprustrade.com. There is no job we won’t give the same attention to


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