Memoirs of a Gasman: Business in the Ukraine, Part 1


With its 48 million inhabitants, the Ukraine is the second largest of the former Soviet republics, boasting a thriving metallurgy industry which is of great importance to the country’s economy.

In 2004 the export of steel products represented 37% of the total export from Ukraine, while there are 10 major metallurgical centres in the country and a total production capacity of about 20 million tonnes per year (tpy).

First contact
Contact with the industrial gas market in the Ukraine started in something of an unusual way.

In 1992 the managing director of Dnepropertovsk Oxygen Plant (DOP), Vitaly Kabak, participated in a management course in Vienna. Working with industrial gases, he took the chance to visit a corresponding company in Austria, which just happened to be AGA.

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