In early May the construction of the new Väderstad office with a spare parts depot and repair shop was officially launched in Saviečių village, Kėdainiai district near ViaBaltika highway. Väderstad Lithuania kicked-off in year 2002 celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. However the first Rapid drills manufactured by Väderstad were sold in 1997 in Lithuania. The first customers, who bought them, were farmers well-known in Lithuania - Leonas Rudinskas, Andriejus Daugirdas, Arūnas Vaicekavičius, Jonas Žotkevičius and Antanas Pacaitis.
Generally speaking when construction works starts in Lithuania, a capsule containing information about the building and wishes for the future generation is concreted into the substructure. This was done at the Väderstad construction site as well. The ceremony was attended by Swedish Ambassador to Lithuania Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin, Minister of Agriculture Kazys Starkevičius, Mayor of Kėdainiai district Rimantas Diliūnas. Christina Stark, Managing Director of Väderstad-Verken AB arrived from Sweden together with the Construction manager Bo Engholm and Bengt Gustavsson, responsible for the construction in Lithuania.
Cecillia Ruthström-Ruin, Christina Stark, Romas Naudziunas, Kazys Starkevicius, Valdas Babaliauskas & Paulius Ptasinskas
“Lithuania is one of the most important markets for our company, though we are working in many countries around the World – in some countries we also have subsidiaries and work with importers in other countries. We selected this construction site few years ago. And the choice is not accidental – it is not only the geographical centre of Lithuania, but it is close to the ViaBaltika highway as well. Very strong farmers farm in this district and many of them are our customers. Therefore we shall be easier accessible to farmers from all corners of Lithuania”, said Christina Stark, MD of Väderstad-Verken AB during the ceremony.
Rimantas Diliunas, Cecillia Ruthström-Ruin, Christina Stark & Romas Naudziunas
Minister of Agriculture Kazys Starkevičius attended the event and he was glad that the strong company, famous for its quality products, had come to Lithuania.
“I am not only a minister but also a farmer, so I understand why my colleagues have confidence in agricultural machines of Swedish make. There are several reasons for this, but the main is that only the Baltic Sea separates us; therefore climatic conditions in the countries are very similar. Therefore agricultural machines from Väderstad are suitable for our conditions. Furthermore, the implements and drills are actually very reliable“, – said the Minister. He also mentioned that the EU countries were currently discussing on new period of common agricultural policy and much money would be allocated for the modernization of farms in it for sure.
“So it is a good time to invest – you can be assured that Lithuanian farmers will buy products from the Swedish company for their own money or from the EU funds. I hope that your investment will be helpful to the company Väderstad and to Lithuanian farmers”, – concluded his speech the Minister of Agriculture Kazys Starkevičius.
The Swedish ambassador Cecillia Ruthström-Ruin, CEO Christina Stark, Agriculture Minister Kazys Starkevicius
The Swedish Ambassador to Lithuania, Cecillia Ruthström-Ruin said that the Väderstad investment is a sign of positive cooperation between Sweden and Lithuania as Sweden is a leader according to investments in Lithuania. “We are delighted that this strong Swedish company decided to invest in Lithuania and gave credit to the domestic market. I am waiting for invitation to the opening party of the new Väderstad centre in Lithuania, in December”, – the ambassador concluded her speech cheerfully.
The Swedish ambassador Cecillia Ruthström-Ruin
The Swedish Ambassador to Lithuania, Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin said that the Väderstad investment is a sign of positive cooperation between Sweden and Lithuania as Sweden is a leader according to investments in Lithuania. “We are delighted that this strong Swedish company decided to invest in Lithuania and gave credit to the domestic market. I am waiting for invitation to the opening party of the new Väderstad centre in Lithuania, in December”, – the ambassador concluded her speech cheerfully.
The total area of new structure will be 1100 square meters. The office area will consist of approx. 400 square meters, while the remaining area will be divided to a spare parts depot and to the repair shop. The construction was started on the 2nd of May and they plan to accomplish the centre in November this year.