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13th December, 2018

BYD delivers first electric bus made in Hungary

The first electric bus produced by Chinese manufacturer BYD at its plant in Komarom was formally handed over to the town of Salgotarjan yesterday. The bus will be put into operation in January.

BYD opened its first European plant in Hungary last year.

The 12-metre buses can carry 85 passengers and have a range of 250km.

The purchase of new environmentally friendly vehicles is an important element of the government’s bus strategy, deputy state secretary Gyula Pomazi of the Innovation and Technology Ministry declared at the ceremony.

BYD has delivered 600 buses to 12 countries in Europe to date. (azuzlet.hu)
13th December, 2018

Nestle gives trademark rights to Szerencsi

Nestle has transferred the exclusive rights to use the Szerencsi brand for non-cocoa products to Hungarian company Szerencsi Bonbon.

The Swiss food giant purchased the chocolate factory in Szerencs in 1991, which has become a regional production and packaging centre, supplying cocoa and coffee powder to 30 countries, said Nestle Hungaria CEO Peter Noszek.

Szerencsi Bonbon makes Szerencsi brand flavoured sweets in addition to chocolate products.

Chocolate production in Szerencs is in good hands, said Agriculture Minister Istvan Nagy, after the signing of the trademark use agreement, which, he said, will ensure the future of the more than 100-year-old industry in the city.

Nestle has invested Ft 7.5 billion in the region, Ft 5.5 billion of that in the Szerencs facility. A new production line was built at a cost of Ft 180 million in 2015, creating 100 jobs.

Szerencsi Bonbon founder Istvan Takacs said it is unprecedented for a large company to transfer a product trademark. (infostart.hu; portfolio.hu; tozsdeforum.hu; index.hu; napi.hu)
13th December, 2018

Vodafone announces tech prize

Mobile operator Vodafone Hungary will launch a Ft 15 million technology innovation prize for companies, individuals and non-profit organisations, CEO Amanda Nelson told a press conference in Budapest.

The prize announced by the Vodafone Foundation aims to find digital solutions that help social cohesion.

The top priority groups are children, families and non-profit organisations.

Balazs Karoly Solymar, state secretary at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, said the cabinet supports initiatives that spread the benefits of digitalisation and innovation to everyone. (computerworld.hu; uzletem.hu; hirma.hu)

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