ABOUT THE UTS GROUP OF COMPANIES
The Russian-Swedish company “United Trading System (UTS)“ started it’s activities in the CIS countries in May 1994 when the first office and warehouse facilities were opened in St.Petersburg, Russia.
Today UTS has become a group of companies (UTS Group) which owns offices and warehouse facilities in many cities in Russia, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Sweden, The Netherlands and China.
The functional management and the business division managers operate from the headquarters of the company located in St.Petersburg.
The UTS Group started it’s activities exporting chemicals, metals and optical devices to Europe and to the USA and importing chemicals and foodstuff from Sweden, Denmark and The Netherlands.
It was the period during which the company was structured, starting capital was accumulated and experience in international business was gained.
Thanks to acquiring highly reliable and stable Swedish partners the company strengthened it’s position.
As far back as 1996 UTS managed to select and focus on 2 main businesses in their overall activities namely : the export and import of chemicals and import of building materials which activities still today form the core businesses of the UTS Group.
By mid 1998 the company reached a position of sound financial stability and had developed a highly rated business reputation with Russian as well as with foreign producers.
Modern technical facilities, state of the art working conditions, a highly qualified staff, own offices and warehouses and financial solvency enabled the company to overcome the effects of the August 1998 monetary and business crisis and to actively continue expanding it’s activities.
In the autumn of 1998 the company decided to substantially expand it’s activities and portfolio of products to be offered to local Russian and other producers. The company strategy and mission statement were revised and clearly defined.
The staff was expanded and enriched with new highly qualified specialists having extensive experience in their specific fields of expertise. Many of the new specialists held PhD degrees.
Following these steps and based on proper management and strategy and through the competence of all employees the company was able to make significant steps forward in the development of the company.
During the period 1999-2001 the portfolio of chemical raw materials to be offered to Russian, Ukrainian industry increased by a factor 10.
In principle UTS supplies to almost any segment of Russian and other industries among which one will find producers of paints and lacquers, construction materials, synthetic fibres, glass fibres, polymers and additives, detergents and cosmetics, food and feed ingredients, raw materials for oil and lubricants production, greases, machine building plants, automotive and aerospace materials.
Turnover of the company started to grow fast in 2000 with the annual increase rate of 40-50%.
Based on continued growth the company opened up offices and warehouse facilities in Moscow in summer of 2000. By that time the staff in UTS had grown to 60 people.
In the year of 2001 UTS opened their own office and warehouse in the Urals in the city of Ekaterinburg. Moreover a sub distributor with office and warehouses started a close cooperation with UTS in the city of Novosibirsk.
In the spring of 2003 UTS established a daughter company in the city of Chernigov the Ukraine to start direct deliveries of chemical raw materials to the Ukraine.
In 2004 UTS established own offices and a warehouse in Kiev the Ukraine. By that time UTS staff had grown to more than 130 people.
In June 2007 UTS inaugurated a new office and warehouse in the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan to take care of direct deliveries to that country.
August 2008 was highlighted by opening an office and warehouse in the port city of Odessa, the Ukraine as a result of increased flow of goods from overseas into the Ukraine.
In May 2009 our sub distributor in Novosibirsk was acquired and became a fully owned member of the UTS Group of companies.
In 2010 UTS opened up an office and warehouse facilities in Rostov-on-Don.
In the same year UTS established an office and warehouse in Minsk, Belarus
It goes without saying that the 2008 global economic crisis hit Russia also and thus the UTS Group of companies. High turnover , high leverage due to large stocks, high level of receivables and credits resulted in an uncomfortable financial position.
Nevertheless and based on an incredible effort by the management and staff of UTS the company managed to weather these enormous difficulties and to dispose of stocks and to settle all outstanding accounts with our partners/suppliers.
Regretfully this cannot be said about some of our clients some of which went bankrupt.
In actual fact UTS managed to maintain it’s highly qualified staff, it’s positive image and reputation in the market and moreover UTS managed to continue construction of it’s state of the art new logistics center (equipped with the own laboratory) of 15 000 sq.m. in St.Petersburg, which was put into operation in 2011.
By the year 2012 the UTS Group includes 17 companies with a total of 28.900 m2 of warehouse facilities and a staff totaling 330 people.
At the moment UTS is representing the interests and distributing the products of more than 200 well known foreign chemical producers.
UTS is an official distributor of the majority of our foreign suppliers and has exclusive rights for marketing and selling their products in the various CIS countries.
Taking into account the main features and strengths of the company such as the extent of the various product portfolio’s, the high reputation, the level of service and more, UTS Group is today considered to be one of the leading Russian suppliers of chemical raw materials and building materials.
Competence,, responsibility, outstanding relationships with clients and partners/suppliers provide the basis for our high level of competitiveness, financial stability and sustainable continuous development.
UTS Group management pays special attention to maintain and improve the already high level of service ensuring favorable conditions and benefits to our clients.
The company focuses continuously on improving of all aspects of distribution of our portfolio in Russia and CIS countries.
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