Forty-one percent of Lithuanian industrial companies plan to increase production in the next months, reports ELTA. This data was received from a survey conducted by the Department of Statistics. The poll of the heads of industrial companies revealed that the trust index in industry has increased and has become positive. This was influenced by an improved forecast of production and by the decrease in inventory. The product exports forecast has also improved, since more than a third of the heads of companies (35 percent) forecast growth, while only 6 percent forecast a drop in exports. However, in August compared to April-July, the growth of manufacturing has decreased: 26 percent of those polled said manufacturing had decreased, while 27 percent said it had increased (a month ago it was respectively 12 percent and 30 percent).
The container terminal of Transiidikeskuse AS handled 167,337 TEU of container goods in the first eight months of this year, which is by 9 percent more than at the same time in 2012, reports Postimees Online. In August, the container terminal handled 18,754 TEU, by 2 percent more than in August 2012. General cargo terminal volumes grew by a fifth in August. Board chairman of Transiidikeskus, Erik Laidvee, said that the Mitsubishi Kaluga plant being on collective vacation affected the August container volumes. The total cargo turnover of Transiidikeskuse AS was nearly 1.7 million tons in eight months.
On Sept. 5 the first Lithuanian electric bus L-Bus will hit the streets of Vilnius City, reports ELTA. The bus will be tested in the streets of Vilnius until Sept. 14. It is planned that the bus will take the G1 route. On Sept. 4 the bus will be presented to the media. Mayor of Vilnius City Arturas Zuokas, Marjanas Meckovskis, director at L-BUS, Gintaras Nakutis, director at Vilniaus Viesasis Transportas will attend the presentation. L-Bus is already certified by the European Union and complies with all the technical requirements of the EU countries.