Dnipro trolleybus manufacturer to replace Belarusian bodies

Ukrainian Dnipro trolleybuses, assembled at the Southern Machine-Building Plant (Pivdenmash), will give up on using Belarusian bodies and replace them with other ones.

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In a statement to LIGA.net, Litan Trading House, a supplier to Pivdenmash, said trolleybuses will continue to be manufactured without bodies from the Minsk automobile plant (MAZ) from Belarus.

"Of course, in the future production of Dnipro trolleybuses, MAZ bodies and other components manufactured by business entities subject to sanctions imposed by Ukraine or the European Union will not be used," Litan Trading House stressed.

"We are currently implementing alternative technical solutions, planning to manufacture Dnipro trolleybuses on the basis of bodies from another manufacturer."

Currently, Litan is finalising a contract to produce 40 Dnipro trolleybuses for the city of Mykolaiv, which still use Belarusian MAZ203T bodies, all of which had been purchased and delivered to Ukraine before Russia’s full-scale war.

"Some of the Dnipro-T203 trolleybuses that remain to be delivered to Mykolaiv are fully ready for delivery to the buyer’s address," the company said.

The Minsk automobile plant is one of the largest automotive manufacturers in Eastern Europe, which used to be a leading supplier to Ukraine before Russia’s full-scale invasion.

In May 2022, the Belarusian importers of MAZ in Ukraine, Avtomaz-Ukraine and TD MAZ-Ukraine, came under the control of the asset management and recovery authority.

Last month, Ukraine imposed ten-year sanctions on MAZ, following similar moves by the United States, the European Union, Canada, and Switzerland.

Litan Trading House LLC, registered in 2009 in Dnipro, is one of the largest suppliers of buses and trolleybuses in Ukraine.