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Ursus SA, the Polish producer of agricultural machinery, concluded a deal with the Metal and Engineering Corporation (MetEC) to provide a tractor assembly line for Ethiopia.

The company which signed a deal with MetEC during the past budget year to supply 3,000 tractors will start the first batch of shipments within two weeks, according to officials at Ursus.
The company officials told Ethiopian journalists who visited the headquarters of Ursus SA at Lublin, in south east Poland, that specialists from MetEC would soon come to Poland for training that will help the Ethiopian company to enhance its employees’ skills.
“We have already prepared for the training that will include practical skills,” Robert Pietrzyk, Trade Specialist of Ursus, said. “We are not only selling the product but transferring knowledge,” he said.
“The specialists will be trained on how to change parts and equipment including for the assembly line and servicing the tractors and maintenance,” Pietrzyk said.
During the initial stage the company will deliver 180, 80, and 50 horse power tractors to Ethiopia in addition to 110 and 140 horse power tractors.
According to the deal, the company will supply all of the products within two years. The first 1,500 tractors will be delivered before the end of this year according to the deal, while the rest will be fully shipped during the next year. The total amount of the deal is 90 million birr. 
About ten months ago Sufian Ahmed, Minister of Finance and Economic Development visited the company at Lublin. The Polish government also provided a USD 50 million loan for Ethiopia to purchase the products.
MetEC has an interest in expanding its capacity to develop its own machines using its own staff and technology. Currently it has begun assembling some construction and small scale agricultural machines. The company has also begun assembling vehicles of all sizes including buses in the country. 
Ursus SA has been in business for 120 years. It is the only agricultural machine manufacturer listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange and is the oldest company manufacturing vehicles for this purpose in Poland. It has four manufacturing plants.
Ursus reported a 50 million Euro turnover based data a year ago. It already has strong sales in several African countries, including Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa and Tunisia, among others. However, the deal with MetEC, the state owned giant manufacturer is different in terms of supply volume and details related with the assembly line and other technical skills that will be provided by the company.
In 1930 the Ursus factory fell on hard times due to the world financial crisis, and was nationalized under the Państwowe Zakłady Inżynieryjne (National Engineering Works, PZInż), the Polish manufacturer of arms and vehicles. It then began producing military tractors, tanks and other heavy machinery for troops. During World War II, the Germans relocated PZInz to Germany and the remains were destroyed. After the war the factory was rebuilt and started producing the Ursus C-45, similar in design to the German pre-war Lanz Bulldog tractor. During the 1950s, the Ursus factory began producing tractors using a Zetor-based design.
MeTEC is state enterprise established by the government of Ethiopia about four years ago and comprises 15 semi-autonomous, and integrated manufacturing companies that are operating in more than nine different sectors.
The Adama Garment Industry, Adama Agricultural Machinery Industry, Akaki Basic Metals Industry, Dejen Aviation Industry, Ethiopia Plastic Industry, Gafat Armament Industry, Hamicho Ammunition Industry, Hi-Tech Industry, Hibret Manufacturing and Machine Building Industry, Metals Fabrication Industry, Power Engineering Industry, Bishoftu Automotive Industry and other sub-industries are all under MeTEC.