Although it could handle jobs, SVM struggles to find materials and is concerned about uncertainties in shipping services

While he devotes part of his time to military and social activities to protect his country, Sergii Mamonov, co-founder of SVM, seeks to give continuity to his work as a printer.

The company, which is fully digital and organized on a mixed B2B and B2C model, makes displays, packaging, and commercial products. SVM counts food, tobacco, and oil companies among its clients. Thanks to its international customers, the company is still open and operational and can still secure jobs for some employees at a much-reduced rate than before the war.  

“In the beginning, the turnover went to zero, while now we are 20-25% of the level we had before the war. We had more than 40 employees, but now we only need five,” Mamonov says.

SVM produces most of its jobs in-house, using its HP Indigo 5500, Ricoh Pro C7200, and Pro 8300s digital presses. In addition, the company uses a Mimaki UJV-160, an Epson GS6000, and a Canon Océ Arizona 550 flatbed in the large format department. Digital cutting is done with a Kongsberg i-XL44. Offset jobs are outsourced to partners.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine halted SVM’s development plans. The company is now exploring the possibility of creating new products as well as selling in other European countries, starting with neighboring Poland. 

SVM is prepared to handle jobs for foreign companies, but to guarantee deliveries, it must contend with the country’s collapsing infrastructure, including customs services and transportation companies. Although he manages to purchase some materials from SVM’s suppliers and from neighboring countries, the printer reports the poor availability of materials.

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