The Competition Office has begun an assessment of the recent sales of the Mafra media group to the Agrofert holding company of billionaire Andrej Babiš. If all goes smoothly the administrative proceedings should not take more than a month.

In connection with its takeover by Agrofert group, the Mafra publishing group is to simplify its asset structure. The Mafra Media and Metro ČR subsidiaries will be dissolved, and Mafra will be the only successor company.

Brno-based Unis, specialising inter alia in investment construction, last year increased its turnover by nearly 70% to 1.2 billion CZK. Since 2010 it has almost tripled its turnover. Most of the company's orders are won abroad.

Pegas Nonwovens from Znojmo, one of Europe’s leading non-woven textile producers, has started up production in a new factory near Cairo. It has established a subsidiary in Egypt for the investment worth 1.5 billion CZK.

Gumotex from Břeclav, which specialises in producing bed mattresses and car interior fittings, is planning over the next three years to significantly increase its turnover and profit. It intends to invest in technology and take on new employees.

Recent changes in shareholding structure at Severomoravské vodovody a kanalizace (SmVaK) Ostrava will not cause staff redundancies. No dramatic increase in prices is planned either. New Board members may be appointed.

The Czech company Y Soft Corporation, which specialises in software and equipment for printing, copying and scanning, is preparing to buy its competitor Equitrac Systems of Australia. The price of the deal has not been revealed.

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