MINSK DISTRICT, 14 February (BelTA) – Companies that make clothes should unite into associations in order to defend the industry's interests. Prime Minister of Belarus Sergei Rumas made the statement as he visited OOO Mark Formelle on 14 February, BelTA has learned.
Sergei Rumas said: “You should get together and set up associations so that they could lobby your interests in all the government agencies. Not you but they should be the ones to identify systemic problems. It is preferable for these associations to grow from the grassroots level, upon your initiative instead of the government's. This way your interests will not be blurred. They will be well represented and defended. You will set up the associations while we will instruct everyone to talk to and listen to the associations' feedback.”
The prime minister visited the privately owned clothes manufacturer OOO Mark Formelle together with Minsk Oblast Governor Aleksandr Turchin. The company's directors Svetlana Siparova and Andrei Serikov talked about the current state and development prospects of the enterprise. They took guests on a tour of the enterprise, made them familiar with the equipment and the choice of products the company offers.
According to Andrei Serikov, at present Mark Formelle has over 200 shops in four countries. The company has raised over $25 million in investments over ten years. Since 2009 it has opened 14 factories and has created over 3,000 jobs. New technologies for dying clothes with a gradient transition of colors have been introduced this year.
The company intends to explore new materials and technologies for making clothes for high-performance sport. It also intends to develop its own IT product to predict retail sales and manage the enterprise. Plans have also been made to create 30 shops per annum.
OOO Mark Formelle was established in Uzda District, Minsk Oblast in 2009. The main enterprise to make knitted goods and underwear is located there. The company set up a branch at premises of the local pasteboard and printing factory in Zaslavl in 2013. The branch makes import-substituting products such as hosiery for children, women, and men.
While in Minsk District Sergei Rumas also visited the wallpaper manufacturer OOO Profistil. The head of government mentioned good development prospects of the company and promised support on the part of the government.