MINSK, 15 August (BelTA) - The project to modernize production facilities of OAO MotoVeloZavod will be completed by the end of 2023, director of the plant Nikolai Ladutko told BelTA.
"If we take the calendar year that has passed since the president's order [to develop the production premises of the plant] was adopted in July 2021 , then we see that a lot has been done,” he said. “The Minsk City Executive Committee and the Minsk City Technopark drew up a development concept. Large-scale construction and installation work began.” The modernization project is set to run in 2022-2026 in accordance with the order of the head of state.
As a result, the plant will occupy only 10% of the total territory which is 200,000 square meters. "This is a correct, modern move," Nikolai Ladutko believes. “Now we need a compact modern enterprise that will operate the finishing cycle, namely is a completely knocked down assembly."
The building, that houses the facilities of the plant, is now being actively modernized. During the autumn, roofing work will be completed here.
"We held tenders, selected suppliers for 50% of the equipment. By the end of the year, we will hold the next round of procurement tenders. Equipment will start coming in by the year-end. In March, we will start mounting it. Next year, we will have three new assembly lines, new workshop logistics," the director informed.
According to him, the modernization of the production line will be completed by the end of 2023, with all technological equipment to be installed. Gradually it will reach full production capacity. “It will be a modern painting complex with two types of painting. Our specialists have modeled it themselves,” Nikolai Ladutko said. Most of the equipment will be purchased in China. The plant has been cooperating with this country for a long time.
“This year we have felt a change in the situation on the market and seen a decrease in consumer demand both within Belarus and in the countries where we sell our bicycle products. The physical demand has decreased by 30% in the Russian Federation. The same has happened in Belarus,” the head of the plant said. According to him, the manufacturers, both in Russia and Belarus, see a significant increase in counterfeit supply of bicycles, mostly through customs points on the borders of Russia with Kazakhstan and China. A joint statement has been written to the Russian government regarding the situation. “We must talk about the domestic manufacturer protection. The domestic manufacturer should be able to compete with other producers on an equal footing. China, India, the European Union are all protected,” said Nikolai Ladutko.