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24 February 2021, 12:46

Opinion: Great synergy of industry and academia in Belarus

MINSK, 24 February (BelTA) – Manufacturing industry and the academia in Belarus have established great teamwork, Belarus' Industry Minister Piotr Parkhomchik said ahead of the annual general meeting of the ministry on 24 February, BelTA has learned.

“In 2020 the country's manufacturing sector made great progress. There is great synergy of the sector and the scientific community. The most important avenue of cooperation is the introduction of scientific developments into production. Every year innovative products are developed and advanced technologies are assimilated,” said Piotr Parkhomchik.

Belarus' latest developments include prototypes of winter sport equipment, a gas-powered harvester, an unmanned hauler, new types of loaders, truck tractors, buses, forwarders, a new electric bus. The recent achievements also include the launch of mass production of truck cranes, the assembling of a new payload class hauler, out-of-furnace steel processing and increased production of passenger cars.

“Electric transport has been determined as one of the priorities for the nearest term. Designing a new machine-building sub-branch should deliver a boost to the production of both electric transport and component parts. The Electric Transport innovation industrial center has been set up in cooperation with the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus,” the minister stressed.

Plans are in place to set up big state-run industrial associations to help the country compete successfully with the world's largest manufacturers and defend its interests in the markets. The agricultural engineering corporation can become the country's first such project, Piotr Parkhomchik said.

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