MIORY, 8 August (BelTA) – Miory Rolling Mill should achieve stable operation, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he was inspecting the enterprise on 8 August, BelTA has learned.
Upon arriving at the enterprise, Aleksandr Lukashenko, as usual, immediately got down to business: “Let's start with raw materials. Production, a warehouse for finished products.”
“The company cannot operate in an off-again on-again mode. What about people working here? We need to take care of them,” the president said.
The president studied the company's products, asked about the output and the availability of raw materials. The head of state was informed that the enterprise can produce up to 150,000 tonnes of tinplate per year. These products are in demand both in the domestic and foreign markets. According to Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Nazarov, the competitive advantage of the plant is that it produces the thinnest tinplate in the post-Soviet space. It is used as packaging for food, perfume, petrochemical products. The market capacity for such products in Belarus is about 30,000-35,000 tonnes.
“We have seen that we need these products. And the things we have begun to do are extremely relevant. This is about import substitution, and we can consume at least 35,000 tonnes inside Belarus,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
At the same time, the president noted that the enterprise should meet 100% of the demand for these products in Belarus: “Now we have a chance. Today we are free. If the West introduced draconian measures against us, we will have to say good bye to them. We should have a solid presence on our own market.”