Belarusian SvetlogorskKhimvolokno to export over 90% of new nonwoven material
GOMEL, 30 October (BelTA) – OAO SvetlogorskKhimvolokno intends to export more than 90% of the new nonwoven material spunbond, BelTA learned from the company’s Deputy Director General for Commerce Nikolai Ganzha.
An investment project was implemented in spring 2019 to expand the production of nonwoven materials by making spunbond. “We intend to export more than 90% of this material. We intend to export at least $7.7 million worth of the new product in 2020,” Nikolai Ganzha specified. The company will be able to expand the geography of sales thanks to the new product. Work is in progress on a portfolio of orders from French partners. On the whole, the new material will be shipped to 25 countries.
The investment project’s implementation has made OAO SvetlogorskKhimvolokno one of the largest manufacturers of spunbond in the Commonwealth of Independent States. The new line can make 10,000 tonnes of nonwoven materials per annum. The width can vary from 150mm to 3,200mm while the colors can be changed to match the customer’s preferences.
A Chinese company delivered the equipment. As many as 17 jobs were created thanks to the project.
The new plant has already reached 50% of the output capacity. “The homologation process takes time. We started making individual samples and pilot lots in spring. We are gradually accumulating a pool of clients and orders. We intend to reach the full workload in spring 2020,” the executive noted.
Nikolai Ganzha explained that the new product is primarily intended for civil engineering industry, furniture industry, and agriculture. The material can be used to make roofing underlays, materials for the thermal insulation and waterproofing of buildings, to make mattresses, sofas, chairs. There are other applications, too.
The Czech producer of premium roofing underlays Juta is the main partner in civil engineering applications. As for furniture, SvetlogorskKhimvolokno cooperates with Russian, Belarusian, and Polish companies. Work is in progress to establish contacts with Czech companies. The Belarusian company also works with IKEA subcontractors. As for agriculture, the UV-stabilized material sells well on the home market, in Russia, and Ukraine.
The company is also busy working to implement other projects, which will allow making products with a high profit margin.
The Svetlogorsk-based industrial group Khimvolokno was founded in 1964. The enterprise was reincorporated as a public joint-stock company (OAO) SvetlogorskKhimvolokno in January 2012. It is one of Belarus' largest chemical enterprises. The company comprises plants that make polyether textile fibers, artificial fibers, carbon and polymeric materials as well as consumer goods. Innovative products represent one sixth of the output. SvetlogorskKhimvolokno products are sold in over 40 countries across the globe.