Lukashenko visits Dobrush Porcelain Factory
DOBRUSH, 4 February (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko visited Dobrush Porcelain Factory during his working trip to Dobrush on 4 February, BelTA has learned.
The head of state was supposed to visit only Dobrush Paper Factory, but he decided to examine the state of affairs at the porcelain factory as well. Aleksandr Lukashenko visited the main manufacturing facility and got familiar with the range of products and the manufacturing process.
“We should preserve the factory and give it a hand if needed: if the factory falls into total decay, we will need a huge amount of money to get it up and running again,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The president believes that products of Dobrush Porcelain Factory will always be in demand, this is why it is important for the enterprise not to lose markets.
The factory employs more than 1,000 people with the average salary of Br725, Director General of the factory Aleksandr Vinokurov told journalists. Over 75% of the output is bound for export, mainly to Russia. Export markets of the enterprise also include Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and other countries. “If Belarus joins the World Trade Organization, we will be exempt from the 13%-duty on our products in the European market, which will make them more competitive,” he noted.
According to Aleksandr Vinokurov, the enterprise is being upgraded and is looking for new technologies, but this process affects profitability. For example, last year the factory was in the red as it purchased a large batch of new equipment. “All the new equipment is European, this is why we need to take loans in euros. The increase in the exchange rate at the end of the year upset us a bit, but in general we had a surplus and made profit,” Aleksandr Vinokurov added.