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New glass works by Austrian ATEK company to open in Smolevichi in 2009

28.02.2007

Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko has approved a project for setting up a new plant in Smolevichi for producing high-quality float glass. The project was discussed today, as deputy head of Belarus President Administration Leonid Anfimov and director of ATEK company Alexander Muravyev delivered their report to the president.

Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko has approved a project for setting up a new plant in Smolevichi for producing high-quality float glass. The project was discussed today, as deputy head of Belarus President Administration Leonid Anfimov and director of ATEK company Alexander Muravyev delivered their report to the president.

The Belarusian president’s press service told BelTA, the construction of the glass works will be another step in implementing the Belarus Glass Industry Development Programme. The glass works is supposed to open in 2009. The project will be implemented by Austrian ATEK company, which has been upgrading the Yelizovo glass works together with Belarusian partners since 2002. Investments in the new production facility are expected to exceed €150 million.

The Smolevichi glass works will be the most modern company. It will use the latest methods of float glass production. Annual sales of the future glass works are expected to exceed €135 million. Over 65% of the output will be exported. The new company will create around 600 jobs for residents of the town. Alexander Muravyev noted, the utilisation of energy-effective glass in Belarus will save over 1 million tonnes of oil equivalent of heating energy annually.

The president noted the perspective and importance of such projects for the development of small towns and changing the situation they fell into in the late 1990s.

According to Alexander Lukashenko, ATEK has met its commitments in Yelizovo and the state is ready to support the company in implementing the new project.



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