The most famous Belarusian brands include mechanical engineering giants, top-notch chemical enterprises, innovative IT companies, clothing and footwear producers, manufacturers of high-quality foodstuffs…
Here you will find information about some of the most successful Belarusian companies that have established their name on the markets of Europe and beyond.
One in three of the dump trucks produced globally is manufactured by Belarusian Autoworks (BelAZ trademark), one of the leading producers of construction machinery and vehicles for open-pit mining. In 2013 the company rolled out the world’s largest mining truck with the carrying capacity of 450 tonnes and the record lifting capacity of over 503 tonnes. Since the company was established it has designed more than 500 modifications of vehicles and manufactured over 135,000 huge trucks that are now operated all over the world.
Belaruskali is one of the world’s biggest producers and exporters of potash fertilizers. The company’s history dates back to 1958 when the development of the ancient Starobin deposit of potassium salt was launched in Polesie. Belarus’ only “town of miners” – Soligorsk – was built not far from the deposit. Soligorsk is home to the CIS’ only speleotherapy clinic. According to the International Fertilizer Industry Association, Belaruskali accounts for one seventh of the global output of potash fertilizers. The company exports to over 70 countries worldwide.
Minsk Automobile Plant (MAZ trademark) produces world-class trucks, truck tractors, and chassis that are well-known far beyond Belarus. The company’s highly reliable trucks take part in prestigious rallies like the Dakar race marathon. Since 1995 Minsk Automobile Plant’s passenger vehicles have received numerous international awards. City and long-distance buses, tourist buses and special-purpose buses manufactured by the company can be seen all over Belarus and abroad (Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi 2014 Olympics)…
Minsk Tractor Works is among the world’s leading manufacturers of wheeled tractors holding about 8-10% of the global market. The company offers over 60 models and 100 modifications of tractors for all kinds of climatic conditions. For many decades MTZ-made tractors have been successfully operated all over the world. MTZ exports to more than 60 countries worldwide and has assembly plants in Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Algeria, Venezuela and other countries.
Belarusian Steel Works (BMZ trademark) is one of the country’s biggest exporters. It is unique in terms of its production cycle, because it incorporates all the technological stages, from steel production to the sales of finished products. The Zhlobin-based company manufactures rolled metal products, pipes, wires, steel fiberboard… The company sells to over 100 countries worldwide. Its partners include the world-famous tire producers, like Michelin, Goodyear, Continental, Pirelli, Nizhnekamskshina, and Bridgestone. BMZ’s fittings were used during the construction of Olympic facilities in London 2012 and Sochi 2014…
Belshina is one of the largest European tire manufacturers. The Bobruisk-based factory produces over 300 dimension types of tires for cars, trucks and heavy haulers, electric transport, buses, tractors and dump trucks… Products under the Belshina brand have penetrated the markets of almost 70 countries. In 1999 Belshina became the world’s fourth largest manufacturer of extra large-sized all-metal cord tires. The Belarusian enterprise supplies its products to KAMAZ, GAZ, Caterpillar Inc and other world brands, as well as the Belarusian companies BelAZ, MAZ, MTZ and MZKT.
Novopolotsk-based Naftan is a leading petroleum chemistry enterprise in Belarus: the first Belarusian gasoline was produced here in 1963. At present Naftan is one of the largest chemical complexes in Belarus producing over 80 kinds of petroleum derivatives: motor gasoline, various diesel fuels, jet aircraft fuel, aromatic hydrocarbons, asphalt and lubricating oils. Over 60% of its products are exported to the Baltic states, Ukraine, Poland, Russia, Norway, the UK and the Netherlands… The establishment of Naftan gave rise to the Belarusian town of Novopolotsk.
For over 50 years Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant (Volat trademark) has been producing reliable equipment suitable for transporting heavy goods. The company’s major products are chassis, truck tractors, dump trucks, platforms for drilling rigs, trailer trains which can be used in permafrost conditions and desert sands, for oil and gas exploitation and construction… The Volat machinery is exported to over 30 countries. Scores of weaponry and military equipment use MZKT’s unique chassis, including the complexes Iskander, S-400, Topol-M, Bastion, Tor-M2, Bal, Tornado and others…
Belkommunmash, one of the CIS major manufacturers of electric transport, offers eco-friendly and convenient transport solutions for megalopolises. Trolleybuses and tramcars produced by the Belarusian company enjoy a high demand in different cities of the world. Belkommunmash’s cutting-edge trolleybuses are equipped with diesel generators to move without electric energy, as well as with the GPS systems, tilting systems, USB ports and sockets for laptops. Belkommunmash is implementing joint projects with the following partners: the Swiss company Stadler Rail AG (they are about to begin producing two-storied trains for Russia’s Aeroexpress) and Polish PESA Bydgoszcz SA (rail buses).
Atlant is known primarily as a manufacturer of refrigerators and freezers. Minsk Refrigerator Plant was founded over 50 years ago, with the first refrigerator Minsk-1 rolling off the production line in 1962. Since that time the enterprise has turned into the huge holding company Atlant. These days Atlant’s reliable and ergonomic energy-efficient equipment for kitchens is exported to the CIS countries, the EU and Australia. Moreover, Atlant produces refrigerator boxes, which are in demand by shops and restaurants, refrigeration compressors purchased by manufacturers from all over the world and other household appliances such as automatic washing machines and kettles.
Gefest’s household appliances for kitchens are produced in the Belarusian city of Brest. The product range includes gas and electric cookers, built-in cooktops and ovens along with air cleaners which have gained recognition in many countries. The Brestgazoapparat company is one of the leading producers of cookers in the CIS. Gefest exports about 80% of its products.
Founded in 2005, the Belarusian Hi-Tech Park has become one of the world’s leading software and IT hubs. The legal status of the Hi-Tech Park is valid all over Belarus, and its residents enjoy advantages regardless of the location of their office. Companies from 50 countries are clients of the Belarusian Hi-Tech Park: over 85% of the software produced in the park is exported to the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the CIS. Today more than 160 companies are HTP residents. Among them are European and world leaders: EPAM Systems, the World of Tanks developer Game Stream (Wargaming development center), IBA IT Park, Itransition, Viber Media…
Milavitsa is famous for producing beautiful and stylish lingerie. Over decades Milavitsa, one of Eastern Europe’s biggest companies in the business, has designed figure shaping lingerie, swimsuits, sleepwear, casual wear. Following fashion trends in design, material and accessories, Milavitsa develops collections for every season, paying special attention to design solutions in favor of women’s comfort and health. The company boasts an estimated 450 storre chain network in more than 20 countries.
Founded in 1998, Santa Bremor Company, a resident of the free economic zone Brest, has grown into one of the leading food producers both in Belarus and Eastern Europe. The company’s lineup includes over 500 descriptions of products, the main of them being fish and seafood. Today the company of land-locked Belarus supplies high-quality semi-conserved fish to more than 15 countries (Russia, the EU and Baltic states, the U.S., Canada, Israel, Lebanon, Australia, New Zealand).
Kommunarka Factory has a history of over a hundred years. The products of this well-known brand include chocolate and sweets, which recipes include only natural cocoa products (cocoa beans are processed directly at the factory), cocoa powder and hand-made chocolate, caramel and sugarplums… Every year Kommunarka produces up to 25,000 tonnes of sweet things of more than 200 descriptions. Chocolate and sweets of the Minsk factory are popular in different countries (Russia, the U.S., Israel, Germany, the UAE and others).
Savushkin Product is one of the biggest dairy and juice producers in Belarus. The famous brand from Brest is represented by several trademarks. The company’s assortment exceeds 200 descriptions of products: milk and butter, sour cream and curd, cheese, yogurt and sour-milk drinks, desserts, juices and nectars. Savushkin Product is popular not only in Belarus: the brand’s products are exported to the CIS and non-CIS countries (Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, the EU, the UAE, Jordan).
Today Mogilev’s Babushkina Krynka is Belarus’ biggest dairy producer. The holding company’s daily output reaches 1,700 tonnes of milk. The company produces over 300 descriptions of products under several trademarks. Among them are milk and dairy products, sour cream and cream, baby food, yogurt, curd and cheeses, ice cream… Babushkina Krynka products are exported to Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, China, Germany, Iran.