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24 Apr 2020

Belarusian Keramin continues signing contracts despite lull on foreign target markets

Belarusian Keramin continues signing contracts despite lull on foreign target markets

MINSK, 24 April (BelTA) – The major Belarusian manufacturer of ceramic tiles, sanitary ware, and ceramic bricks OAO Keramin continues signing contracts on selling and shipping its products despite a lull on foreign target markets. Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Kukharev made the statement as he visited the enterprise on 24 April, BelTA has learned.

Vladimir Kukharev said: “Although there are certain problems with exporting the products right now and despite a certain lull on foreign markets, Keramin continues signing contacts. The company exports about 60% of the output. Apart from that, new kinds of popular products are made, for instance, large tiles.” Thus, Keramin already makes ceramic tiles sized 30x60cm and 30x75cm. The company intends to start making 30x90cm tiles this year. Vladimir Kukharev believes they will sell well on the home market and abroad.

The deputy prime minister went on saying: “Today we also see that there was a certain increase in demand on the home market in Q1 2020. This is why the company will continue working taking into account the existing situation, will continue making the products that sell well and as much as the market needs. Today Keramin has no problems. Salaries get paid, people keep working. The company employs about 2,500 people and all of them are intent on working hard. Search for new customers continues, including in non-CIS states. We have no serious fears concerning the company’s operation.”

Speaking about the civil engineering industry as a whole, Vladimir Kukharev said that during the government conference held on 23 April the head of state gave instructions to ensure the best performance of the civil engineering industry. “As for construction companies, they are working at full capacity. An increase in construction and installation work was registered in the first quarter of the year. It means it is possible to continue moving in this direction. As for the construction materials industry, every enterprise needs an individual approach because they specialize in various areas of activity. I am talking about cement production, production of tiles, road metal, and other areas. We are working to keep these enterprises busy in order to satisfy the domestic demand in full and naturally continue export shipments,” Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Kukharev said.

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