By Oksana Shikut
A Colombian delegation has visited Belkommunmash, led by Alfonso Soria Mendoza, who heads the Office for Europe of the Colombian Foreign Ministry, and Diego Jose Tobon Echeverri, Ambassador of Colombia to Russia with concurrent accreditation in Belarus.
The guests toured the company premises, viewing 420 model new-generation ‘Vitovt’ trolley buses and a unique articulated tram with driver cabs at both ends. Belkommunmash’s chief designer, Oleg Bytsko, set out the company’s future design plans, saying that Belkommunmash is intent on designing a hybrid bus able to run on 25-30 percent less fuel.
The Colombian delegation highly praised the potential of the Minsk company in developing new technologies for passenger transportation vehicles, expressing interest in enhancing bilateral relations. They believe Belkommunmash’s products could find a real niche on Colombia’s transportation market.
At present, Belarusian trolley buses are used in nearly 50 regions across CIS and non-CIS states. In addition to selling to eight Belarusian cities, the company exports to over 30 Russian regions (including Kaliningrad and Vladivostok) in addition to Ukraine, Mongolia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Moldova and Bulgaria.