Fanipol is winning fame in Europe
Meeting between Peter Spuhler, CEO and owner of Stadler Rail Group, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko affirms that from the former Soviet assembly workshop Belarus has transformed into a high-tech production venue for all Europe
In 2013, the company concluded a contract with Russia’s Aeroexpress for the delivery of 25 double-level trains to be made in Fanipol. Sadly, due to the economic crisis, the order was reduced to 11 trains, and Fanipol was unable to make the order ‘pay’: a case for concern during the recent meeting at the Palace of Independence.
Mr. Lukashenko said, “I know you have some problems you’re working on and I’m ready to discuss these issues. You’ve created almost 500 highly productive jobs in Belarus, and you’re working with innovations ‘on trend’ today. These are our main objectives, which we’ll pursue from 2016 to 2021. In this regard, you can be sure that we’re ready to work with you and implement all your company’s proposals.”
Mr. Spuhler commented, “Aeroexpress was unable to pay for part of its order and revoked it. We had to extend the timeline on production processes to find new sources of financing. The issue is almost solved today.” Speaking to journalists, he added, “We’ve taken the initiative to shift some orders aimed at Western European states here. One deals with Norwegian state railways. In addition, the plant will focus on the assembly of trams for St. Petersburg’s city lines.”
The parties also discussed the possibility of Fanipol producing trains for the Minsk metro third line. Some are already operating in Berlin and shall soon launch in Glasgow, UK.
By Vladimir Khromov