Good venue for meeting new world eco-standards
Minsk Automobile Works to assemble EURO-5 machine sets at joint enterprise in Vilnius
By Lidia Krapovskaya
The joint venture assembling small numbers of MAZ trucks is set up with Lithuanian Žiemgalos Automobiliai, in Vilnius. “We’d like to assemble vehicles meeting EURO-5 eco-standards, so are liaising with our Lithuanian partners,” notes Anatoly Pavlovich, who heads the Belarusian Industry Ministry’s Department for Foreign Economic Ties.
Mr. Pavlovich adds that Belarusian agricultural machinery has a significant market in Lithuania, with about 1,000 tractors exported in 2012 and about 250 ‘Belarus’ tractor sets assembled there — made by Bobruisk Plant of Tractor Parts and Units. “We’re going to extend this volume,” he asserts.
Besides MAZ and MTZ, other companies gave presentations at the recent International Belarusian-Lithuanian Economic Forum, seeking new partners in Lithuania. Mr. Pavolvich notes, “We have products which may interest our Lithuanian partners and are well-positioned to expand our presence in the region.” In particular, the Belarusian Steel Works has expanded its presence on the Lithuanian market, while BMZ-Baltic trading house is now operational and Mogilevliftmash and Atlant are exporting their goods to Lithuania.