Physicists focus on applied exports
At present, the Physico-Technical Institute is successfully liaising with leading scientific research institutes in Russia, China, Brazil, Germany, the USA, Poland, Romania and South Korea. Belarusian physicists recently supplied an expensive vacuum metallising unit to Switzerland and, this year, around $400,000 of equipment to manufacture machine tools is being delivered to Kazakhstan.
The Institute is also working on the domestic market, focusing on the manufacture of high-precision blank parts for implants. These annually bring in around $1m for the state budget. Its expertise is also applied in diamond-coating of agricultural soil processing machinery. “Saving is evident; imported fodder harvesting blades cost $80 each while those made in Belarus are just $40,” note specialists.