Locks from Volkovysk
Belarusian locks are very popular in Russia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Ukraine and other countries
There was a lot to do: we had to expand the lineup of products, enhance their quality, reliability and service life. Simultaneously we were trying hard to expand into new markets and find new customers. Besides, we had to cut costs dramatically everywhere we could. We analyzed thoroughly every single step we made.
Closer cooperation with other companies of the Industry Ministry helped a lot. Volmet produces junctions and component parts for Minsk Automobile Plant (MAZ), Gomselmash, Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ), Amkodor and other companies. These are our priority customers. In October this year we made Br3.01 billion worth of products, of which
Volmet is the only company in Belarus specializing in locks. A year ago, the losses of this Volkovysk-based producer were estimated at B1 billion, while in January-october this year the net profit of the company made up Br966 million. Director of Volmet Alexander SHABOTENKO tells the Economy of Belarus Magazine how the company managed to resolve the issues, challenge foreign producers and what plans it has for the future.
Br1.35 billion were orders placed by MAZ, MTZ and Amkodor. As you see, the orders from these companies account for the bulk of our output.
More than that, Volmet executes orders of companies producing farm machines. For example, we produce gas pedals for tractors Belarus.
We seek and find new ways to raise money. For example, we cast aluminum blanks for the foundry shop floor of a Belarus-germany company. We also make gadgetry and stamps to order.
The practice shows that many imported locks are not reliable and break in a year. Locks by Volmet are something you can trust. For example, if door handle springs fail in a foreign lock, the lock stops working. Our locks have additional springs to enhance the durability of door handles.
The company offers a variety of mortise and rim locks. The product portfolio features about 15 types of locks and nearly 70 door handles. We supplied Br2.4 billion of these products to the domestic market in October. We make locks with extended key plates, large-size locks, locks with a square deadlock where you can change the direction of the lock without dismantling it. We make them with steel deadlocks and other details to increase their reliability and service life. We also make latches, both simple ones and with additional bolting, latches with dropforged steel and cast keyhole plates and door handles, as well as zinc-coated and polymer-coated latches. We make latches resembling “old copper” with various degrees of blackening.
By the way, we also custommake locks.