Locks from Volkovysk

Be­laru­sian locks are very pop­u­lar in Rus­sia, Kaza­khstan, Moldova, Ukraine and other coun­tries

Economy of Belarus - - BELARUSIAN BRAND - Ta­mara MARKINA, Econ­omy of Be­larus Magazin

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.

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