Just when 2011 was coming to a close, the FEZ Gomel-raton welcomed three new companies. As of 1 January 2012, the total number of the resident companies of the FEZ made 81. The newcomers are Talen Grass (synthetic grass surface production), Ealan (wooden pellets production), and Gomel Carriage Works (high-tech passenger carriages production).
Setting up a high-tech railway carriages production facility by Gomel Carriage Works is one of the key investment projects not just for Gomel Oblast, but also for entire Belarus. The company was set up in partnership with Ukraine-based Kriukov Car Building Works with 85% of shares belonging to Belarus and 15% of shares belonging to Ukraine.
Foreign investments are used for the technical upgrade of the now former Gomel Car-repair Plant and purchase of cuttingedge machines and assembling technologies. By the way, apart from passenger carriages the company will also make specialpurpose carriages, such as rail spotters, mobile laboratories, and track-recording cars. The fact that about 4,000 jobs will be created by the new company shows the scale of the project.
According to experts, the plant will fully meet the demand of Belarusian Railways for passenger carriages as it will produce over 180 modern comfortable cars by 2015. Besides, products of the Belarusian-ukrainian joint venture will be exported to other CIS countries and Baltic states.