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MTZ exports almost hit $1bn in 2011

MINSK, 13 January (BelTA) – In 2011 the export of Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ trademark) soared 53.3% compared with the same time last year to make up $983 million. Over the period under review the company delivered 51,680 items of equipment overseas, BelTA learnt from the company’s marketing center.

Last year MTZ delivered 6,671 tractors and special-purpose equipment to the domestic market. The company sold 14,333 tractors abroad (the sales growth made up 130.3%). Almost 12,000 vehicles were sent to the CIS (118.1%), not including Russia.

“Russia remains MTZ major foreign market. Deliveries to this country last year increased 1.6 times as compared with 2010. The Russian Federation purchased 25,423 tractors. Ukraine is MTZ second largest partner. In 2011 this country bought 7,047 tractors “Belarus”,” the MTZ marketing center stressed.

The supplies to Kazakhstan almost doubled (2,236 items of equipment). The export to Moldova resulted in the sale of 586 tractors. The sales to Azerbaijan and Tajikistan also increased (750 and 522 items respectively). The plant boosted cooperation with Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan. In 2011 these countries imported 548 and 204 vehicles respectively.

MTZ supplies to Pakistan totaled 3,270 tractors (export growth – 137.3%). The company shipped large consignments to Egypt (1,066 tractors, export growth – 120.7%), Vietnam (560; 205%), China (458; 916%), Algeria (252; 300%), and Sudan (255; 84.8%). The export to Cuba jumped nearly fourfold (199 vehicles).

“Among European countries Poland was the most active partner of the Belarusian tractor plant and acquired 1,529 Belarusian tractors,” the company stressed. MTZ deliveries considerably increased to Serbia and Germany (1,066 and 254 vehicles respectively). The export to Hungary increased four times to 970 tractors “Belarus”. MTZ customers in 2011 also included Lithuania (1,389; 118.2%), Romania (627; 162.4%), Latvia (413; 107,6%) and Estonia (356; 229.7%).

In 2011 MTZ developed a number of new markets. Among them was Bangladesh where the Belarusian plant sold 42 tractors “Belarus”, Burkina-Faso (3 items), Iraq (57), Yemen (3), Canada (6), Columbia (5), Congo (4), Mongolia (45), Nigeria (4), Myanmar and Tunis (one vehicle each).

Last year MTZ expanded into Serbia, Algeria and China where the Belarusian company opened its assembling plants. MTZ also launched supplies of tractor sets to Venezuela (146 items) for a joint assembling plant which is to open in January 2012.

Today there are six assembling plants for Belarusian tractors in Russia, five in other CIS countries and nine in the non-CIS.

The Minsk Tractor Works was founded in 1946. Now it is affiliated with the Industry Ministry. MTZ produces more than 60 models and modifications of tractors and machines in over 100 versions and configurations for all climatic and operational conditions. New models of tractors are well attachable with agricultural machines from different manufacturers. MTZ also offers forest, utilities and mining machines. Enterprises of the Association employ about 30,000 professionals.