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Belarus aims to be technical textile powerhouse

Belarus-based company Mogilevkhimvolokno, the largest producer of polyester fibers and yarns in Europe, is building a new industrial cluster. The new cluster will operate on a full cycle basis, from processing of raw materials to manufacturing finished products. During the first stage of the project the new cluster will focus on production and processing of technical yarns. The second stage involves production of a wide range of products mostly intended for export, including tent cloth, rubber technical goods, and others.

Among the products to be produced are fire hoses, preforms, special clothes, and chemical coatings. The new cluster will also house new R&D facilities that will focus on the design of new products. The cluster is expected to contribute to the rise of profitability of the entire Belarussian technical textile industry.

Belarus aims to be a technical textile production hub in Europe. It hopes to increase exports of finished products to the EU and in particular to Germany, where the demand for nonwovens and technical textiles has significantly increased in recent years. In addition to the EU, part of the production of the new cluster will be exported to North American region.