Stadler: ‘Relocation of our plant in Belarus is not planned’

Stadler train. Photo: Belarusian Railways

The Swiss giant Stadler is not going to transfer its enterprise from Belarus at the moment, the company’s representative says.

“Stadler, the Ukrainian government and the railway company Ukrzaliznytsia have signed memorandum of understanding at the beginning of May regarding the further development of the railway in Ukraine. A relocation of the plant in Belarus is not part of it and is not planned. Beyond that, we do not comment on ongoing contract negotiations,” Stadler’s Project Manager Communications and PR Fabian Vettori said when reached by Belsat TV.

About 1,500 people work at the Stadler plant in the Belarusian town of Fanipal (Minsk region). Earlier, Euroradio reported the feasibility of its being closed down on the back of Stadler’s opening a new enterprise in Ukraine. One of the Belarusian companies told the media outlet that they had not received new orders from the Swiss firm for a long time.

In May, the Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger stressed that ‘extended sanctions against Belarus were hanging over Swiss companies operating in the country like the sword of Damocles.’ Then Stadler acknowledged that it would comply with decisions and sanctions imposed by supranational organisations – the OSCE, the EU, the UN.

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