The Belarusian Economy Ministry is to present a draft legal act to enable conditions for the effective operation of glass factories.

Measures to improve the operation of Belarusian glass container manufacturers was one of the agenda items at a recent meeting, as the Prime Minister, Mikhail Myasnikovich, believes the industry lacks proper organisation.

At present there are five businesses that specialise in making glass containers in Belarus, including Glass Factory Elizovo, which has been partly founded by the state and the Austrian company ATEC Holding GmbH (65%), the state-run enterprise OAO Grodno Glassworks, and the private enterprise Belstekloprom.

This year, reportedly all the enterprises have been operating at a loss, with losses getting higher every month. The losses totalled Br102.7 billion (approx. US$11m) in January-August 2013.

The efforts to modernise and reconstruct the glass container manufacturing facilities were aimed in particular at providing Belarusian alcohol manufacturers and the processing industry with quality batch-produced glass containers.

The export of glass containers has dropped this year, with the decline attributed to the low competitive ability of Belarus-made glass containers, primarily due to the high cost of energy resources and raw materials.

The consumption of Belarus-made glass containers is also influenced by the fact that in addition to buying new glass containers Belarusian alcohol producers also import reusable containers.

The Ministry of Housing and Utilities has worked on the problem of improving the collection and processing of glass cullet together with the Trade Ministry. The matter will be taken over by the Economy Ministry for the sake of fully satisfying the needs of Belarusian glass factories.