AZERBAIJAN - Industry
Director, Inter Glass
Fariz Muradov was born in 1967, and graduated from the University of Construction and Civil Engineering and specialized in industrial and civil engineering. Later, he went on to study at the Aviation Academy and focused on the organization of air transportation. He has been Director of Inter Glass since 2004.
As I predicted in my interview last year, 2013 was a good year for our firm. This is evidenced by the increase in the range of products and the expansion of the customer base. Proceeding from the growth in the number of customers and the demand for colored (green) glass, we have launched a project on the installation of a second line (second furnace) at the plant in cooperation with renowned foreign companies. The project is scheduled for completion in the near future. The commissioning of the second line will allow us the opportunity to double our output from 100,000 to 120,000 products at the moment to 200,000 to 240,000 and significantly increase our workforce.
The significant increase in the number of our customers is the result of prudent policies pursued by the company. The high quality of goods we manufacture together with both local and foreign specialists has paved the way for a number of companies to establish partnerships with us. The cutting-edge equipment and state-of-the-art technologies we use in production enable the production of light products. Our top priority is to provide our customers with quality products. Inter Glass currently produces up to 100 types of glassware, and the number of new orders is always on the increase.
The fact that this year has been declared the Year of Industry by the country’s leadership is an indicator of prudent policies and reforms. The conditions created for the manufacturing sector and the numerous industrial forums held in the country have triggered rapid development in the industrial sector. Taking advantage of this situation, our company has initiated the implementation of a new project. We have started to import quartz sand, which is considered one of the key components in the production of glass. This has significantly reduced the cost of production and facilitated the timely delivery of raw materials required for production. I would also like to bring to your attention that the sand available in the fields in Azerbaijan is not fully suitable for glass production. However, we have purchased equipment from a German company to enrich this sand, which will soon enable us to use the local raw material in production.
The commissioning of a number of modern industrial enterprises in the regions in recent years is gratifying. First of all, it means additional jobs for the people and a reduction of the country’s dependence on the oil sector. It is also worth mentioning that at a time when the whole world is exposed to a severe economic recession, Azerbaijan is registering growth in all sectors of the economy, which is evidence of the judicious policies of President Ilham Aliyev.
The election of President Ilham Aliyev for a third term in office is a victory for all Azerbaijani people. As a result of the sensible policies pursued by the President, the wellbeing of our people has significantly improved and Azerbaijan has become an economically powerful state enjoying international respect. Since industry is considered an important component of the national economy, its development will make an even greater contribution to the country’s development. Industry represents a large segment of the economy. It covers the military, defense, mechanical engineering, light and heavy industries, construction, plants and factories, and more. The development of all these sectors is of tremendous importance to the national economy. I am sure that this development and growth will be further reinforced to make Azerbaijan an even stronger state from the economic point of view.
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