The Belkelme Belarusian/Spanish footwear joint venture in Belozersk in Belarus produced 325,000 pairs of sports and men’s footwear in 2001, an increase of 28% compared with the previous year, according to the Belta news agency. Exports to Spain totalled 50,000 pairs, with Russia being the other main export market.

Belkelme sold 182,100 pairs in Belarus last year. The company’s director general, Tatiana Babich, was reported as saying that Belkelme are to expand their product range to include men’s summer shoes, as well as ski and football boots.