Professor Vidadi Muradov: "President Ilham Aliyev Established a Unique Wool Spinning and Dye Factory in the World"
The preservation and development of our old art – carpet weaving, and the provision of mass carpet production is one of the most important historical services of Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the President of Azerbaijan, to our people. By carrying out such developmental events, the Head of the country has demonstrated to the whole world that he took the ownership of our national values and created a perfect state model combing modernity with national traditions. Carpet weaving has a unique place in the new concept of development based on historical traditions. Important measures have been taken to provide raw materials for carpet manufacturing workshops that have started operating in recent years.
This was announced by Vidadi Muradov, Chairman of the Board of the Azerkhalcha Open Joint-Stock Company, in his opening statement to the mass media.
The Chairman of the Board said that President Ilham Aliyev's work in this field is a continuation of the work initiated by our great leader Heydar Aliyev. With the care of our national leader, carpet workshops were opened in various parts of the country in the 70-80s of the 20th century, and the largest wool processing plant in the USSR was launched in Yevlakh district in 1978. This had a great impact on the development of agriculture along with carpet weaving at that time. Unfortunately, in the early 1990s, the economy was paralyzed as a result of the incompetence and ineffective work of the AXC-Musavat administration in our country. The carpet industry, an important part of Azerbaijan's economy, was also destroyed, and the wool processing plant in Yevlakh ended its operation. Today, President Ilham Aliyev rebuilds areas once built by our great leader, but destroyed by the destructive people in power in the first years of independence. While Heydar Aliyev, a prominent statesman, built the largest wool processing facility in the country in the USSR, President Ilham Aliyev also created the largest Wool Spinning-Dye Factory in Azerbaijan, which has no equivalents in the world.
Vidadi Muradov recalled President Ilham Aliyev's speech at the Republic Conference of Non-Oil Exporters held in April 2017 in Yevlakh: "The head of state, referring to the problem of wool supply said at the meeting: ‘Wool supply has not received much attention in previous years. As far as I know, we have just one quality supply station. The supply of wool should be organized in all our districts. It is high time to set up a large wool factory in Azerbaijan. Careful attention should also be given to this area. It will provide additional income to farmers and currency will flow into the country.’"
The Chairman of the Board said that in accordance with the instructions of the Head of the State, Azerkhalcha Open Joint Stock Company has taken appropriate measures in this direction. The construction of the Wool Spinning-Dye Factory, the foundation of which was laid on December 15, 2017, at the Sumgayit Chemical Industrial Park with the participation of the President, has already been completed. Currently, the plant is being equipped with gear from Turkey, Germany, France, Italy and New Zealand. It is planned to put the factory in operation in March 2020. This factory will produce pure wool, and wool yarn dyed with natural and chemical dyes. With the launch of the factory, the demand of the republic’s carpet weaving businesses for wool yarn will be met and the dependence on imports will be eliminated. The plant will process 1500 tons of wool annually. The yarn production capacity of the factory is 250 tons a year in single-shift operation. The yarn produced at the factory will not only meet the domestic demands, but also create export opportunities. Pure wool produced here will be sold as raw material. Researches have been conducted in this direction, and the countries where there is a need for such raw materials are identified.
Regional Wool and Dye Plant Supply Stations have been established in Nakhchivan, Gobustan, Shabran, Barda and Sabirabad districts to provide raw materials for the Wool Spinning-Dye Factory. President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the opening ceremony of the regional center in Gobustan. Each of these stations will receive 1500 tons of wool per year. When choosing the location of the supply centers, it was considered that they cover all regions of the country. We continue to supply wool at regional locations, which began operating in May this year. So far, more than 200 tons of wool have been supplied. In 2020, dye plants will also be collected in the regional offices. For this purpose, awareness-raising and experimental collection of dye plants have already begun in the districts of our republic.
As a result of this, in the second quarter of 2020, our carpet manufacturing factories will weave carpets using local raw materials. This will lower the cost of the carpet and have a positive impact on the intensity of our carpet sale.
Vidadi Muradov said that the establishment of the Wool Spinning-Dye Factory and its supply stations in Azerbaijan will also contribute to the development of cattle breeding. Sheep-breeding farms and farmers had no sales address so far. Today, Azerkhalcha has its own supply centers, and farmers can easily hand in sheep wool through these suppliers. Wool supplies are organized in locally so that villagers and farmers do not travel to the supply centers using additional expenses. This is another manifestation of our state's care for people. Apparently, there is a complex approach to this field. With the care of the head of our state, a new and large industrial sector - carpet industry - is being established in Azerbaijan. The creation of this industry serves important strategic purposes. The work done in the field of carpet weaving is important in terms of the development of our economy, the creation of new jobs, the expansion of our export potential, as well as the transfer of the Azerbaijani national carpet to future generations. The historical services of President Ilham Aliyev in this area will always be gratefully remembered by present and future generations.