Sweet perfume Now that production has resumed after the withdrawal of the Russian army, the floor of the toy maker’s factory where Robert Miraev works is covered with wood chips. Thanks to the donation, the factory outside Kieu is remaking wooden toys after a three-month hiatus that began when the battle with the Moscow army left the factory damaged.
“When the electricity came back and the sound of the machine came back, we were crazy about joy,” says Chief Engineer Miraev. Like the rest of the village of Gorenka, the Ugears factory is still injured by the Russian invasion. The windows at the factory are still being replaced. After the withdrawal of Russian troops on May 18, employees wore overalls again, and production of laser-cut models from birch, alder and poplar has been running at full speed ever since.
“Before the war, we bought timber from Belarus, but now we buy it primarily from Ukraine,” said CEO Oleksiy Lysianyi, referring to his country’s northern neighbors, who host Russian troops. .. Nearly 5 million jobs have been lost in Ukraine since Russia attacked on February 24, according to the International Labor Organization. However, Lysianyi succeeded in retaining all his staff. The Ugears factory has launched a fundraising campaign that has raised around € 800,000 ($ 860,000) to help other Ukrainians affected by the war.
Employees were not injured when the fighting was intensifying around the factory and the Russian troops were still trying to move towards Kieu. A storage unit elsewhere occupied by Russian troops was lost. Currently, each online purchase on the company’s website includes a € 5 donation to the war effort. Customers from 85 countries on 5 continents have already made donations.
Toys for adults
“People are surprised because we usually buy from China when we say we deliver to China,” says Lysianyi. The Ukrainian flag is everywhere-the roof of the factory is plastered on its walls. Iryna Denysyuk, 33-year-old manager of the packaging line, says she is “very proud” to continue her work during the war. Hundreds of games and puzzle models made in Gorenka are not for kids. These toys are for adults over 14 years old.
“Still I test them with my kids. This helps me get time to spend with my family in an era when many young people are crazy about mobile phones,” Lyssiany said of the construction work. Talk to the sound. Before the war, more than 100,000 units were rolled off the production line every month. “It takes 10 minutes to make the simplest, but at least 12 hours to make a 450 piece train,” Lysianyi told AFP.
They are designed to be assembled without glue and the packaging reflects the complex computer design of the puzzle. Nothing is wasted, as the wartime economy mandates. The wood left over from the laser-cut plates is passed to companies that use them as fuel. The quality of the cutout is carefully checked. Miraev says he’s thinking of a new design to distract him from his addiction in his country. -AFP