“We face many challenges, both related to the sale of our products and with the purchase of raw materials, we had to refocus very quickly, and we are still looking for buyers and creating our new history with direct sales as well as suppliers of raw materials. Restoration of supply is not something that can be addressed in one day hence there will be many more challenges ahead,” she told the LRT Radio on Monday.
Kestas Slama, head of the company's trade union, said that the company was very important for the district of Kedainiai and added that he hoped that all employees, including those furloughed, would be able to get back to work eventually.
“We hope this process will be sustainable and long-term, that operations will not be suspended after several months of work. It is a very important event for Kedainiai, we understand perfectly well that this district is dependent on this company,” Slama said.
On August 7, the company supervised by an interim administrator launched its sulphuric acid production unit and would resume the production of diammonium phosphate fertilizers on Monday.
The company is expected to operate at 60–70 percent capacity with 80 percent of its usual workforce by the end of August, with the remaining workers expected to join in at a later stage.
Andrey Melnichenko, a Russian oligarch with close ties with the Kremlin, was sanctioned by the EU on March 9, and subsequently, Lifosa's accounts were frozen and the company suspended operation on April 10.
On May 24, an interim administrator started work at Lifosa, charged with the task of ensuring the company’s operations without breaching international sanctions.
According to data from the social insurance fund Sodra, the company currently has 947 employees, down from 1,030 prior to the introduction of sanctions.