During the cold war, Belarus Tractors, sold in western markets were infamous for their low quality compared to western manufacturers. The Soviets inability to build tractors came to symbolize the failure of Communism in the 1980s and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Often the tractor factories could not obtain quality materials and made-do with inferior components. The quality of rubber seals, gaskets and paint was particularly poor in the early 1990s. The Belarus name suffered much during this time, but with more investment in the late 1990s-2000s (decade) the name has bounced back, and now offer a high quality product that meets European standards.
Some 3 million tractors have been built in the Minsk tractor works since 1948