Ulyanovsk Region to Get Competence Center for Industry Development
An extended meeting of the Ministry of Economic Development and Industry of the region was held on 25 February. The event was attended by Governor Sergey Morozov and Vladimir Kononov, a deputy of the State Duma, a member of the United Russia Party and a member of the State Duma Committee on Education and Science.
“The industrial potential of the region was mentioned by the Federal Ministry of Industry and Trade at a meeting with Minister Denis Manturov. The region is seen as one of the most important industrial centers of our country. It is very important to outline the tasks now and to keep the region's industrial potential. The positive dynamics of industrial production should stay at no less than 103%. We must support enterprises to maintain the number of their employees. A Competencies Center for Industry Development will be created to provide practical assistance to enterprises so that they could promote their products and upgrade production facilities, which will create industrial chains and help in searching for new investment areas,” - said Sergey Morozov.
During the meeting, the Governor instructed to create a Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which will introduce entrepreneurs and industrialists to advanced solutions in the technological sphere. In addition, it will develop new approaches to the regulatory control of manufacturing and innovative industries, and work with the best Russian and international experts.
The Club of Young Industrialists is another project monitored by the Ministry. Its activities will increase the number of successful high-tech industrial companies, as well as establish cooperation with the key development institutions to promote the most promising industrial startups.
Dmitry Vavilin, Head of the regional Ministry of Economic Development and Industry, noted that the processing sector had the largest share in the region's industry by the end of 2020 - more than 84%. In 2020, the industrial production index of this industry amounted to 97.9%.
“Despite the difficult economic conditions connected with the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, Ulyanovsk enterprises were able to enter new markets. Simaz has released a new model of a comfortable suburban bus that has no analogues at the Russian market. CTC Metallokonstruktsiya JSC made the first domestic self-propelled hydraulic pile driver machine. Such equipment had never been manufactured in Russia and the CIS countries before. So far, the first five machines have already been sent to customers in Uzbekistan, the Moscow region and Tyumen. The company is planning to produce ten pile driver machines per month in 2021,” - Dmitry Vavilin emphasized.
The Minister also talked about Boston, an Ulyanovsk light industry enterprise which promptly started making individual protection equipment for medical employees. It produced about 300 thousand sets. In 2020, Ulyanovsk Avtodom plant together with Ford Sollers Elabuga and Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant completed a task set by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and provided Russian regions with C-class ambulances: 653 vehicles with Ford Transit chassis and 132 cars with UAZ Profi received all necessary medical equipment.
The regional government has adopted and continues implementing anti-crisis measures. They include deferrals for taxes and social contributions, rental of property, loan repayments. A moratorium was put on inspections, licenses and permits were extended, and preferential loans for small and medium-sized businesses and systemic companies were introduced. More than 2,300 small and medium-sized enterprises affected by the coronavirus pandemic received support (429.5 million rubles in total) from the Ulyanovsk region's budget.
In 2021, other priority activities controlled by the Ministry will include economic recovery, as well as development of public-private partnership and measures to restore and promote sectors affected by the pandemic. These activities are part of the three-year plan for economic revitalization in the Ulyanovsk region, which involves long-term structural changes for the next three years.