Industrial enterprises of the Ulyanovsk region take part in the Russian-Japanese project to improve production efficiency

We would like to remind, that the documents regarding joint programmes were signed during the visit of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to Japan in December 2016.

 That was also when a Memorandum on cooperation was signed between the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan. The document defined a list of Russian companies that participate in the initiatives "Diagnostics of performance of Russian enterprises" (technical audit) and "Training of staff in the relevant spheres." In 2017 in the framework of the agreement, Japanese experts visited 12 Russian enterprises.

“With the support of Ministry of Industry and Trade and the regional government, Ulyanovsk enterprises take an active part in implementation of a joint Russian-Japanese project to improve production efficiency. I am glad to see that 6 of 12 Russian enterprises that participate in it are plants located in the Ulyanovsk region. This shows the interest of our manufacturers in cooperation with international experts. I am confident that their experience will have a positive impact on production standards and, of course, on the quality of production itself”, – said the Governor Sergey Morozov.

As the first Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Ulyanovsk region Andrey Tyurin noted, OOO "UAZ", Dimitrovgrad Spring Plant, Dimitrovgrad Aluminum Castings Plant, OOO "Avtosvet", OOO "Avtopartner" and OOO "Recardo" have become participants of the project. “During the visits, Japanese experts discuss with the management of the plants how to make production and marketing policies more effective in order to increase production volumes and sales,” - he explained.

According to the Director General of OOO "Avtopartner" Igor Akinshev, pieces of advice given by Japanese colleagues in the field of production optimization are especially important under conditions of severe competition in the world market of automotive industry. “The Japanese side made an unexpected suggestion that we should also cover the field of medicine. Some Japanese companies successfully use automobile cables as components of diagnostic medical equipment. We are discussing with one of Japanese companies the possibility to develop an entirely new branch of high-tech production”, - said the Director General.

After two visits of Japanese auditors to the Avtosvet plant, a plan of action was developed aimed at reduction of production losses. "This list includes 19 stages and will be implemented before the end of the 3rd quarter of 2017. It is planned that production losses will be reduced by 15-20%," - said Irek Safiulin, the Director General of OOO "Avtosvet".

According to the Managing Director of OOO "Recardo" Dmitry Morozov, after the visit of Japanese experts, the company's management got interested in the prospects of technological development and increasing investment in new equipment due to the growing number of orders and new customers.

According to the dedicated experts of the regional Industry Department, the Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant has already started to use elements of the Japanese system of lean production. The first visit of the Japanese delegation to the production site of Ulyanovsk SUVs took place in June 2017. “UAZ pays great attention to the quality of vehicles. The Japanese technology of continuous quality improvement have been implemented at the plant since 2007. Collaborative work has already proved its effectiveness. We have reduced the operating costs and decreased the number of warranty-relevant damages. I am sure that our joint work will be also very productive in the future”, - said Sergey Isaev, the Deputy Director General – the Production Director of OOO "UAZ".

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A Dimitrovgrad plant "Avtopartner" was founded in 1999 and produces control cables and control rods for Russian and cars and trucks. The plant occupies an area of 30 thousand square meters with around 300 employees. The enterprise products are exported to the countries of near and far abroad – Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Turkey, Egypt and Cuba.

OOO "Avtosvet" is a company located in the territory of DAAZ Industrial Park. The plant manufactures and supplies a wide range of lighting equipment for conveyors of both domestic and foreign automakers, as well as to the secondary market. A full cycle import-substituting production of lighting equipment for LADA VESTA and X-Ray vehicles was launched in 2016.

OOO "Recardo" is a manufacturer of automotive components (ignition cable products, mirrors, fuel system and door module components). The company was founded in 1991 in Dimitrovgrad, the Ulyanovsk region. Main customers include PAO "AVTOVAZ", PAO "KAMAZ" and OOO "UAZ". The company also manufactures products for companies in the field of transport infrastructure, energetics and the defense sector.