Japan Association for Trade with Russia and New Independent States (ROTOBO) held training for specialists from Ulyanovsk enterprises

Japanese technologies and legislation in the field of quality improvement of the manufactured goods were presented during the seminar on 21 February. Just before it, the Governor Sergey Morozov met with representatives of the delegation from Japan.


“For us, participation of Ulyanovsk enterprises in the ROTOBO programme is a major achievement. Only 12 organizations were selected across the country, and half of them were from Ulyanovsk. We have been developing close cooperation with Japanese entrepreneurs for a long time and are successfully implementing large-scale project projects. Together with Mr. Hiroshi Takahashi, the head of the delegation, we have discussed the main directions for further cooperation, which have been successfully developing for more than six years. Japanese experience in implementation of technological innovations for production control systems is very important for our regional economy. Another priority sphere is improvement of labor efficiency”, - the Governor Sergey Morozov emphasized.

About 80 specialists from the enterprises like UAZ, Isuzu Rus, UIMDB (Ulyanovsk Instrument Manufacturing Design Bureau), Ulyanovsk Mechanical and Motor plants, Nemak Rus, TAKATA Rus, Haltec, and others, participated in the seminar.

“We prepared this seminar so that representatives from a wide range of the Ulyanovsk region's enterprises could learn about our technologies. We will be very pleased if participants of the seminar acquire new knowledge that, in turn, will allow to increase labor efficiency and the quality of products”, - noted Kotaro Watanabe, the coordinator of the Japan Association for Trade with Russia and New Independent States (ROTOBO).

The Memorandum of Сooperation, which was signed between the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan in late 2016, defined a list of Russian enterprises that will participate in implementation of initiatives "Russian Production Performance Diagnostics" (technical audit) and "Training of Specialists in Allied Industries". , Under the signed agreement, Japanese specialists visited Ulyanovsk enterprises in 2017. These included OOO "UAZ", Dimitrovgrad Spring Plant, Dimitrovgrad Aluminum Castings Plant, OOO "Avtosvet", OOO "Avtopartner" and OOO "Recardo".

It should be noted that some elements of the Japanese production system were implemented at Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant many years ago. Since 2007, the enterprise have been developing the Institute of Continuous Improvement (kaizen) and using the advanced system of management and supply (kanban) and the 5S system.

“Many things offered by the Japanese colleagues have already been implemented at our enterprise successfully. Brigade boards, visualization of storage sites, standardization of processes, a brigade form of labor organization – all these features help to solve even the most difficult production issues. During the meetings, foreign experts shared their new ideas and experience of Japanese concerns, - said Sergey Isaev, the Deputy Director General of OOO "UAZ". – While expanding the model range, we focus on the quality of both products and processes”.