Cutting of the ribbon. From left to right: Dietmar Heinrich, CEO Schaeffler Region Europe; Mikhail Volkov, General Director of Schaeffler Manufacturing RU; Sergej Morozov, governor of the Ulyanovsk region; Marina Bespalova, city's mayor Ulyanovsk; Norbert Indlekofer, CEO Schaeffler Automotive; Prof. Dr. Rainer Lindner, Executive Director, Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations. Photo © 2014 Schaeffler AG
The global technology company Schaeffler inaugurated its first manufacturing facility in Russia. The city's mayor Marina Bespalova was in attendance at the opening ceremony together with representatives of Ulyanovsk's regional administration and members of the Schaeffler Executive Board.
Mikhail Volkov, General Director of Schaeffler Manufacturing RU, was presented with a symbolic key to the new production plant during the ceremony. Following the cutting of the ribbon, the guests celebrated the official plant startup and the beginning of production.
This was followed by a tour of the plant, during which the guests were able to get a first-hand look at Schaeffler's production. Production at the new plant is based on the Schaeffler Group's high worldwide occupational safety and environmental protection standards. The plant is currently producing clutches and manual transmission components on two production lines, and the production of tapered roller bearings for use in the "Sapsan" and "Lastotschka" electric trains is set to begin at the end of 2014.
Sergey Morozov, governor of the Ulyanovsk region, had this to say: "A new manufacturing facility is not only a new industrial complex, it also creates new jobs, which is especially important for our region." The manufacturing facility currently has over 100 employees with a total of around 300 jobs planned. Schaeffler also places immense value on the training and specialist expertise of its employees: Many have already attended training courses at Schaeffler plants in Germany, France, Hungary, Slovakia, and Great Britain.
Dietmar Heinrich, CEO Europe at Schaeffler, had this to say: "The opening of the new plant in Ulyanovsk will strengthen our company's position on the Russian market. Local production allows us to get closer to our customers and to consumers in Russia, and thus to respond as fast as possible to the demands of the market."
Source: Schaeffler AG