On December 21, the first phase of the Volgabus-Vladimir Research and Production Complex has been launched in the Village of Khryastovo, Sobinka District, Vladimir Region, with a design capacity of up to 1,000 buses per year. This is the first bus production plant that has been built in Russia over the past 30 years.
“The construction of the first phase took only 3 years; the total investment at the first stage amounted to 3.5 billion rubles,” reported Aleksey Bakulin, the General Director of Bakulin Motors Group, LLC (under the Volgabus brand).
The complex for production of large-class gas-engine buses and electric buses of the future in the Vladimir Region is designed for a capacity of about 5 thous. units of products per year and involves the creation of over 600 new jobs. The total investment is more than 6 billion rubles.
The Company’s press service noted that the plant is fully equipped with robotic complexes for welding bus bodies, laser cutting, and metal working.
“Soon, we will launch the Russian first robotic painting line and an automated warehouse complex. High-performance machines will reduce the cost of production, minimize the energy consumption, allowing us to achieve labor productivity indicators at the level of the world’s leading automakers”, as reported by Bakulin Motors Group.
The cooperation has already involved 30 manufacturers of components. Training the personnel for the industrial complex will be vested in the Vladimir State University (VlSU), with which the Company has entered into a cooperation agreement.
REFERENCEThe project of “Construction a Research and Production Complex of Autobus Chassis and Components in the Vladimir Region” has been supported by the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) at the end of 2015. The ASI provided assistance to Bakulin Motors Group in studying the financial model and the investment memorandum, as well as in raising funds. The project was assisted in interaction with development institutes: the Russian Export Center (REC) provided funding for export projects by RosEximBank and an insurance by EXAR. A business mission was sent to the UAE, where the Company signed a number of export agreements with the countries of Africa and the Middle East.