Dec 03, 2010

Corporation “Uralvagonzavod” Becomes International

Corporation “Uralvagonzavod” has expanded its production thanks to legendary French enterprise “Sambre et Meuse” founded in 1911. The SM brand is well-known in many countries of the world.

The enterprise manufactures cast bogies (for companies Bombardier, Alstom incl.), side frames, supports for TGV springs, bolsters for undergrounds of Singapore, London, Madrid, etc. The Paris street cars are also equipped with the SM bogies. The wide range of bogies manufactured makes it possible to have many product options. The factory offers various technical solutions and the respective model adaptation on the base of four main groups of bogies.

The major powers of company “Sambre et Meuse” are own advanced technologies and know-how in manufacture of railway car components.

On December 1, the first bolster to be supplied to the parent enterprise “Uralvagonzavod’ was cast in the presence of Oleg Sienko, CEOl of Corporation “Uralvagonzavod”. Under modern conditions of non-availability of castings, this will facilitate in increase of the manufacture of the final product improving its quality.

Besides, Oleg Sienko met the factory management and employees, saying that their products are well-known not only in Europe, but in the world also. Their quality meets the advanced standards. I am sure, said Mr. Sienko, that with the arrival of “Uralvagonzavod” a new development step will take place for company “Sambre et Meuse”, new opportunities will be afforded for the employees, productive efficiency will be increased.

In 2009, the most advanced “Savelli” casting line was mounted at “Sambre et Meuse”. In turn, before 2012 “Uralvagonzavod” plans to invest up to €6 bln. in its French site. Mainly, it will be a equipment to mount cores in molds to form inner casting spaces, shotblast equipment, and computerized cutting equipment.

“Sambre et Meuse” will become the outpost of Corporation “Uralvagonzavod” in the western market to promote its products (e.g. wheel axles) to meet the demands of the European railway car builders.

The Corporation considers purchase of company “Sambre et Meuse” as implementation of Putin’s thesis on establishment of the common economic space from Lisbon to Vladivostok and preservation of high-tech production cycles in the European continent.