Ural Vagon Zavod Corporation supplies 1,500 vehicles to Armed Forces every year

17 February 2016 (09:27)

UrBC, Yekaterinburg, February 17, 2016. Ural Vagon Zavod Corporation supplies 1,500 new, upgraded, and repaired vehicles to the Russian Armed Forces and exports hundreds of armored vehicles every year, the company press service says.

The tank-making departments at the corporation’s head plant in Nizhniy Tagil are busy fulfilling the defense procurement requirements and mutli-billion-ruble foreign orders. Ural Vagon Zavod did not lay off any staff last year and is not planning on doing so in 2016. The corporation comprises forty plants and research institutes all over the country, and all of its member enterprises make component parts for tanks, fire units, armored vehicles, artillery units, and so on,’ the press service says.

Ural Vagon Zavod currently makes some 60% of vehicles used by the Russian Army, so the shortage of highly skilled cadre is keenly felt. This is why promising job candidates are offered good pay, company housing, kindergartens and hospitals.

‘Civilian goods production (railcars) is the corporation’s secondary business that depends on the market demand. Nevertheless, our railcar output figures were record-setting in 2010-2012, when 25,000 to 28,000 railcars and tank platforms were made every year. The market has been stagnating since 2012, and yet not a single worker has been made redundant. With no orders on hand, some of the workers went on paid leaves, keeping 66% of their average monthly pay, and 25% of managerial positions (including two Deputy Directors-General) were eliminated at the head office,’ the press service says.

The company found the first large foreign (Azerbaijani) customer for its railcars at the end of last year, which meant workers from the railcar departments could go back to work. There are also plans to supply railcars to Iran, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan. Besides, a ban was imposed on the use of old, worn-out carriages in Russia on January 1, 2016, so a revival of the railcar market is to be expected as soon as in the second half of the year.

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