22.09.2014 / Nissan may delay the opening of stamping production

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Nissan may delay the commissioning of a new plant for the body parts stamping at the plant in Saint Petersburg for about a quarter – it will be opened in spring of 2015. Earlier the company plans to launch this workshop in early 2015. The reason for the possible delay is the press breaking-down when mounting the line of external body parts stamping in March 2014.

The plant Nissan in Saint Petersburg produces models Teana, X-Trail, Murano and Pathfinder. The plant capacity is 50000 cars a year. To double its capacity, the company invested 167 million Euros, a part of the money was spent on the construction of two workshops: stamping and production of plastic parts.

19.09.2014 / Mazda will open the engine plant in SEZ in the Far East

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A special economic zone of industrial-production type will be created at the plant Sollers in Vladivostok. The corresponding agreement was signed by the Governor of the Primorie territory and the Ministry of Economic Development.

The infrastructure of a special economic zone will cost the budget over 5.6 billion rubles, at that a large part of 5.3 billion rubles will be allocated from the Federal Treasury. Another 300 million rubles will come from the region budget. In addition, it is planned to attract more than 12 billion rubles of private investment.

Key projects will be the increase in capacities of the plant Mazda and SsangYong to 100 thousand cars per year and a specialized terminal to 250 thousand containers per year, as well as placement of the automotive components production in a special economic zone. The company Sollers plans to organize the production of automobile engines Mazda, which will be delivered in Japan and China. It will be a full cycle plant with the production volume of over 50 thousand engines per year. The project will be launched next year.

12.09.2014 / Antidumping investigation in respect of truck tires produced in China was launched

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Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) launched antidumping investigation in respect of import of Chinese tires for trucks, buses, trolley buses and trailers. The reason for this was the appeal of the Belarusian Belshina, three companies of the holding Tatneft such as Nizhnekamskshina, Nizhnekamsk Plant of Truck Tires, Nizhnekamsk All Steel Tires Plant, and two plants of the holding Cordiant - Omskshina and Yaroslavl Tire Plant.

According to EEC, in 2011-2013 import of truck tires in countries of the Customs Union (CU) increased by 29.8% in quantitative terms, directly from China - by 36.3%, and the share of truck tires produced in the Customs Union countries decreased by 11.1%.

In order to compete with the Chinese import of tires, plants from CU countries had to reduce selling prices. With the increase in the production cost this led to the fall of profitability and earnings to negative values.

09.09.2014 / GMD will open a plant of automotive components in the Moscow region

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The French company GMD begins the construction of a plant producing components for cars in Klin. The plant GMD Plastic systems will be located at the industrial site Grosfillex and will be launched in October 2015. It is expected that its annual turnover will reach 15 million Euros. The order portfolio has been already formed - the plant will manufacture plastic components for the production Nissan in Izhevsk, Renault in Moscow and AVTOVAZ in Togliatti.

GMD Group, founded in 1986, specializes in foundry of engine blocks and gear boxes, as well as manufactures interior parts, gaskets and brackets. The main clients of GMD are such brands as Ford, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Renault-Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.