RZD Holding and State Corporation Rostek to develop domestic carriage and wagon construction
The RZD Holding and State Corporation Rostek will create a permanent working group
to develop solutions aimed at the strategic development of Russian train carriage
and wagon construction.
A corresponding agreement was reached during a working meeting between the Managing
Director of Rostekh State Corporation Sergei Chemezov and the President of Russian
Railways Oleg Belozerov.
The working group will supervise priority issues concerning the implementation
of a long-term contract for the supply of innovative carriages and wagons to the RZD
holding company until 2019.
Rostekh and OJSC Russian Railways also plan to implement jointly a full development
cycle of prospective freight wagon models, from the development of technical specifications
to the creation of prototypes and the launch of production.
"To a large extent, the efficiency of the entire railway network depends on the
efficiency of each freight wagon. We must provide shippers with a quality and competitive
service, while innovative rolling stock is subject to increasing requirements in terms
of operational reliability and cost reduction. It is important to cooperate directly
with the manufacturer in order to ensure the joint development of innovative wagons
and their testing and service organisation," said the President of OJSC Russian Railways
"After the transfer of Uralvagonzavod to Rostekh," said the Managing Director of
Rostekh Sergei Chemezov, "our first priority was the financial recovery of the asset
and the repayment of urgent liabilities to partners. Together with Russian Railways,
we came to a common understanding on both current and prospective issues of cooperation.
We now face common tasks of modernising the basic infrastructure, developing high-tech
civil production and creating the conditions for the country's social and economic
development. Rostekh and RZD's strategic partnership will not only allow us to perform
the stated development priorities set down in our policies, but also to provide the
industry with innovative products and satisfy the requirements of Industry 4.0."
Other areas of cooperation will be the creation of a network of service centres
for the repair of innovative open freight wagons, cooperation in the logistics segment
and the development of the export potential of domestic rolling stock.
Reaching and immediately implementing these agreements will allow Rostegh and RZD
to take a strategic approach to the development of domestic carriage and wagon construction
as a high-tech branch of civilian industry.
Joint development will allow the RZD Holding to continue the modernisation of its
rolling stock and improve the Company's operational and financial performance.
For Rostekh, the strategic partnership will be aimed both at providing conversion
processes in the framework of Uralvagonzavod's activities, and at developing non-resource