The situation in the automobile industry such as Volkswagen, Ford and AVTOVAZ told about the further plans


MOSCOW, November 3. /Interviewer/. Automaker Volkswagen at its plant in Kaluga has no plans to reduce staff or move to shorter working hours. About this korr. reported in a press-service of the company.

“The company has no plans to reduce staff and reduce the working week”, – said the press service.

Comments on other manufacturing plants working in the region, to get so far failed.

Meanwhile, the authorities of the region claim that the critical times for Kaluga automotive cluster has already passed, so in 2016 expect stabilization of the situation in the auto industry field, and since 2017 – expected growth.

“The automotive industry in the Kaluga region dropped last year and this year, but the rest of the industry feel good. Next year will see overall improvement in the situation. Automotive industry we believe that will go to decent growth in 2017, in 2016 the situation will be stable, without critical changes,” commented the journalist. first Deputy Governor of the Kaluga region Alexei Laptev.

Passed stage

Kaluga plant of Volkswagen in this year switched to four-day work week from 30 March, but at the end of August after leaving the corporate holiday plant returned to a five-day schedule. Also this year the Kaluga plant left 600 people (450 employees resigned by agreement of the parties, having balanced compensation packages, with 150 employees had not been renewed employment contract).

But that did not stop the plant at the end of may to start production of a new car Volkswagen Polo Sedan and in early September to open in Kaluga the new production plant for Volkswagen engines.

The plant in Kaluga Volkswagen produces the Volkswagen Polo Sedan, Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Rapid. Production capacity is 225 thousand cars per a year. In Kaluga, Volkswagen Group Rus has been producing cars since November 2007, the plant employs about 5 thousand people.

Also in the Kaluga region are also factories for the production of trucks Volvo and Renault (which was suspended this year for almost 8 months), carmaker pcma Rus, collecting Peugeot, Citron and Mitsubishi (break from work was 4 months).

Ford reduces and stops

Vsevolozhsky plant Ford-Sollers already on 18 November plans to enter a two-month Christmas vacation, after which will be offered staff voluntary redundancies. According to preliminary estimates, the dismissal may affect 180-190 people, said the representative of the primary trade Union organization (PPO) “Ford” Artem Yashenkov.

In turn, the press service of Ford Sollers announced that the traditional new year holidays “will be increased”, but the dates are not called. The company also confirmed that the plant is running a program of voluntary dismissal. But said that it will be valid the week, “therefore, the figures (fired – ed.) will be quite modest”.

The decline in sales of cars in January-August 2015 by a third will lead to unscheduled stops of Ford-Sollers in Naberezhnye Chelny and Yelabuga. “This year we are extending the new year holidays, the plant in Naberezhnye Chelny, as well as the enterprise in Vsevolozhsk will stop in November, the Elabuga plant will go on vacation in December,” said Deputy Vice President for public relations of Ford Sollers Anastasia Kozhevnikova.

JV Ford-Sollers was established in October 2011, Ford Motor Company and Sollers with the equal participation of the parties. The company produces cars Ford Focus and Ford Mondeo in Vsevolozhsk, Ford Fiesta and Ford EcoSport in Naberezhnye Chelny, and also Ford Kuga, Ford Explorer and Ford Transit in Yelabuga. In the third quarter of Ford-Sollers doubled sales new commercial vehicle, Ford Transit, implementing 1 027 477 cars against cars that sold in the 2nd quarter.

Half-term growth and АвтоВАЗf

Manufacturers of domestic cars this year was more fortunate – AVTOVAZ and GM-AVTOVAZ stopped its production in the Samara region since the beginning of the year a total of not more than two months. Most of the outages coincided with public holidays.

In the beginning of 2015 AVTOVAZ from 1 to 12 January was on Christmas vacation, from 12 to 18 January, the plant for the first time in the winter went away for a week into a single corporate holiday, which this year was increased from 3 to 4 weeks. Then AVTOVAZ and GM-AVTOVAZ did not work with 1 on 11 may – the plants left on the “may holidays”. The remaining three weeks of corporate vacation staff was celebrated from 27 July to 16 August.

Despite the overall decline in Russia’s car production in 2015, GM-AVTOVAZ informs about the growing demand for its products and on November 5 switches the plant from a 4-day full working week. Although earlier it was planned that the plant will operate on a shortened work schedule until the end of the year. “In connection with the observed growth of sales of GM-AVTOVAZ from November 5 goes with a 4-day operation on a 5-day, in two shifts of 8 hours”, – informed the head a press – services of the enterprise Irina Shemyakin.

Also this year, despite low purchasing power, AVTOVAZ started serial production of LADA Largus Cross, LADA Vesta in Izhevsk, plans to increase its production of LADA 4×4 Urban. In addition, the group plans next year to launch production of LADA Vesta Cross and talks about the early Assembly of LADA Vesta at the factory in Chechnya.

Earlier it was reported that AVTOVAZ in 2015 plans to increase production by 20% in comparison with the previous year – to almost 619,6 thousand cars. However, amid the deteriorating economic situation in the country, the group said that the production schedule for this year will be adjusted. Meanwhile, according to the President of AVTOVAZ Bo Andersson, the group expects to increase its share on the Russian market at 19%. “We will try our best to keep market share at 19% last year in the first half of this percentage was 16.5%, these six months, our share is 19%,” said Andersson, noting that AVTOVAZ produces a “good cars, good quality”.

In the first half of AVTOVAZ has produced 288 thousand cars, in the prospects of the next six months – about 200 thousand cars.