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New Plant in Russia
Russia has long been a country where rail is no longer the dominant mode of transporting goods. On the roads of the world's largest country, the number of truck journeys is increasing all the time. As freight volumes continue to rise, so does the trend towards road transport. It will - in the unanimous opinion of experts - increase even more so in the future. This development is also reflected in the growing demand for Schmitz Cargobull bodies and trailers in Eastern Europe. Group sales in Russia expanded significantly in the 2011/2012 business year. Approximately 5,000 units were sold in this period alone on the Russian market. The sophisticated technology and high quality of Schmitz Cargobull's products means they are in great demand with the Russian transport industry, which is renowned for its very high standards - with more than 1,000 companies throughout Russia already putting their faith in Schmitz Cargobull. It is therefore all the more important for the European market leader to show its customers its commitment to Russia, by starting local production.
By June this year, Schmitz Cargobull will have completed the construction of an all-purpose factory. The factory is conveniently located in the southwest of St. Petersburg, in the immediate vicinity of Highway M11 and the route leading to the orbital motorway. Production is planned to start in November 2013 with approximately 60 employees initially. Capacity planning for the 2013/2014 period provides for a total sales volume of approximately 900 vehicles (S.CS curtainsider semitrailers, S.KI tipper semitrailers, M.KO rigid trucks with box bodies, Z.KO centre-axle box body vehicles and M.KI rigid trucks with tipper bodies), which it is intended to increase substantially, to more than 5,000, by 2017/2018.
The advantages of the multi-product factory are obvious; the proximity to the market and the short communication channels allow more efficient and faster responses to the demands of the Russian transport sector. This ensures optimum solutions for customers at all times - especially in the case of special requirements - as well as shorter implementation times. Furthermore, the company expects to achieve consistently high product quality, as final assembly is carried out at its own factory. From the design to the delivery of the body or trailer to the customer, everything comes from a single source - meeting the tried and tested Schmitz Cargobull quality standard. Here it is an advantage that the company has already built up its skills on site and has the appropriate know-how and personnel from the current production facilities to rely on.
Andreas Schmitz, Director of Sales for Central and Eastern Europe at Schmitz Cargobull, is fully convinced of his company's commitment in Russia. He said: "We are delighted to be able to support economic growth and structural change in Russia with our entrepreneurial initiative, as well as creating new jobs and generating long-term value creation in the country. And we are sure that with the new production site in St. Petersburg, we will be creating a solid foundation for the sustainable success of our company on the Russian market."
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