Belarusian-British carmarker talks on production plans in Russia (Exclusive)
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 12
By Fikret Dolukhanov – Trend:
The Belarusian-British automaker Unison is considering various options for launching its own production in Russia, the JV Unison CJSC told Trend on June 12.
A representative of the company said that options are considered for setting up production in such Russian cities as Kaluga and Ryazan.
“A cooperation agreement was signed with the governor of the Ryazan region of Russia back in February. Now we are actively working on implementation of the project,” the company said.
The company representative declined to comment on the negotiations regarding a Special Investment Contract on vehicle assembly at the General Motors (GM) platform in St. Petersburg, referring to the existing confidentiality agreement.
At the same time, the representative of the company noted that in case if the contract is successfully signed, cars produced in Russia will be sold both on the domestic and foreign markets.
The company added that cars of the JV Unison CJSC are currently being sold on the territory of the Customs Union (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia).
The Committee for Industrial Policy and Innovations of Russia’s St. Petersburg earlier told Trend that they have no information about the plans of Uzbek car producer Uzavtosanoat to sign a Special Investment Contract on vehicle assembly at the General Motors (GM) platform in St. Petersburg.
“Uzbekistan has a great deal of interest towards the GM facility. But we have some other offers on this factory as well. German BMW and Belarus Unison are also interested,” the governor of St. Petersburg said earlier.
The Belarusian-British JV Unison CJSC announced back in March 2018 that they will invest to electrical cars production in Ryazan region of Russia.
Unison CJSC is Belarusian-British automotive enterprise with production facilities located 10 kilometers from Minsk. The company assembles cars and special commercial vehicles. The joint venture began operating in late 90’s by assembly of Ford Transit and Escort. Currently the company manufactures tens of vehicle models, including such premium class cars as Cadillac Escalade.
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