The start of production at Kaliningrad automotive cluster has been postponed again – to 2019

The start of production at Kaliningrad automotive cluster has been postponed again – to 2019

Vedomosti – Car production may commence at Kaliningrad cluster Avtotor in 2019. The relevant statement has been made by a member of the company board of directors: Valery Gorbunov on Wednesday: “We should already have commenced operations, at the first plant of the auto-cluster this year. The start of production has been postponed to 2019 at least, due to economic and political conditions and the sanctions.” According to Gorbunov, the project for the first factory of the cluster is ready and the infrastructure works have already begun.

There’s no information as to which car manufacturers will participate in the Avtotor project yet. BMW, for whom the plant currently manufactures automobiles, had been named as one of the potential partners in the Avtotor project previously. The representative of BMW in Russia has not answered the questions. A representative from the main client of Avtotor -the Korean manufacturer KIA- has told that the company will keep on cooperating with Avtotor on current terms. The representative of Hyundai, another company making production in Kaliningrad, has not made any comments.