Avtotor has reached a localisation rate of 18-25%

Avtotor has reached a localisation rate of 18-25%

Autostat – The current average localisation rate of the Kaliningrad Avtotor plant is 18-25% for all brands, depending on models and modifications. On some models, the rate reaches 30%. The relevant statement has been made to Autostat by the press office of the company, adding that in cooperation with its partners, Avtotor has nominated the local suppliers for a number of components and currently operations continue on the realisation of the projects.

As one may remember, Avtotor has started its programme on the localisation of production in May 2002, with the establishment of welding and painting lines for KIA Sportage production (in CKD mode). A number of car models are manufactured using components produced directly in Kaliningrad. For example, some passenger cars manufactured in Avtotor are equipped with car seats made by a local company and Grunwald bodies, manufactured in Kaliningrad, are used in the production of TATA Daewoo heavy-duty trucks. Russian-made universal and special superstructures equip Hyundai HD commercial vehicles. Within the frame of the localisation of component production programme, test installments of batteries, tyres and alloy wheels manufactured in Russia have started on the aforementioned models, in 2015.

In future, there are plans to use components manufactured within the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union, alongside Russian production. In terms of the implementation of the programme on the creation of new capacities and enhancing the localisation of production, the company plans to carry on with the transition programme, using a more advanced technology in car production and above all opting out of SKD assembly in 2018.