Rolled metal processing plant has started in Alabuga SEZ

Rolled metal processing plant has started in Alabuga SEZ

RusAutoNews.Com – Rolled metal processing plant has started in Alabuga SEZ. As reported by the Ford Sollers press office, the company will optimise its supply chain thanks to a new metal service centre, established at Alabuga Special Economic Zone with Coskunoz Alabuga and Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works. MMK-Coskunoz-Alabuga is the only enterprise of its kind in the region.

A new metal service centre, installed with new equipment for cutting rolled metal sheet has opened at Alabuga SEZ in Tatarstan, on 8600 m2 area. The metal centre will provide workpieces for the production of body parts for one of the biggest partners of Ford Sollers in the region – the stamping company: Coskunoz Alabuga. The establishment of the new Specialised Metal Centre (SMC) in the immediate vicinity of Ford Sollers plant will help the optimisation of supply chain and reduce the risk of damage in metal sheets and workpieces during transportation. All production at the SMC will comply with both international standards and the global quality standards of Ford.

The annual production capacity of MMK-Coskunoz-Alabuga is planned as 60,000 tonnes of rolled metal sheet, a major part of which will be supplied for stamping of the body parts of Ford Explorer, Ford Kuga, Ford Transit, Ford EcoSport and Ford Fiesta. 

All production will comply with TS-16949-2002 and OHSAS 14001 international standards. The quality control system is built into the production processes and is based on the measurements of parts at different stages of production.

The metalware will be delivered to the stamping shop, located only 24 meters away from the SMC, covered with a roof to avoid risks associated with long storage time and the transportation of the cut metal.

The construction of the MMK-Coskunoz-Alabuga building was completed in December 2016, following an investment of over 1 million rubles in the project. Upon the launch of serial production in the highly automated enterprise, the number of staff will reach 72 people.

The plant manufacturing stamped body parts  for the automobiles of Coskunoz Alabuga, which is the main customer of the metal sheets produced in the SMC, is located only 300m away from Ford Sollers factory in Alabuga. Coskunoz-Alabuga manufactures stamped parts such as; hoods, side panels and roofs for Ford cars, the full-cycle production of which is made in Ford Sollers facilities in Tatarstan.

Ford Sollers currently has two car plants in Tatarstan, where 5 models are produced for Russian and CIS markets, in compliance with the global quality standards of Ford. The flagship 7-seater SUV Ford Explorer, the medium-size crossover Ford Kuga and Ford Transit commercial vehicles are being manufactured in Alabuga. Compact urban vehicles Ford Fiesta and Ford EcoSport crossovers are produced at the factory in Naberezhnye Chelny.