[pic id = 92820 name = imagearticle type = small] In the Committee for Economic Development, Industrial Policy and Trade (KERPPT) of the administration of St. Petersburg, a working group was created to form a cluster of manufacturers of components for the needs of Russian Detroit. In addition, the Association of Automotive Component Manufacturers, which was headed by the Director General of Aerospace Equipment Corporation Sergey Bodrunov, began its activities. In the production of high-quality automotive components and parts, we are so far behind the world's leading suppliers that only Russian high-tech space can help us.

The arrival in St. Petersburg of Toyota, Nissan and GM, as well as, possibly, Suzuki made the localization of production an urgent problem (delivery of imported auto parts to local factories).

In accordance with investment agreements, the share of localization should reach 30 percent in each of the mentioned plants in five years.

An example of the Vsevolzhsky Ford plant, the owners of which refuse to cooperate with local enterprises, referring to the low quality of spare parts produced in Russia, shows that it will not be easy to enter a foreign monastery, that is, a conveyor, with its own car candle.

At the largest in Russia specialized component exhibition Autoinvest-2007, top managers of foreign companies once again made it clear to the Russians that they were not counting on them so far. Theo Streit, CEO of Ford Motor Company, for example, stated that "the quality of Russian components remains below international standards."

Warren Brown, managing director of the General Motors CIS group, was more diplomatic in his letter: "Russia has an internal base for the production of components, but so far their quality is suffering."

The compatriots naturally disagree. 150 companies produce auto components in St. Petersburg, and their leaders insist that it is easier to make a competitive part than to get into suppliers with capitalists. -

Our participation in localization does not depend on product quality, but on whether the car manufacturer wants or does not want us to participate in this localization, ”said Konstantin Kotenev, director of CJSC Plaza.

According to Russian partners, the algorithm for communicating with the same Ford, while the only operating automobile plant in the Leningrad Region, is reduced to probing possible cooperative ties. For foreigners, when choosing a partner, it is not his Kulibin developments that are important, but the presence of a QMS certificate (quality management system), ISO-9001 and other international standards.

However, the first deputy chairman of KERPTT Yuri Rakov does not lose optimism: “With all the bias of Ford and other foreign companies represented in St. Petersburg in various industries, I note that our specialists work on conveyors. The staff learns quickly, masters western standards. Including the requirements for automotive components. " It is quite logical that the owners of the conveyors launched in Russia, on which foreign cars are assembled, are interested in delivering proven parts and assemblies from factories of their own, foreign companies. But they are not allowed to pull with the promised localization by the terms of the investment agreement and potential Russian suppliers.