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AUG 222018

LLC ST Alabuga, the certified Ford Sollers’ partner, will produce up to 4 000 special versions of Ford Transit annually

LLC ST Alabuga, the certified Ford Sollers’ partner, will produce up to 4,000 special versions of Ford Transit annually in the Special Economic Zone «Alabuga» 
  • The manufacturing enterprise ST Alabuga is part of ST Nizhegorodets LLC located close to the Ford Sollers plant at the Special Economic Zone «Alabuga»; 
  • The new enterprise development plan envisages increasing the annual production capacity up to 4,000 units of special transport based on the Fort Transit light commercial vehicles; 
  • The proximity of the two production enterprises enabled to implement a unique quality control system: after vehicle modification, it goes back to the Ford Sollers Plant to undergo the main quality control procedures according to the Ford Global standards

ELABUGA, the Republic of Tatarstan, August 22, 2018 — Ford Sollers announces the official opening of its certified partner’s new enterprise in the territory of the Special Economic Zone «Alabuga» (SEZ Alabuga). ST Alabuga LLC, the affiliate of ST Nizhegorodets LLC, produces special versions of Ford Transit in close vicinity of the Ford Sollers plant where Ford light commercial vehicles produced in full cycle. The President of Tatarstan Republic Rustam Minnikhanov and the Ford Sollers President and CEO Adil Shirinov attended the new enterprise’s opening ceremony.

The ST Alabuga project initiated by ST Nizhegorodets, is one of the largest companies in Russia specialising in manufacturing buses, special transport and cargo transport based on vans and commercial vehicle chassis. The new production platform enabled to create about 50 new working places and the investment in the project has already exceeded RUB 45 mln. The close proximity of the partnering enterprises will not only improve the logistics and reduce the time needed for manufacturing and shipping the special versions, but also enable better quality control at the Ford Sollers Plant.

The ST Alabuga project envisages manufacturing 1,115 units of transport this year with planning to expand the venue in the Synergy Industrial Park with production capacity up to 4,000 units annually by 2022. Passenger vehicles (buses) comprise about 30% of the output, another 30-40% go to cargo transport, the rest include special transport and transport of public significance (emergency ambulance vehicles, school buses, etc). The close vicinity of the Ford Sollers Plant enabled to implement a unique quality control system. Every Ford Transit vehicle intended for modification that is produced on the Ford Sollers plant undergoes a preliminary quality assessment, after which it goes to the enterprise of the vehicle body manufacturing partner. After the modification work is finished, the fully-fledged vehicle goes back to the Ford Sollers Plant to undergo the main quality control stages as per the Ford Global standards.

ST Nizhegorodets is one of the certified Ford Sollers vehicle body manufacturing enterprises and the Ford Sollers R&D Centre, which partakes in designing new special versions, supports it. ST Nizhegorodets LLC represented by ST Alabuga LLC has also undergone international audit as per the Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier global program and received the highest recognition of the Ford Concern for the quality of its special transport.

The Fort Transit special versions manufactured by the certified vehicle body manufacturing enterprises have the Plant’s Vehicle Type Approval Certificates (VTAC). Due to this, the official Ford warranty is applicable to these vehicles (including conversion parts), and the buyer receives not only the vehicle, but also detailed information on its special features and technical characteristics, as well as aftersales service in the specialised Transit centres with trained staff.

Ford Transit has remained the leader in LCV sales at the Russian market among the foreign brands since 2016. The success of Ford Transit is the result of, among other things, its having its own R&D Centre and certified vehicle body manufacturing partners which enable Ford Sollers to implement practically any requirements of the Russian client. The Ford Transit product line comprises over 55 modifications of vehicles of special and social significance, which are best equipped to meet the specific needs of the businesses and the government services, and new special versions are developed on a regular basis.