RUSSIA: Ford to increase local content through JV
The 5,000th Transit built by the Ford Sollers JV
Ford Sollers has produced its 5,000th Transit light commercial vehicle at its plant in Elabuga, Tatarstan.
Transit production started at the plant in January this year and the models are built in single and double cab, bus, kombi and van forms with diesel engines.
Adil Shirinov, executive director and chief operating officer, Ford Sollers, said he hoped the success of the Transit would pave the way for the assembly of other Ford vehicles in Tatarstan.
The Transit is one of the leaders in its segment in Russia among foreign brands. In the first quarter of this year sales doubled year on year to 2,000 vehicles.
The Ford Sollers joint venture started operation in October 2011 and is responsible for the production, import and distribution of all Ford brand products, including vehicles, parts and accessories, in Russia.
The JV includes production facilities in Vsevolozhsk (St.Petersburg region) Naberezhnye Chelny and Tatarstan.
Ford Sollers also will manufacture engines and operate a stamping facility that will provide a higher level of local parts content for vehicles built in Russia. It also plans to establish research and development activities.