RUSSIA: GAZ starts Mitsubishi Pajero Sport frame production
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport frame production has been launched at the Nizhny Novgorod site of GAZ Group.
The deal between OJSC GAZ and PCMA Rus (a JV between PSA Peugeot Citroen and Mitsubishi Motors), sees frames for the Pajero Sport welded, a protective anticorrosive coat (phosphating and electrophoresis treatment) applied and shipment to the PCMA Rus assembly plant in Kaluga.
OJSC GAZ established and equipped a welding area (purchasing a semi-automatic welding machine and air cleaners and installing equipment for frame transportation along the welding jigs), put into operation a phosphating treatment line and modernised the current electrophoresis treatment line.
Welding jigs and checking equipment were provided by Mitsubishi. The workers completed training in compliance with PCMA Rus quality standards; 85 additional jobs were created for the project.
Bo Inge Andersson, president of GAZ Group said: “Launch of the frame production... speaks of the high level of competence at OJSC GAZ in automotive component production and is a milestone in automotive cluster development in the Nizhny Novogorod region."
Yoshiya Inamori, deputy general manager of PCMA Rus said: “It is crucially important for us to find reliable Russian partners to localise our production of key components."