Trelleborg Automotive has opened a new manufacturing facility in Zavolzhye, near Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. The new facility, which will make anti-vibration products, is the company’s first production facility in Russia and has been opened to meet increasing demand from local customers.

 Jim Law, head of the suplier's anti-vibration division, said: “The Russian car industry returned to growth in the second quarter of this year and car sales are projected to double by 2015, returning to pre-recession levels.”

Law added: “The increasing demand for new cars in Russia, along with government initiatives for Russian-based car manufacturers to source locally-manufactured components, means that many globally recognised car manufacturers are opening production facilities in the country."

Local manager Roman Antipov added: “As a consequence, we’re seeing an increasing demand. Nizhny is, arguably, the car manufacturing centre of the country and is an ideal location for our new facility. We’re able to provide the high levels of service that can only be achieved with close geographic proximity.”

The new facility, wholly owned by Trelleborg, includes a number of rubber presses and is set to continue to grow as the company plans to expand the current production within the next year.