Der Spiegel, “Russia’s Factories Gear Up for Efficiency”
Take Chelyabinsk Forge-and-Press: It remains Russia’s only producer of the huge wheels used on the Ural truck. And for years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the plant had few other customers. But in 2005, owner Valery Gartung, a former engineer at the factory and now a member of Parliament, put his 21-year-old son, Andrey, in charge. “Everybody was shocked,” says the junior Gartung, who holds a management degree from South Ural State University in Chelyabinsk but had little practical experience.
On the shop floor today you wouldn’t know the world is suffering an economic crisis. Workers proudly show off metal links produced for Koch, a German manufacturer of conveyor belts. In April the factory signed up ZF, a German company that builds transmissions and other parts for the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The Russians will make transmission gears for trucks. “The most important thing is that we now make far, far more kinds of parts,” says Alexander Gorkushka, a section head in the forge.
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