UEC is Creating a Center of Technological Excellence for Aluminum and Titanium Casting, Based on UEIA

Ufa, April 28, 2011 – The planning committee of the United Engine Corporation Managing Company has made the decision to organize a center of technological excellence (CTE) for aluminum and titanium casting at the Ufa Engine Industrial Association.

The intent is that by 2016, the center at UEIA will fully meet UEC and the OBORONPROM group’s needs in aluminum and titanium cast products. UEIA possesses the necessary industrial capability and modern space. In cooperation with the Ufa State Aviation Technical University (USATU), highly-qualified specialists are being trained and prepared – the factory foundry is home to an affiliate of USATU’s casting department. Investment in the project will total 2.5 billion rubles.

To carry out this project, UEIA plans to purchase new equipment as well as utilizing its existing stock – Laempe automated machines (from Germany), gasostatic extruders, and testing equipment from the plant’s central laboratory.

The creation of centers of technological excellence is part of UEC’s strategy. The goal of the CTEs is to establish highly-profitable specialized technological production facilities, both to meet intra-company demand within UEC, and for outside clients. The CTEs will enable the company to optimize production across the holding, reduce expenses and labor costs, and as a result bring down the production costs of the end product.

In early April 2011, UEC began to work on a center of excellence in production preparation at the Saturn Tool Plant.

The Ufa Engine Industrial Association is one of the largest producers of aviation engines in the Russian Federation. Its proceeds for 2010 amounted to 20,376 billion rubles. Its primary activities are production, servicing, and repair of jet turbine aviation engines and gas compressor units, as well as production and repair of helicopter technology elements. UEIA is part of the United Engine Corporation, a wholly-owned specialized subsidiary of OBORONPROM dedicated to managing engine-building assets.

OBORONPROM is a multi-profile industrial group created in 2002. It is part of the Russian Technologies group of companies. Its major areas of business are helicopter construction (Russian Helicopters) and engine building (UEC), and other assets. The enterprise’s proceeds for 2010 exceeded 190 billion rubles.