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09.02.2012

The heads of the federal ministries supported the proposals from Perm Engine Company

On February 8, acting on Prime Minister Putin’s instructions to expand government support for strategic sectors, addressed to cabinet ministers as a result of his conference with Perm regional industrialists on February 4, 2012, a delegation of federal ministers including Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko, Economic Development Minister Elvira Nabiullina, acting Minister for Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, and the deputy ministers for finance and for regional development, came to visit Perm’s largest enterprises. The key point of the visit was a series of meetings at one of the country’s leading aviation engine-building companies — Perm Engine Company.

During the visit to the shop floor, the ministers, Perm Krai Governor Oleg Chirkunov, Perm Krai Minister for Industry, Innovation, and Science Kseniya Novikova, and Deputy Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee Vitaly Markelov evaluated how PMZ uses modern technology in engine-building, on the example of the launch in January of a new production unit — the first of its kind in Russia — using an electron-beam unit to apply ceramic thermal coatings to turbine blades. They also visited the assembly line for the PS-90A aviation engine and the gas turbine units for transporting gas and small-scale power generation. Standing at the testing site for the PD-14 prototype, Aviadvigatel Managing Director and Chief Designer Alexander Inozemtsev presented the guests with information about the progress of work to create a fifth-generation aviation engine, being led at the Perm plant.

The most pressing questions of cooperation between the government and industry — the procedure and principles of placing state orders and state financing through the federal program for industry support — were discussed in the meeting held by Russian cabinet ministers at Perm Engine Company. The working visit with Anatoly Serdyukov and Denis Manturov with heads of defence firms from the Perm region was among the most important.

PMZ Managing Director Alexey Mikhalev reported on the plant’s readiness for the launch of large-scale production of the PS-90A76 engine for transport aircraft of military and civil application as part of the IL-476 program. He noted that Perm Engine Company’s current priorities are signing (with participation from the Russian Defence Ministry) long-term contracts with United Engine Corporation to deliver engines of this modification as early as 2012-2013, confirming programs to revitalize production of the main units for the D-30F6 engine, and increase contracted times for delivery of gas turbine units for Gazprom’s gas transportation department from nine months to three years. A further area of state support essential for PMZ today is the continuation of state subsidies on the interest rates for investment capital attracted for developing production.

These measures will allow the Perm Engine Company to fully and dynamically develop its program of retooling in order to produce the fifth-generation PD-14 engine. The efficiency of this approach to developing high-tech production has been confirmed by the experience of cooperation between the state and Russian Helicopters.

These suggestions were met with support from the heads of the federal ministries. Anatoly Serdyukhov issued a number of instructions with specific timeframes for resolving these issues.

Alexey Mikhalev, Perm Engine Company Managing Director: “Perm Krai industrialists are satisfied with the speed of the response to the issues that they put to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. This is a clear sign of the efficiency of state function today in supporting and initiating development in strategic enterprises. For the team at Perm Engine Company, the productive dialogue with the leader of the national government is evidence that the state is committed to strengthening enterprises, to creating a stable future for its workers.”

Over the course of the meeting, which ran nearly two hours over, the heads of practically all the leading factories in the Perm region addressed the federal ministers with their questions and suggestions. In conclusion, the Defence Minister and the acting Minister for Industry and Trade gave a brief summary.

Anatoly Serdyukhov, Russian Defence Minister: “On orders from Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, we held an extensive discussion about all the problems that the industrialists raised in their meeting with the PM on February 4th. In the course of our meeting we also touched on a number of other issues, involving the implementation of targeted federal programs, state defence contracts, and organizing potential advanced R&D in the defence sector. Some of these relate to the state’s overall defence program through to 2020.

I feel that the discussions were constructive and mutually useful. On all the various topics, we found corresponding possible actions, and received the necessary written applications from the companies. Some of the most pressing issues we were able to resolve literally right then and there. Instructions have been issued.”

Denis Manturov, acting Russian Minister for Industry and Trade: “We really did have a very complex discussion of a variety of problems, which will require efficient inter-departmental cooperation to solve. The dialogue was constructive, and where it was possible to find an immediate solution, we did so today. And we have correspondingly made plans for the near future. Particularly on those issues that the company directors raised in the first instance.”

Information:

Perm Engine Company (PMZ) mass producer of aviation engines for civil and military applications, as well as industrial gas turbine units for power stations and gas transportation.

PMZ is part of the United Engine Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of OBORONPROM specializing in engine-building assets.

OBORONPROM is a multi-faceted machine-building group of companies, founded in 2002. It is part of the Russian Technologies group of companies. Its primary activities include helicopter building (Russian Helicopters) and engine-building (UEC).

PERM ENGINE COMPANY Press Service
Tel/Fax (342) 240-86-16, 240-89-77, lebedevaea@pmz.ru, yushketovayv@pmz.ru
93 Komsomolsky Prospekt, Perm


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