Saturn’s innovative activities as the basis for development of small and medium businesses entering the global marketplace

February 16, 2012, Rybinsk — On February 15, 2012, at the Central House of Government in Moscow, there was an international conference entitled ‘Modernization and innovation as a strategy for successful integration of small and medium businesses into the global economic space under WTO conditions’. The forum was organized by the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and Vnesheconombank, and included representatives from 58 Russian regions and 12 foreign countries. Saturn, as a large, high-tech state-owned business, presented the conference with its experience of innovation as the basis for developing innovative infrastructure for small and medium businesses and as a launch pad for entering the global marketplace.

As Russia joins the World Trade Organization, the role of big business as a driver of small and medium businesses in the global economy will continue to grow. The first such drivers will be high-tech industrial companies who have chosen the path of innovative development and have experience with international partnership and working on foreign markets. Saturn’s activities are a positive example of such development, and as such were well received by the participants at the international conference.

According to Saturn managing director Ilya Fedorov, innovation is what Saturn does: “Innovation is not just an idea embodied in metal. It is an idea we can sell. In order to compete on product price, we need to optimize our whole company, using all the best of what Saturn has, creating centers of technological competency, outsourcing non-core activities, and a greater share of industrial production.

The companies to which we outsource should in turn become the basis for development of small and medium businesses, especially innovative ones. These processes are mutually beneficial. We want the small and medium businesses that will become a part of our circle to be oriented towards exports, and ready to work under WTO conditions. It’s also important that Saturn maintains a competitive advantage, as it has experience of working on international projects. Our work on the Russian-French SaM146 program is not the latest company project with foreign partners. In this sense, Saturn remains an ideal launching point for small and medium businesses to access global markets. And as we outsource essential production to small businesses, we will be making savings for our own company.”

“Saturn has chosen to focus on working with small and medium businesses as an area of priority in innovative development, and it is a key part of the innovative development program for the United Engine Corporation,” said Saturn’s director of innovative development, Dmitry Ivanov. “It is very important that this work receives support at the federal and regional levels.”

ZAO SatIZ — ZAO Saturn Tool Factory — a wholly-owned subsidiary of Saturn and a UEC center of competency for technological production, and ZAO ReMO — ZAO Repair, Modernization, and Service — a joint Russian-Czech venture, could become the basis for a regional innovation cluster. The first buds of such a cluster are the small innovative enterprises created on the basis of the Rybinsk State Aviation and Technical University, which is a key component of the cluster jointly with Saturn.

NPO Saturn is an engine-building company specializing in the development, production, and aftersales servicing of gas turbine engines for military and civil aviation, electrical generating and gas transport facilities, and military and civil marine vessels. Saturn is a part of the United Engine Corporation, itself a subsidiary of OBORONPROM, specializing in managing engine-building assets.

United Industrial Corporation OBORONPROM is a multi-faceted machine-building group founded in 2002. It is part of the Russian Technologies group of companies. Its primary areas of business are helicopters (Russian Helicopters), engine-building (UEC), and other assets.

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