Russian deputy prime minister Olga Golodets visits NPO Saturn

January 23, 2014, Rybinsk — On January 22, 2014 a government delegation headed by deputy prime minister of the Russian Federation Olga Golodets, and leaders of the administration of the Yaroslavl region and the city of Rybinsk visited NPO Saturn.

In studying the social policies of the Yaroslavl region, the representatives from the Russian government visited local companies NPO Saturn and Snecma (SAFRAM Group, France), VolgAero, at the production facilities and training center at NPO Saturn.

“What I saw exceeded my expectations,” said Olga Golodets of her trip. “The region is dynamically developing, developing those fields which give a firm basis for livelihoods and peoples’ well-being. We discussed the lack of staff, how more could be prepared, how to cooperate at the federal level, and how to help the development of such large companies and support the development of these high technologies. It is very important that the region is striving to maintain its unique character, and at the same time striving for high-tech, particularly in the agricultural sector, and in creating aviation engines and we can only applaud such serious and productive work.”

In speaking about NPO Saturn, the deputy prime minister said, “whereas previously companies complained of falling production volumes, of how hard it was to survive, but today at this company the talk is only of how they are ready to produce more, they have qualifications, they have technology, they have a training system — they need more staff, more people. And this is truly a cause for optimism. We will work together.”

NPO Saturn has traditionally made a significant contribution to the socio-economic development of the region. In the past three years, NPO Saturn has significantly increased its production and sales volumes. Its client portfolio has expanded in all areas — the civil aviation engines D-30KP-2 and the SaM146, and special equipment. As of January 1, 2014, Saturn employed 11,851 people, including 3,159 people in planning and design, and 74 candidates and doctors of science. The average age of company employees was 42.3 years. A fairly high proportion of employees have a higher education — 38%, 25% have a specialized secondary education. Beginning in 2006 there has been a constant increase in the number of employees with two higher educations. They currently comprise 1.73% of the total number of employees, which demonstrates the striving of employees to increase their own education and qualifications by taking on second and even third higher degrees.

Each year there are production-technical trainings and qualification improvements. In 2013 6,500 people underwent training (only 7% were sent for training at outside educational establishments), the main work is carried out at NPO Saturn’s Training Center, which the government delegation visited. Each year Saturn hires more than 250 young specialists. At present the company employs 4,246 employees under 35 years old, more than a third of the workforce.

“Since 2010 NPO Saturn has demonstrated positive growth,” said Saturn managing director Ilya Fedorov. “We have grown more than 100% on volumes in the past three years, with investment in development of production at the level of 9 billion rubles. And the most important is the significant growth in turnover per employee, which more than doubled in the past year compared to 2010. And this is not the limit, if we pay attention to indicators of western companies.

Working in a knowledge-intensive field like aviation gas turbine construction, under conditions of industry and international cooperation, demands highly-qualified employees. From this — active cooperation with field-specific institutions, improving professionally-oriented work with schools, developing activities of our own training center, developing new social programs, and investing in young people.”

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. It is a part of the Russian Industrialists Union, the Yaroslavl regional department of which is headed by NPO Saturn managing director I. N. Fedorov.

NPO Saturn is a part of the United Engine Corporation and is the head of the Engines for Civil Aviation division, a UEC business unit founded 09.12.2012 and comprised of NPO Saturn, Aviadvigatel, PMZ, Metallist-PM, Energetik-PM, REMOS-PM, Motorservice-PM, and Zheleznedorozhnik-PM.

United Engine Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of OBORONPROM. UEC includes more than 85% of leading companies specializing in the development, mass production, and servicing of gas turbine technology, as well as key companies — selectors of the industry. One of UEC’s priorities is implementing comprehensive development programs for the industry with new technologies meeting international standards

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 are helicopter building (Russian Helicopters), engine-building (UEC) and other assets.

Rostech is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 to facilitate the development, production, and export of high-tech industrial products for civil and military applications. Altogether, Russian Technologies encompasses 663 organizations including 8 holdings in the military-industrial complex, and five in civilian industry. The corporation works in 60 constituent regions of the Russian Federation and supplies products to more than 70 countries around the world. Its 2012 turnover was 931 billion rubles, with net profit of 38.5 billion rubles. It paid a total of 109 billion rubles in taxes at all budget levels.