Back on track
The big freeze in Russia’s car market appears to be thawing, with domestic vehicle sales rising late last year for the first time in almost two years and Russian car exports doubling during the first 10 months of 2016. And this thaw looks set to continue: Alexey Volodin, head of the automotive industry and railroad transport department at Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, said recently that the government expects a 7% rise in sales of new cars during 2017, with domestic demand rising to up to 3m units by 2025.
With production capacity in Russia currently totalling just over this amount (3.3m units), it is no surprise that OEMs are now beginning to invest in new facilities in the region to position themselves for the coming growth – perhaps most notably Daimler, which only recently announced plans to invest more than €250m ($263m) to begin manufacturing Mercedes-Benz cars in the country from 2019 at the Esipovo Industrial Park, about 40km north-west of Moscow.
“After the drastic contraction of recent years, the Russian car market should recover in 2017,” was how the OEM explained the move, adding: “Starting from a very low level, significant recovery of demand is to be expected in Russia.”
That recovery will be at the heart of discussions at this year’s Automotive Logistics Russia summit, where leading OEMs, service providers, infrastructure operators and technology solutions suppliers will all come together to debate the best strategies for automotive supply chains to adopt in preparation for the next phase of growth, now that the Russian market appears to be back on track.
About the conference
Now in its 12th year, the Automotive Logistics Russia summit is a well-established and highly popular forum for all the leading players in the Russian automotive logistics sector. “Very interesting and informative,” was how Galina Belyaeva, Logistics Manager at GM Auto, described last year’s event. “A good platform to discuss topical issues and share experience,” agreed Daria Filippova, Outbound Logistics Executive at Volvo Cars. “The best place to meet automotive logistics professionals,” added Sergey Fominykh, Head of Logistics at Scania. “Excellent for networking,” confirmed Alfred Eckl, Logistics Operations Manager at Ford.
This year’s one-day summit will once again be held at the Renaissance Monarch Hotel in Moscow and will provide a unique opportunity to combine business with relaxation.
The single, all-inclusive delegate fee includes:
• entry to the pre-summit drinks reception
• access to all speaker presentations and Q&A sessions
• networking lunch and coffee breaks
• messaging and comment options via the in-summit app
• access to the Live streaming service
• speaker presentations to download after the event
Register now to join your peers, suppliers and competitors for a day that will help your automotive logistics operation in Russia take full advantage of the opportunities ahead, as one of the globe’s most promising automotive markets enjoys its long-awaited recovery.