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Russia's first Hestego plant to start work in the Ulyanovsk region
The opening ceremony of the enterprise for production of telescopic and cabinet-type covers for machines was held in the industrial park "Zavolzhye" on 6 October. The Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic Jiří Havlíček, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to the Russian Federation Vladimir Remek, the Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in the Czech Republic Sergey Stupar and the Governor of the Ulyanovsk region Sergey Morozov took part in the event.
“We received the very first investments into the Ulyanovsk region's economy from the Czech Republic. Perhaps, restoration of our region, including the machine-tool sphere, started with the help of Czech business. Negotiations are under way with 22 companies. Today after a roundtable discussion with representatives of the Czech business, who came to the region together with the Minister, we managed to reach interesting agreements with four investors. Among them is the company related to the production of trams. We also talked about innovative projects in the field of machine-tool industry. I repeatedly raised awareness of the region's population regarding construction of the Russia's largest industrial park of suppliers. The first company to locate production here is a Czech company "Hestego". In the nearest future, we will see many other companies, including the ones from Germany, Japan and Denmark”, - said the head of the region.
According to the dedicated experts, Hestego manufactures components for machine-tool industry and today it is one of the leaders in the European market in production of covers for machines.
“I am really glad that I was able to come to the Ulyanovsk region, and during our meeting we discussed many issues with Mr. Morozov. I highly appreciate the involvement of the Governor into active development of the region in the sphere of industry, innovations, transfer of technologies and their implementation. We have also discussed with the head of the region particular topics that can lead to cooperation in the nearest future. These are projects in such spheres as modernization of trams, investments into ecologization of your region. There are several directions of work that are interesting to the Czech business. I am sure that Hestego will serve as an example for other Czech enterprises so that they come to the Ulyanovsk region and place their production here”, – Jiří Havlíček emphasized.
Investment into the first stage made over 100 million rubles. Thirty inhabitants of the region will find employment at the production until the end of the year, and under the full capacity, this number will increase up to 80 people.
“In the nearest future, we are going to invest additional 1 million euros in the new equipment as we need to order machines for projects that we are currently discussing with the customers. Here, in Russia, we will manufacture products for the Russian market – for such international companies as DMG MORI and other foreign enterprises coming to the Russian market. We want to join in the process of localization and to become the company making goods in Russia”, – said the owner of Hestego Ivo Bezloja.
At the first stage, Hestego placed production at leased sites, carried out full upgrade of the facility and purchased hi-tech equipment for production of machine components. After implementation of the project's first stage, the investor will make the decision on construction of its own enterprise in the territory of the Ulyanovsk region.
According to the CEO of the Ulyanovsk Region Development Corporation Sergey Vasin, in the long term, the company intends to expand the range of its activities in the region. In addition to production of cabinet-type covers for machines, it plans to launch a coating rooms’ production line.
It is the second project of the Czech company, which is working in the machine-tool industry of the Ulyanovsk region. A Trimill company has been working in the region since January 2017.
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The HESTEGO company (Czech Republic) was founded in 1995 and is specialized in production of telescopic and cabinet-type covers for machine-tools. The approximate number of employees is 300 people. The production space of the company makes 12 000 sq.m. About 40% of the manufactured goods is used for export. The Governor of the Ulyanovsk region Sergey Morozov, the CEO of HESTEGO Monika Šimánková and the CEO of the Ulyanovsk Region Development Corporation Sergey Vasin signed the agreement on 23 March.