Facilitating International Market Access for Manufacturing Suppliers in the Automotive Component Industry in the Samara Region of Russia
Approximately 40% of industrial production and 35% of labour force in Samara are concentrated in the automotive industry. AvtoVAZ, the largest Russian automobile manufacturer in the country, has long been the main driving force for component manufacturers in Samara, but with investments from Renault-Nissan, new supply chain requirements are making inroads into the local supplier landscape. As lucrative as the automotive sector may be for the region, the industry is still characterized by a lack of specialized staff to improve quality and productivity, an underdeveloped scientific and technological infrastructure to develop new processes and products, and a dearth of strategic partnerships with universities, research institutions and industry to allow for a systemic improvement of the Samara automotive industry as a whole.
In 2008, UNIDO initiated a project to set-up a network of automotive component suppliers in the Samara Region of Russia to strengthen their competitiveness, which was in early 2012.
Entitled “Facilitating International Market Access for Manufacturing Suppliers in the Automotive Component Industry in Samara region of Russia”, the project was aimed at assisting the automotive component suppliers in the region to meet the requirements of vehicle and Tier 1 automotive component manufacturers and to overcome the constraints arising from their small size and the resulting inability to realize economies of scale. At the same time, target beneficiaries were to benefit from activities to accelerate a process of integrating them into local markets and the Central and Eastern European region, as well as into global automotive supply chains. It aimed to achieve three inter-related objectives:
In the context of the project, the following activities were pursued:
The project was funded by the Slovenian Government and and implemented in collaboration with the Automotive Cluster of Slovenia and partners from Samara and within Russia.