OMK Commences Deliveries of Automotive Springs to Ford Sollers Assembly Line

The Chusovoy Metallurgical Works (AO CMW, Perm Territory, an AO OMK (Moscow) subsidiary) has commenced deliveries of automotive springs to the Ford Sollers plant in the Alabuga Special Economic Zone (Elabuga, Republic of Tatarstan). CMW has shipped two batches of springs totaling 800 pieces to the facility to be installed on standard light commercial Ford vehicles.

Prior to the start of deliveries, the customer's specialists performed an audit at the Chusovoy Metallurgical Works that confirmed that the same steel grades and processes were being used to manufacture springs for Ford's Russian operation as in other locations and that the springs undergo the same hardening, strengthening, and painting.

"Preparations with the Ford Sollers facility had been underway for several years making this a very important contract for us. The first two batches of springs for standard Ford vehicles were not very large as per plan. Most of the work is still to come. We trust our team's professionalism and the quality of our product and plan to expand our partnership with automotive facilities in Russia representing foreign car makes", noted Chusovoy Metallurgical Works' Sales Director Ivan Tertichny.

BACKGROUND:

The Ford Sollers Plant become CMW's second partner representing a foreign brand. In November 2017, CMW had commenced deliveries to the Volvo Group truck factory in Kaluga. In 2018, sales to Volvo were over 2,100 pieces.

The Chusovoy Metallurgical works is the largest plant in Europe and a recognized Russian leader in reliable springs for mass transit vehicles, trucks, commercial machinery, and trailers of foreign and domestic manufacture. The Chusovoy spring brand as well as the new Springer brand for foreign makes produced by the Chusovoy Metallurgical Works are well know to auto manufacturers. CMW sells its product to 65% of the domestic spring market making over 1,000 types of products that it sells to all the domestic car factories and a number of assembly lines making foreign brands. Every spring produced by the facility has to clear a 7-step quality control process. The process developed by the facility's specialists improves the longevity of springs for foreign makes up to 200%. The facility was founded in 1879 and has been a specialist spring manufacturer since 1973.