The manufacturer said that its specialists have already started work. Earlier, the authorities of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) reported that the Russian company would organize production at the Stakhanov Railway Car Building Works (SRCBW).
Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) has announced that it “will do everything possible” to resume the car building and car repair production of the LPR at the first stage of restoring the republic’s economic (partially recognized LPR was formed in 2014 in Ukraine on the territory of the Luhansk region as a result of protests against the Ukrainian authorities’ actions, a partially recognized state, received diplomatic recognition from Russia in 2022). “UVZ will provide the most active assistance in adapting design and technical documentation and certification for compliance with the requirements of Russian regulators”, the manufacturer noted in a statement.
Earlier, the head of the LPR, Leonid Pasechnik, announced UVZ’s plans to launch the production of railcars on the basis of SRCBW. “UVZ on the basis of our plant will produce specialized cars: grain hoppers, tank cars, and so on”, Pasechnik is quoted in RIA Novosti. He added that work is underway to prepare the legal conditions for signing an agreement.
SRCBW was founded in 1962, the production of railcars began at the end of 1969. According to the company’s website, it produced more than 100,000 railcars of various types, and the plants’s capacity made it possible to produce up to 10,000 railcars a year. As Vladimir Prikhodko, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Kryukovsky Railway Car Building Works, wrote in an article for Biz.Censor in 2021, SRCBW has not been producing any cars since 2014.
UVZ also noted that they are working on negotiations with metallurgical companies in the LPR. In April, CEO of the UVZ, Alexander Potapov, visited the Alchevsk Metallurgical Complex. As reported on the official website of the LPR government, the head of UVZ marked the interest in the company’s products.