The Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant (part of the UWC holding) is going down for two weeks.

Freight Car Building Plant
Фото: Екатерина Кузьмина, РБК

This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to rollingstock.

It is noted that such a decision was made due to “adjustment of the purchase of wagons.”

“The ongoing events have a direct impact on the disruption of international trade and supply chains. The changes affected all sectors of the economy and the railway market is no exception. Our production is contracted for a year in advance, but consumers of rolling stock are forced to adjust their procurement activities due to a decrease in loading and a growing surplus of rolling stock,” Yevgeny Kuzmenko, Managing Director of the enterprise, says in a statement.

He also noted that the plant “has a stock of critical components, and now new cooperation ties are being established for the future deliveries”

Downtime was introduced for the period from May 17 to May 31 and is aimed at adjusting the production plan. During this period workers will be paid 2/3 of the average wage. It is assumed that downtime will affect 7 thousand employees of the enterprise.

It is noted that UWC is the largest manufacturer of freight cars in the Russian Federation: in 2021, the company produced 15.4 thousand cars.

Tikhvin UWC is one of the most modern enterprises in the Russian Federation. It is associated with the country’s President Vladimir Putin. He repeatedly visited the enterprise, in particular during the opening in 2012.

The plant produces the so-called innovative railcars (with increased axle load). Their release is now difficult in the Russian Federation due to the withdrawal of European and American bearing manufacturers from the market as a result of Russia’s large-scale aggression against Ukraine. This may also be one of the reasons for the first downtime in the history of the enterprise.

Recall that the production of wagons has decreased in the Russian Federation.

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