IAV has been operating in Russia for five years now with branches in Moscow and Kaluga, assisting its clients in testing and validating vehicles under conditions typically encountered there. In future, the engineering company plans to step up cooperation with Russian partners. “With markets developing in the way they are, the OEMs on the global stage as well as Russian manufacturers and component suppliers are facing many challenges where we want to assist them with our expertise”, explains Kurt Blumenröder, IAV President and CEO, in Moscow. “As a leading engineering partner, for example, we can help to improve the development process at vehicle manufacturers and component suppliers, engineer new technologies and gear them to the market”.
Alongside Moscow, the Kaluga office is expanding too
Ingo Thümmler, Manager of IAV Russia, is looking to intensify cooperation with domestic companies: “Russia’s automotive industry wants to continue professionalizing its production, and many suppliers would like to gain competencies for customers from the West. Given our intensive cooperation with all of the world’s automobile manufacturers, we know their demands and can provide our Russian customers with valuable support.” This won’t only be the responsibility of the operation in Moscow though – IAV is also expanding its office in Kaluga which is about 190 kilometers away from Moscow. Kaluga is Russia’s car-making hub and many Western manufacturers operate there too.
Booming vehicle market and emerging automotive industry
Recent years have seen Russia develop into one of the world’s most interesting automobile markets on which many Western manufacturers are recording annual high double-digit growth rates – the rise of an affluent middle class combined with an aging vehicle fleet means that millions of cars will need to be renewed there. Beside this, Russia also has its own emerging automotive industry that is hugely interested in cooperating with Western manufacturers, suppliers and development partners.