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October 12, 2012
ECG conference in Prague

The ECG (European Association of Auto-transporters) conference was held in Prague, at which it was noted that sales of cars are falling, they are stacking up in warehouses, because the OEM system of ordering and manufacturing is still not meeting market needs. Read the full article.

See photos of the event.

September 19, 2012
The Automotive Supply Chain Russia Conference

Autotechnoimport Foreign Trade Company LLC did not change the tradition and took part in the annual Automotive Supply Chain Conference, this time as a platinum partner.

The event took place on September 19, in Moscow, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

After two decades of negotiations, Russia could finally join the WTO. After the accession to the WTO, we will see decrease in import duties on cars which as many believe can cause some shift in the structure of demand towards foreign vehicles. It will increase the share of foreign car manufacturers in the total sales.

Sales of cars were once again forecasted. According to forecasts of the logistics experts and supply chain managers as well as discussing arising questions together with decision-makers, it is possible to build relations with the industrial sector which got more robust.

The Conference was dedicated to considering challenges and outlooks facing all sectors of the branch as the market continues prospering. OEM-manufacturers, manufacturers of components and service providers will all stand for new opportunities. The matter on who will reap the benefits of the accession and who sees only problems in it was discussed.

June 28, 2012
Meeting between the ECG Board of Directors and Russiaís main logistics operators

On June 28, 2012, Autotechnoimport in its capacity as a member of the Association of European Vehicle Logistics (ECG) took part in a discussion about the Associationís potential participation on the Russian automobile market, addressing problems facing vehicle transporters in Russia at the present time.

The ECG Board of Directors expressed its hope that by increasing the associationís number of members in Russia, it could be able to help this important sector of the developing market.

The Association of European Vehicle Logistics (ECG) was founded in 1997 and currently includes leading logistics companies from 22 European countries, including Turkey and Russia.

June 22, 2012
Automotive Logistics Russia Conference

Autotechnoimport has once again taken part in the conference Russia Ė Supply Chain 2.0, this year becoming a gold sponsor.

The event was held June 19-21 at the Radisson Royal hotel in Moscow.

The Automotive Logistics Russia forum brought together more than 200 delegates, including key heads of companies and officials. The Russian automotive marketís potential was mentioned more than once at the conference.

At the same time that Europe was mired in crisis, the domestic market saw growth in car sales compared to the previous year. OEM representatives pointed to the high demands of KPI and providers, emphasising that the logistics chain must be complete.

The government order adopted in December 2011 and stating that any foreign car company that will manufacture more than 300,000 cars per year in Russia will shortly be granted significant privileges on the import of components was the subject of much discussion by the delegates, since it means that new opportunities will soon open up for all logistics chains.

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May 25, 2012
Reception at the British Embassy in Moscow for the British magazine Automotive Supply Chain to celebrate its entry onto the Russian market

Representatives from federal and local authorities, car manufacturers, and logistics operators attended the cocktail party.

Following the success of Automotive Supply Chainís international version, it was decided that due to its size and significance, the Russian automotive market required its own, Russian-language edition. In 2011 2.6 million cars and LCVs were sold in Russia. This figure was up 39% on the previous year. Nine out of ten best-selling models were manufactured in Russia.

Specialists are forecasting the growth to continue this year, expecting sales of 2.8 million vehicles in Russia. The basic factors underlying this growth are low levels of car ownership, an aging fleet, and the significant potential for investment in the regions.

In order to realise this potential, stability is essential, as is the possession by the population of sufficient financial resources to purchase new vehicles. Manufacturers and dealers need a stable investment climate. If these conditions can be observed, the market for cars and LCVs in Russia could achieve nearly pre-crisis levels.

On these principles, the decision was made to launch the Russian edition of Automotive Supply Chain. Each issue will highlight the situation in Russia and the CIS. It will also publish exclusive interviews and articles on each element of the automotive supply chain. It will also publish interviews with some of the most significant figures in the global auto industry if the editors decide that Russian readers are interested in such information, and particularly if such articles shed light on global trends that also affect the Russian market. But the primary focus will remain on Russia and her neighbours.


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