Kazakhstan launches production of Russia’s Kirovets tractors

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NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — During his working trip to the Kostanay region on October 23, Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Askar Mamin attended the opening ceremony of the Kirovets tractor factory at the Kostanay Tractor Plant, the prime minister’s press service reported.

The design capacity of the enterprise is 700 tractors per year with a gradual increase in localization to 50% by 2025 (manufacture of plastic elements for the interior/exterior, from 2021 – high pressure hoses, ballast weights, from 2025 – cabs, tanks, carrying frames, disks, driveshaft, counterweights, etc.). The total investment in the project, which is being implemented in three stages, will amount to 7.3 billion tenge; it is planned to create about 500 new jobs in production and 700 in related industries.

In the presence of the prime minister, the Director General of Russia’s Petersburgsky Tractorny Zavod JSC Sergey Serebryakov and the president of the Association of Kazakhstan Auto Business Andrey Lavrentiev signed an agreement on the entry of Petersburgsky Tractorny Zavod JSC into the authorized capital of the Kostanay Tractor Plant.

“Kazakhstan sets itself the task of creating high-tech production of agricultural equipment and components for them. Today we are launching the production of the legendary Kirovets tractor. The new plant will provide agriculture in Kazakhstan with high-quality and reliable Kirovets equipment of domestic assembly,” said Mamin.

The head of government noted that Kazakhstan is interested in expanding the agricultural machinery market and its further export, deepening localization processes and increasing the level of service.

“The opening of modern production of energy-efficient tractors Kirovets in Kazakhstan meets the development strategy of domestic engineering. The launch of this project will create new high-performance jobs, produce tractors for agriculture and the housing sector, increase localization and develop related industries,” said Mamin.

The head of government personally tested the first Kirovets tractor manufactured in Kazakhstan.

From 2014 to 2017, about 500 Russia-made Kirovets tractors were sold in Kazakhstan. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the annual demand for tractors in Kazakhstan is about 1,600.

Sergey Kwan

TCA