DEVELOPMENT OF KAZAKHSTAN’S CAR MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY
Kazakhstani car manufacturing is gradually expanding. The first batches of vehicles were exported to China, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and the United Arab Emirates. According to analysts, the reorientation to foreign markets gives an incentive to increase the production of Kazakhstani cars. Kazakhstani plants have made 3,405 cars and trucks, buses and special equipment since the beginning of the year. This is 4 times higher than in the same period last year. According to the Kazakh Union of Enterprises of the Automotive Industry, the demand for Kazakhstanis cars is growing among local consumers. Every third purchased car is a local production. Popular brands are Lada, Kia, Hyundai, Chevrolet and Jac.
OLEG ALFEROV, CHAIRMAN, KAZAKHSTAN’S UNION OF ENTERPRISES OF AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY:
- The car assembly plant Asia Auto broke through the barriers and sent 204 cars to the Chinese market in the first quarter. According to preliminary estimates, 2,000 vehicles will be sold in 2017; there also might be some excess.
China and Kazakhstan are expanding cooperation in car industry. The companies of the two countries will jointly manufacture Ankai buses at Saryarka autoprom plant. Another automaker, Kostanay car manufacturing plant is launching production of two types of buses running on diesel fuel and gas. Ankai is a new generation coach bus that equipped with most modern technologies. Further partnership prospects between Kazakhstan and China were discussed at a cooperation committee meeting this week. 51 projects worth about $27 billion are currently under implementation as part of the Kazakh-Chinese program of industrial-innovative cooperation.
ASKAR MAMIN, FIRST DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF KAZAKHSTAN:
- Over the first two months, the volume of trade between the countries increased by 30%. This is a very high figure. Container shipments on the route Kazakhstan-China to Europe are doubling annually. They grew by 2.6 times in the first three months.
Kazakhstani cars will be equipped with "Glonass" alarm button. Kazakhstani plant "Asia Auto" will be the first in the Eurasian Union to manufacture cars equipped with the emergency warning function of rescue service. The button turns on automatically during various accidents, or allows you to call for help in case of emergency situations. According to Customs Union technical regulations, equipping cars with such devices has become mandatory since January.
ANDREY TOLSTIKOV, VICE PRESIDENT ON DEVELOPMENT, CAR MANUFACTURING PLANT:
- I think that the entire Asia Auto production line will be equipped with the alarm and navigation button during this and next year. This is a global practice, which proved efficient in many countries and saved more than 1,000 lives.