The biggest and one of the most impressive Innoprom exhibits – a model of the Lastochka electric train – has left Moscow for Yekaterinburg. This unique exhibit will be the centrepiece of the Sinara Group’s display at the exhibition. Visitors will be able to see “for real” the internal set-up in the driver’s cab and try out the passenger seats. The full-scale model of a Lastochka front coach is 27 metres long, 3.5 metres wide and 4.8 metres high. The total weight of the model is about 15 tonnes and about 10 specialists will be assembling it for the exhibition. The Lastochka is expected to arrive in the capital of the Urals on 17 June.
It is no coincidence that the Lastochka is going to “Innoprom” – thanks to the efforts made by Sverdlovsk Region this electric train, which has been developed using the latest innovative technologies on the technical platform of the Desiro train, will be built in our region.
Lengthy negotiations culminated in the signing, on 1 June 2011, by Russian Railways, the Sinara Group and Siemens AG of an agreement to supply Lastochka electric trains and localise their production in Russia at the Urals Locomotives production facility. The agreement stipulates that 1,200 Desiro RUS-type electric train coaches for RZD will be delivered between 2014 and 2020. The total value of the contract is more than 2.5 billion euros. The new production facility which will open in the Mid Urals is yet another example of the effective policy to modernise the economy of Sverdlovsk Region which is being pursued in the region under Alexander Misharin’s leadership. “As Sverdlovsk Region emerges from the crisis period, it is moving to a trajectory of confident growth. We have everything in place to become a driver of the new industrialisation of Russia. In the first four months of this year the industrial production index exceeded 111 percent. Also, the rate of this growth was higher in the high-tech industries: production of transport, electrical and optical equipment. We succeeded in achieving these positive results primarily through the introduction of innovative developments in businesses. Serial innovative production has been established in the region. Everything has been put in place to enable us to become leaders in the area of high-tech and exhibition business and in the development of the transport infrastructure. We shall continue to move forward in this direction,” Alexander Misharin emphasises.
It is worth noting that Urals Locomotives is one of the most modern engineering enterprises in Russia. It employs advanced technologies in engineering and has created an excellent basis for manufacturing high-tech rolling stock. The business has 1,550 employees. As a result of the rising levels of production, by 2012 the number of employees will increase to 2,000.