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Delcam extends 20-year partnership with Autovaz during Ministerial visit

Evgeniy Shmelev, Vice-President of Technical Development at AutoVAZ, (left) shakes hands with Delcam Director, Hugh Humphreys, on the new agreement, watched by Minister for Trade and Investment, Lord Green, and Tim Barrow, the UK Ambassador to Russia

Delcam has extended its 20-year partnership with Russian automotive manufacturer, AutoVAZ, with an agreement covering support and maintenance for the coming year.  The new agreement with Delcam’s Samara office was signed during a visit to Russia by Delcam Director, Hugh Humphreys, as part of a trade mission led by UK Trade and Investment Minister, Lord Green, and John Cridland, Director-General of the CBI.

AutoVAZ, which is generally known by its Lada trade name, produces 700,000 cars per annum.  It is unusual as an automotive company in that the most of its components are manufactured in-house, in one of the world’s largest car factories.

AutoVAZ was one of Delcam’s first customers in Russia and remains one of its largest users in the country.  A combination of the PowerSHAPE design software, the PowerMILL CAM system for five-axis machining and the PowerINSPECT inspection software is used by the company.  The design and machining software is used primarily in the pre-production and pilot-production plant, especially for tooling manufacture.  PowerINSPECT is used to control over 50 inspection arms and co-ordinate measuring machines throughout the plant.

"We are pleased to extend our partnership with AutoVAZ and look forward to helping the company in its drive to improve productivity and quality” commented Mr. Humphreys.  "The contract is another landmark in a very successful year in Russia for Delcam so far, with sales for the first nine months up by over 40% on the same period last year.”

The trade mission, which took place between 26th and 29th November in Moscow and St. Petersburg, included representatives of twenty-five mid-sized businesses keen to increase their exports to Russia.  Delegates were given the opportunity to meet key figures from the Russian Government and business community.

03 December 2012

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