Metro Detroit companies doing business in Russia
April 12, 2015
With a 2013 GDP of $2.113 trillion, Russia has experienced economic decline in recent years due mostly to its reliance on exports. According to the CIA World Factbook, Russia was deeply affected by the global economic crisis of 2008. Its economy averaged 7 percent growth throughout the 2000s, but in 2013 the Russian Economic Development Ministry forecast growth would stagnate at 2.5 percent through 2030. Growth prospects only have declined in the aftermath of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.
Russia’s major exports include petroleum and petroleum products, natural gas, chemicals, metals, wood, and civilian and military products. Its leading export partners are the Netherlands (14.6 percent), China (6.8 percent), Germany (6.8 percent) and Italy (6.2 percent). Major imports include machinery, pharmaceutical products, vehicles, plastic, meat, fruit and nuts, iron and steel. Its leading import partners are China (16.6 percent), Germany (12.2 percent), Ukraine (5.7 percent) and Japan (5 percent).
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Based: Auburn Hills
Operations: One office in St. Petersburg and one plant in Togliatti
Products: Airbags, steering wheels, seatbelts and buckles, height adjusters
Top executive: Dmitry Yakubovsky, general director
Customers: AvtoVAZ, GM-AvtoVAZ, Ford, Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen
Chrysler Group LLC
Based: Auburn Hills
Operations: One national sales location in Moscow and a dealer network that includes 52 dealerships for Chrysler/Jeep brands, 22 for Fiat passenger cars 75 for Fiat professional cars and 12 for Alfa Romeo.
Products/Services: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brand projects such as Jeep Territory, a test drive and brand-experience center, and an Alfa Romeo-branded restaurant (Forte Bello).
Top executive: Giorgio Gorelli, CEO for Chrysler Rus
More information: Chrysler Rus is the importer of Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Fiat professional and Chrysler automobiles in Russia.
Domino’s Pizza Inc.
Based: Ann Arbor
Operations: 20 stores in and around Moscow
Products: Pizza, bread sides, beverages
Top executive: Aslan Saranga, managing director of Turkven, Domino’s master franchise company
Dow Chemical Co.
Operations: A representative office in Moscow, one manufacturing facility in Ramenskoye and one joint venture for Dow Izolan in Vladimir
Products: Styrene acrylic polymer dispersions for the Russian paint and adhesives industry and polyurethane systems
Top executive: Arthur Eritspokhov, who is general manager in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States
Operations: Headquarters and motor parts distribution center in Moscow and manufacturing facilities in Naberezhnye Chelny, Togliatti and Dimitrovgrad
Products: Pistons, rings, liners and bearings
Top executive: Uwe Plaxin, managing director
Operations: Three offices in Moscow, three offices in St. Petersburg and 14 other locations throughout the country
Services: Staff leasing, temporary staffing, mass recruitment, search and selection, management selection, on-site management, recruitment process outsourcing, outplacement and HR consulting
Top executive: Ekaterina Gorokhova, vice president and general manager of Kelly Services CIS, Russia and Poland
More information: Kelly Services has operated in Russia since 1993.
Operations: Seat manufacturing locations in Kaluga, Nizhny Novgorod and St. Petersburg and wire harness manufacturing operation in Volokolamsk
Products: Complete seat systems and wire harnesses
Top executives: Gideon Jewel, seating executive for Europe; Mariano de Torres, electrical executive for Europe
Clients: Ford, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Volkswagen
Operations: Office and training center in Moscow
Services: Strategic consultancy, market research, compliance audits, dealer training, warranty cost management and technical assistance services to vehicle manufacturers and dealer networks
Top executives: Vitaly Roustanovitch, managing director; Nikolay Pakhtunov, business development manager
Clients: BMW, Ford, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Volvo
Based: Auburn Hills
Operations: Manufacturing facilities in St. Petersburg and Togliatti
Products: Auto fluid systems
Top executive: Alexander Kedrov, general manager
Operations: One office in Moscow
Products: Business performance optimization solutions, including consulting and proprietary software
Top executive: Pablo Tellería, managing director