Detroit Companies Continue Russian Partnerships – Crains

Posted: April 13, 2015 in Econ 101, Free Trade, Sanctions on Russia Meaningless

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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).

Each World Watch features a different country. If you know of a Michigan company that exports, manufactures abroad or has facilities abroad, email Jennette Smith, managing editor, at jhsmith@crain.com.

Autoliv

Based: Auburn Hills

Operations: One office in St. Petersburg and one plant in Togliatti

Employees: 200

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.

Employees: 140

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

Employees: 100

Products: Pizza, bread sides, beverages

Top executive: Aslan Saranga, managing director of Turkven, Domino’s master franchise company

Dow Chemical Co.

Based: Midland

Operations: A representative office in Moscow, one manufacturing facility in Ramenskoye and one joint venture for Dow Izolan in Vladimir

Employees: 270

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

Federal-Mogul Corp.

Based: Southfield

Operations: Headquarters and motor parts distribution center in Moscow and manufacturing facilities in Naberezhnye Chelny, Togliatti and Dimitrovgrad

Employees: 650

Products: Pistons, rings, liners and bearings

Top executive: Uwe Plaxin, managing director

Kelly Services

Based: Troy

Operations: Three offices in Moscow, three offices in St. Petersburg and 14 other locations throughout the country

Employees: 450

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.

Lear Corp.

Based: Southfield

Operations: Seat manufacturing locations in Kaluga, Nizhny Novgorod and St. Petersburg and wire harness manufacturing operation in Volokolamsk

Employees: 1,300

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

MSX International

Based: Detroit

Operations: Office and training center in Moscow

Employees: 28

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

TI Automotive

Based: Auburn Hills

Operations: Manufacturing facilities in St. Petersburg and Togliatti

Employees: 250

Products: Auto fluid systems

Top executive: Alexander Kedrov, general manager

Urban Science

Based: Detroit

Operations: One office in Moscow

Employees: 6

Products: Business performance optimization solutions, including consulting and proprietary software

Top executive: Pablo Tellería, managing director

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