Russia leads the world in shipping goods by rail. Rail accounts for 87 percent of total goods transport in the country, compared with 48 percent in North America and 18 percent in Western Europe. But Russian railway rolling stock is largely antiquated, with many of the designs currently in use dating from the Soviet era. There is an urgent need for renewal.
This is precisely what United Wagon Company (UWC) set out to do when it was founded in 2012. The company invested some 1.4 billion euros in a new state-of-the-art manufacturing centre in the town of Tikhvin, some 200 kilometres east of St Petersburg, and began producing a new generation of freight wagons using a Barber bogie design developed in partnership with the US-based Wabtec Corp.
We have highly educated personnel, high-quality components and a comprehensive quality-control system. All of that enables us to set a very high standard.
Igor Korotkov, chief production engineer at TVSZ’s mechanical manufacturing department
The new Tikhvin Freight Wagon Building Plant (TVSZ) is highly automated, with 20 production lines equipped with more than 100 robots. “We have a great advantage over our competitors,” says Igor Korotkov, chief production engineer at TVSZ’s mechanical manufacturing department. “Our factory was built and opened very recently, with new equipment that meets all the necessary specifications and certifications.