UTC Aerospace Systems expands heat exchanger production in Russia

Up to 90% of the manufacturer's heat exchangers are exported The manufacturer hopes the new capacities will help it boost sales by 25% in 2018 (NPO Nauka)

Hamilton Standard-Nauka (HS-Nauka), a joint venture between UTC Aerospace Systems and Russia’s NPO Nauka producing heat exchangers for civil aircraft’s air conditioning systems, has launched a second manufacturing line at its site in Kimry, Tver Region.

The company will use the new capacities to boost production and expand the product line, particularly through the assembly of heat exchangers for future Boeing 777X widebodies.

The production growth will allow for a 25% increase in sales in 2018, CEO Roman Chichelov says. The second line is expected to reach its design capacity in 2019, bringing company’s total labor hours up 50% to 450,000.

A total of 300 million rubles ($5.2 million) has bee invested in the second production line so far, with 800 million rubles to come in future, Chichelov adds. The investment project might soon become subject to a special investment contract (SIC), which is currently awaiting the approval of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade. Viktor Evtukhov, a deputy minister, announced at the facility inauguration ceremony that the SIC might be signed shortly.

HS-Nauka opened its firrst production line in Kimry in 2011

The opening ceremony for the second Kimry production line was attended by (left to right): Senator Andrey Yepishin, Tver Region Governor Igor Rudenya, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Viktor Evtukhov, NPO Nauka CEO Evgeny Merkulov, United Technologies’ International Operations Russia President Elena Alexandrova, and UTC Aerospace Systems Electric Systems President Timothy White (NPO Nauka)

HS-Nauka’s products are installed on Boeing 767, 777 and 787 airliners, as well as on Airbus А380s, Bombardier Q400s, CRJ200s, Embraer 135/145/170/190s, Xian MA600s, MA700s, Cessna Citation business jets, Mitsubishi Regional Jets; Tupolev Tu-204/214s; Ilyushin Il-96-300s, Il-114s, Kamov Ка-62s, Mil Mi-38s, etc.

Only 10% of HS-Nauka’s suppliers are Russian-based. This is because the company has very stringent quality standards and places relatively small orders. This might change soon, however. One of the manufacturer’s supply chain localization projects is with aluminum giant RUSAL.

“We are planning to use Russian-sourced semi-finished aluminum products and are currently working on a pre-production batch,” Chichelov explains. “After we have satisfied ourselves that the plan is workable, we will start thinking how to implement it.”

HS-Nauka was established in Moscow in 1994. In order to meet the growing market demand, the company launched another production site, in Kimry, in October 2011. About 90% of the enterprise’s output is exported.

By Evgenia Kolyada

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