American Rail Firm in MOU with Russian Transport Ministry and #EPK

The document provides for the localization of the production of cassette bearings for innovative rolling stock

During Transport Week, the RF Ministry of Transport, the Russian bearing manufacturer EPK and the American holding company #Amsted Rail signed a memorandum of cooperation. This was reported in the YPC press release.

The document is intended to strengthen the political and legal basis for the further localization of modern cassette bearings for innovative railway rolling stock, which has been developing since 2009 based on American technologies in Saratov. It enshrines the intention of the parties to maximize the degree of localization of technologies in Russia and subsequently transfer them to the Russian industrial sector.

“As a result of the implementation of the steps stipulated by the memorandum, the Russian bearing industry will be able to become independent of imports and ensure the coverage of Russian demand for innovative products,” the statement says.

According to the head of the Federal Agency for Railway Transport Vladimir Tokarev, the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation strives to ensure that domestic enterprises cover 100% of the demand for bearings. “We expect to do it soon,” he said.

YPC Chairman of the Management Board Alexander Moskalenko noted that the signing of the memorandum was the result of a heated discussion about the need for a mandatory transition to a cassette bearing for all freight cars.

Marcus Montenecourt, Vice President – Executive Director for International Affairs of Amsted Rail, stressed that today more than 100 thousand innovative freight cars on Russian railways are equipped with cassette bearings produced at a joint venture with EPK.

“We started small, with assembling cassette bearings in Saratov from components supplied from the USA. The introduction of new technologies and materials takes time, and by now we have significantly increased the level of localization, bringing it to the standards established by the Government of the Russian Federation. However, we do not intend to stop at this – and this determination to go further is recorded in the document signed today, ”he concluded.

At a meeting of the Scientific and Technical Council of the Union of Carriage Builders, held with the participation of representatives of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, representatives of industry organizations came to the conclusion that the production of cars with an axle load of up to 27 tf is in demand on the market.

Transport Week – 2020 is held from 16 to 20 November in Moscow at Gostiny Dvor with the support of the Russian government. The Transport Week includes the Transport of Russia exhibition, the Transport of Russia forum and other events.(

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