Vaderstad – in Russia’s Agricultural Heartland!

On 8 February, the Swedish company Vaderstad-Verken AB officially opened a new factory in Russia. Drilling and soil tillage equipment famous for its perfect quality has found its “second homeland” in the Liskinsky district, Voronezh region. 

At present, the Vaderstad production is focused on large pneumatic Rapid AC combi drills and TopDown cultivators. These are the implements most popular with Russian agricultural producers. This summer, the factory will also start manufacturing Rapid mechanical seed drills, Seed Hawk precision seed drills, and Carrier stubble cultivators. In 2012, the production line will be extended with Rapid pneumatic seed drills as well as with new products developed by the Vaderstad Group: Spirit seed drills and the light cost-effective Swift cultivators. In the long-term, the production is going to be expanded to include the full range of Vaderstad agricultural equipment. At present, the daily output of the factory is one Rapid seed drill and two Top Down cultivators. The assembly of each aggregate is performed by 2-3 specialists. The factory currently employs 12 people. At the new enterprise, this number will be increased to 40 workers at least.

At this point, the assembly is organized on a production site leased from AgroCentreLiski, Vaderstad’s long-established partner. In the near future, the construction of their own assembly plant will begin in Podsobnoye Khozyaistvo village, Liskinsky district, Voronezh region. A 50 ha land plot has already been designated to accommodate not only manufacturing facilities, but also a site for field demonstration of the equipment. Completion is scheduled for the end of 2012.

“Investment in the development of Vaderstad production in Russia is a guarantee of our reliable, long-term cooperation,” points out Christina Stark, Managing Director of Vaderstad-Verken AB. “So far, we have invested about ?2m in this project. Geographic proximity to the customer is also very important to enhance the company’s position in Russia, which presents a powerful strategic market. We are inspired by the fact that our equipment has won the trust of Russian agricultural producers and specialists. We are grateful for the cooperation and support given us by Aleksey Gordeyev, the Governor of the Voronezh region, by the Liskinsky District Administration and by AgroCentreLiski. Now there is a part of Vaderstad in the agricultural heartland of Russia – the Voronezh region.”

After visiting the production site, Governor of Voronezh region Aleksey Gordeyev noted that “the appearance of one of the world’s leading manufacturers of agricultural machinery in the Liskinsky district is the best indicator of the progress made by the local administration in creating a favourable investment climate.”