I've been working around the clock over the last 7 days, wasting my holidays on compiling a mega-list of Russian brands and producers.
Little did I realize just how big an undertaking this was going to be. Literally, I'm still just scrapping the iceberg. I've been dedicating nearly all my time to researching Russian watch-makers for the past 3 days.. and I still haven't found all of them!
Big kudos to TheArmenian
for the shared common interest in Russian producers, and for helping me out with his own research and knowledge. Anyone else who wants to contribute is certainly welcome!
Research is of course neccessery, and far from every company freely publicizes information on where it produces or even if its production is in Russia or abroad.
It's also hard to sometimes just figure out - which company belongs to which other, which ones are part of a corporations, whether to list a holding's companies separately or just list the holding.. and this being Russia with its opaque oligarchical-founded management structures; it's sometimes quite hard to determine even simple things, requiring reading assessment in order to come to the right conclusion.
However since I'm interested in those Russian & Foreign brands/companies that actually produce in Russia, with their own production capabilities - I have no choice but to do my best to get to the bottom of things.
That's the first list in fact - a list of all goods produced in Russia, with each category harboring the companies that actually produce that product in Russia with their own production capacities.
The second is reserved for Russian & Foreign brand names with none of their own production, or for the goods of those producers that aren't made by those producers directly but are contracted out to be produced elsewhere. However, the production in this case must still be in Russia.
The third list is like the second, except only for Russian brands, and for goods that are produced outside Russia, rather than inside Russia. For the most part - and I'm not going to hide this - this is like a list of shame; given that +80% of the branded-goods listed here are just Russian brands contracting out some cheap, low-quality production in China and then flogging these cheapo goods in Russia.
However there are exceptions. For example Yota, which produces its phones in China but with good quality control and unique features and designs. Or Interskol, who produces garden/lawn equipment in Spain's former Casals Herramientas factory, that Interskol acquired a few years back. Volmax is another one - having set up a manufacturing company in Switzerland, it now produces 2/3 of its watch brands there.
After those 3 lists there is a list of the companies/brands that were referenced; along with their websites. And then also a listing of different brands and their ownership by company.
I will be reformatting the list of companies/brands, perhaps to categorize them by industry and also using a color-code to indicate their size (sole-trader, SME, large companies, corporations, holdings/conglomerates). That will come later.
I propose to use this thread to post news and info about Russian consumer products; at least for those that there aren't already running threads on.
I'll also post some things here on occasion about my own findings, the hidden gems I've found so far out in the rough, and also the lemons you might want to avoid. I'll probably do my first post on Russian watches & clocks, stay tuned. For now though, although this list is very much still a work in progress and is only a fraction of the size it'll ultimately grow to - I'm taking a well deserved break. As interesting as this all is, this is all exhausting work, especially the research - and I don't want to spend the rest of my dwindling holiday holed-up in front of my computer writing up a catalog. Enjoy!