Almaz Antey Avangard machine building plant At the Forefront of the defense industry
Link has photos of the plant. Essentially this is the plant that makes the ammunition for the S-400 air defense systems.
- Average Wage is 90K Rubles
- 1/3 of the workforce is under 35 years old. Majority of the workforce is younger. Eldest is 93! years old
- Only makes Munitions or Repairs/Upgrade munitions for S-400 AD
- Does not make any of the components but assembles them into missiles.
- Currently only plant that is doing this but hinted that they are working on a "backup" facility.
- Building a sports Arena for their workers as its in huge demand
- Workers get free meals from the company
- Woman work here too (duh, they done so longer than US has)
- They have key connection to various universities for education.
- Export production component base can be different, by agreement with the acquiring party. In addition, export products are more constricted and "roughened" specifications
Moscow machine-building plant "AVANGARD", founded in 1942 for the production of aircraft engines and repair of aircraft, today considered one of the key enterprises for the production of anti-aircraft guided missiles in Russia. On the current situation, achievements, plans and working conditions in the factory said its CEO Alexander Medvedev buckets.
— What is the role of the plant "Avangard" in the defense industry?
— Our plant is a part of the concern aerospace defense "Almaz-Antey" — a large holding of the military‑industrial complex, the leader in the segment systems for the aerospace defense of the Russian Federation.
Our company is engaged in serial production and repair of missiles for air defense missile systems of various ranges. Our plant is not the enterprise of a full cycle: we get components from other companies of the group, we turn them into the product and pass on to the customer.
I am proud that "vanguard" is unique: at the moment he's the only rockets all types of anti-aircraft missile systems s-400, which are on arms of the Russian army, and export contracts. Soon will start the enterprise-backup, but so far all the missiles for the complex are made only for us.
— Is there a high demand for the company's products?
— Our products are in part produced by concern "Almaz-Antey" complexes are widely demanded inside the country and abroad. Among our customers are "sophisticated" customers, such as Turkey, India and China, who would not buy weapons, not corresponding to all modern standards. I can assure you that foreign buyers are very satisfied with our products, it is cheaper and more effective than any Western counterparts.
— Are there differences between the products manufactured for our market and export?
-Export production component base can be different, by agreement with the acquiring party. In addition, export products are more constricted and "roughened" specifications.
That is, we do not create weapons against himself?
— Yes, "his" weapon for "their" a priori can not shoot. If you exaggerate, our troops are more accurate, longer-range and faster missiles. Foreign buyers know about it, is one of the conditions of cooperation.
— What are the difficulties currently facing the company, and You as its leader? (We know You take two a high post: the General Director of MMZ AVANGARD and Deputy General Director for production and technology policy concern "Almaz-Antey" how do You do it? )
In fact, it is difficult for me, I don't know how time — 24 hours in a day is not always enough. The concern's enterprises are scattered across the country, and I always have to go on business trips often require personal presence to verify the execution of a plan, a particular task or solve contentious issues. Save modern means of communication, besides, we built the logistics to get the documents online.
Share headache of any Manager of the plant, which performs the state defense order. I as the CEO are responsible for the final product, but even without that little gadget it does not work. For example, they may lack some specific nail Polish because the company anywhere in Nizhny Novgorod have suspended production. In this case, we have to get out quickly to look for doubles or to help to solve the problems of the Nizhny Novgorod enterprises. There is also the problem that occasionally someone from the suppliers refused to supply us with components or trying to deliver poor quality products — the good, the serious plant input control. Otherwise, we have everything you need: planning, personnel, and equipment. Everything runs like clockwork — you just have to have.
— What are the key results of the past year?
— Last year we implemented a new product, and production volume rose by almost a third! Recently our company was 77 years old, and we held a large-scale modernization. We are engaged in the reconstruction of distributive electrical networks launched modular boiler to replace the old, purchased and installed new equipment and carry out major repairs of buildings. It is very important for the entire enterprise stage, so control of the discipline we have in the army: all builders — two hundred people — in the morning lined up in a row, and we check the other leaders that they were provided with overalls and really wanted to work.
I can say that modernization concerns not only equipment and facilities but also the personnel management system, attitude of employees to work.
— Do you involve the factory youth?
— No doubt! We have agreements with such educational establishments as the MAI, MGTU im. N. Uh. And Bauman MSTU "Stankin". We hold open days and tours, during which you can see how we have arranged the work. For young professionals with additional payments. All these measures are very effective: we have about three thousand employees, and about a third of them under the age of 35 years. Of course, we have elders — the oldest of the employees of 94 years.
— Formed does the plant labor dynasties?
— There are a few cases where we work with three or four generations of one family. It is the workers - like welcome. But we are against nepotism, especially if we are talking about procurement and supply.
— If you have a traditionally female profession?
— In one of the shops knit harness is, if to simplify, thick bundles of thin wires, some semblance of a braid of the car, only more complex. This is a very important element of the rocket, it can be compared with the blood vessels — so the work is extremely demanding. The staff of the shop made a bundle with all the connections and connectors, it is very important to distinguish between wires of different lengths. Men, of course, also can handle, but it's better this hard work turns out in women. Still don't understand why.
— What are the conditions the company offers to employees?
— I'll start with the fact that we have an average salary — more than 90 thousand rubles. In addition, there are a number of incentive payments. So, this year introduced a provision on the excellent quality, allows you to receive 20% raise. The employees themselves determine the best of the workshops and departments, guided by defined criteria.
We also have free meals in the canteen for 600 employees of hazardous industries and housing Commission, which provides place in dormitory or pays those who rents an apartment. Functioning in the Union, many employees receive vouchers to rest homes, their children to children's camps.
— Share what steps the company development planned for the near future?
— Modernization is in full swing, soon we will begin to build a new electroplating workshop. Building your own sports complex. We conducted a survey among employees and found out that it is important for them to have within walking distance a modern sports complex. Until this is implemented, we partially compensate the cost of the subscription in fitness rooms. Moreover, the factory has sports teams in various sports that show good results in urban and regional tournaments. Not so long ago, our football team took first place in the championship among the enterprises of the defense industry.
The company's management is ready to meet new challenges, to increase the amount of work and products, to execute new projects, including to implement a program for diversification of production, and of course, improve the social climate of the enterprise. Will say that my job is responsibility to subordinates and colleagues, to foreign buyers and the home country. It's a challenge that I accept every day and do everything possible to adequately deal with it.