Radiovolna changes profile
Grodno enterprise launching seat belt production line for Volkswagen Jetta
By Veniamin Mikhalchenko
Since October 15th, Polish specialists have been training and a pilot batch of Jetta seat belts is to be sent for testing in Europe. Training of specialists should be complete by the end of the year, allowing steady supply to the German company in Nizhny Novgorod, where the assembly line of this model of Volkswagen is located.
An agreement on intentions has been signed with the Russian enterprise, allowing Grodno seat belts to replace those previously imported from Poland and Germany. Its seat belts will also be used in the Skoda Octavia and Skoda Yeti — assembled in Nizhny Novgorod.
Installation of necessary equipment will begin this year at the Grodno enterprise, which has experience of working with well-known car manufacturers. Over 500 modifications are produced: for the Volkswagen Golf A5, A5+ and A6, the Transporter T5 and Audi TT.
The existing production line for electro conductive seat belts is being extended as part of an investment project worth 5 million Euros, implemented in the Grodnoinvest FEZ. Leading Japanese and Finnish companies are taking part, being manufacturers of electrical equipment for auto giants Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems (Europe) Ltd. and PKC Group.
Over 300 jobs are to be created at Nizhny Novgorod by late 2013 while the 5-year investment project involves the creation of about 1,600 jobs.
Radiovolna is a former conversion enterprise involved in a variety of production relating to radio-technical, with a closed production cycle. Until 2004, it specialised in the development, production and sale of consumer goods (radios, TV sets and garage locks) and those for industrial purposes (car and tractor batteries, ignition switches and locking devices). It then re-oriented towards seat belts and other car components.