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International conference of Russian and German young leaders in Saint-Petersburg 16.09.2013

Fifth Annual Conference of Russian and German young leaders took place in Saint-Petersburg on September 12-15. Participants discussed current issues in business, politics, culture and media. Team-building events were organized to strengthen ties between Russian and German participants.   Mr. I. Veselov, General Director, Agency for regional development of Kaluga Region, took part in the conference. Mr. I. Veselov told the audience about fundamentals of successful development of business environment in the region and about the strategy of economic growth and noted that “it is necessary to speak a common language while talking to business”. 

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AstraZeneca proceeds for construction of full cycle facility for production of innovative drug formulations 16.09.2013

AstraZeneca proceeds for second construction phase of its own high-tech plant at Vorsino Industrial Park, Kaluga Region, which will include full cycle pharmaceutical production facility. Total volume of investments in the construction of the plant will amount to approximately $187 mln, from which more than $100 mln will be allocated for the second phase. Initially the launch of construction of the full cycle facility was scheduled for 2014, but dynamic project development and also openness and involvement of the regional administration enabled the company to proceed for the second phase ahead of schedule. The launch of production of solid drug formulations is expected for 2016, and the full cycle production capacity will be 500 million tablets per year. About thirty innovative AstraZeneca drug formulations will be manufactured at the plant to treat diseases in such therapeutic areas as oncology, cardiology, gastroenterology, psychiatry and pulmonology.

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Future of pharmaceutical cluster discussed in Obninsk Scientific Center 12.09.2013

Roundtable discussion “Support mechanisms for pharmaceutical and medical industry. Optimization of regional advantages” took place in Obninsk, Kaluga Region, within the frame of regional ROADSHOW “Modern technologies in “Modern technologies in medicine and pharmaceutical industry”. It was highlighted that the growth and development of innovative efforts and investment potential of pharmaceutical and medical industry in the region depend on successful dialog between representatives of authorities and pharmaceutical industry.    Measures of support for pharmaceutical and medical companies, assistance in implementing developments of Russian companies in cooperation with foreign manufacturers should be at the center stage of attention.

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Kaluga Gets Third Place in the Urban Environment Quality Rating 10.09.2013

Kaluga got the honorable third place in the urban environment quality rating of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment. The regional center yielded only to Kursk and Moscow. Experts from the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment evaluated the safety of urban environments in major Russian cities. Contenders were judged by sever rating criteria, including the quality of air, ponds, domestic water and power consumption. Attention was also paid to waste management, environmental friendliness of transport, and ecological impact management.

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AUTOEVOLUTION 2013: Development of the Automotive Business in New Economic Conditions 06.09.2013

September 6 was the day of the official opening ceremony of the AutoEvolution 2013 International Forum on Development of Automotive and Auto Components Manufacturing in Russia. The focus was on new economic conditions for increasing the potential for development of the automotive business in Russia, assessment of realities by market participants and authorities, and manufacturers’ strategies. Chen Chuquing, General Manager of Fuyao Glass Rus, greeted participants with a welcome address: “We are the second largest glass manufacturer in the world. We now have a presence in Russia. We would like to express our gratitude to regional authorities. <…> Our investments in Russia will total EUR 300 million. On the initial stage, we will produce 1 million of glass sets per year. Our plans include, firstly, localization, and creation of jobs – more than 5,000. We will also form a local team of managers and technical specialists. You are all invited to the opening ceremony of our plant tomorrow!” Segei Tselikov, General Director of Autostat: “The Russian automotive industry has become the first in Europe based on results for August’.  

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Kaluga Delegation at INNOPROM 2013 Industrial Exhibition 10.07.2013

On July 11-14, 2013 Kaluga Government delegation headed by Ruslan Zalivatsky, Deputy Governor of Kaluga Region,  is to attend INNOPROM 2013 Industrial  Exhibition held in Yekaterinburg at Yekaterinburg Expo annually  since 2010. Within the framework of Investment Climate of Russian Regions: Foreign Investors' Point of View round table  Ruslan Zalivatsky will discuss issues related to cooperation between government authorities and business. For instance, he will speak of Kaluga Region's experience in the field of   investment projects' implementation. It is worth mentioning that nine industrial parks with the territory if about 5,600 ha have been established in Kaluga Region. 76 companies built their production facilities there.  Apart from that Lyudinivi Special Economic Zone also offers excellent conditions for hi-tech sectors development. Its core objective is to ensure industrial modernization in the southern part of Kaluga Region. Ilya Veselov, Director General, Agency for Regional Development of Kaluga Region,  will also take part in the discussion on top economic priorities in Russian-Chinese relations A strategic approach to cooperation with Chinese companies is required taking into consideration the active development of Kaluga automotive cluster. A record number of official foreign delegations will attend INNOPROM 2013. John Sloan, Canadian ambassador to the Russian Federation, will deliver a speech at the exhibition. Ambassadors of Iraq, UAE, Algeria, Oman, Palestine, Sudan, Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Mauritania, Marocco, Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua and other countries are also on the list of visitors.     

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FabLab Model Spectr, Center for Youth Innovative Creativity, to Be Opened in Kaluga 02.07.2013

On July 8, 2013 an official FabLab Model Spectr opening ceremony will be held in Kaluga. FabLab Model Spectr, a center for youth innovative creativity, is a member of global hi-tech digital laboratory network.  FabLab Model Spectr, a center for youth innovative creativity, is an open laboratory for young people. It has a complete set of modern electronic equipment (laser and milling tools,   3D printers, 3D scanners, etc.) required to create prototypes of various products and devices, realize promising design ideas. Such equipment is necessary for technical creative work. The center will organize three laboratories to design and build aircraft, ship and robot models.   The idea behind FabLab Model Spectr creation is to promote and support scientific and creative works of children and youth, to teach how to use modern process equipment   and software. Entrepreneurial projects are to be implemented by the center. Such projects will provide for small-batch production of unique items with a view of participating in national and regional youth entrepreneurs’ support programs.   

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Kaluga Region Hosts Its First ASQ (American Society for Quality) Exam for Russia 17.06.2013

Now ASQ training and certification are available in Kaluga and Obninsk

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On HR Initiatives 28.05.2013

On May 24, 2013 the Day of France was held in the French Embassy in Moscow. The event was organized within the framework of the Presidential Program. The key topic of the forum was cooperation between France and Russia, including the development of French industrial initiatives in the Russian regions.  It was mentioned that dual education system had been introduced in Kaluga Region: automotive industry training/re-training center was established, robotics and mechatronics laboratory was opened at Bauman Moscow State Technical University Kaluga Branch, which  expands the University's R&D capabilities as well as its capability in the field of practical training of professionals for the automotive industry. In the course of the event representatives of  L’Oréal, Porcher, Renault, Schneider Electric shared their views and spoke of various initiatives.   Kaluga Region is interested in development of cultural relations and promotion of science and new technology information exchange with France. The following projects are being implemented in Kaluga Region: PCMA Rus OOO (Peugeot, Citroen, Mitsubishi vehicles manufacturing); Forecia Automotive Development OOO; L'Oreal ZAO (production of cosmetics); Porcher Modern Technologies OOO (industrial textile production), etc. 

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Business Development Center Opens in Kaluga 20.05.2013

On May 20, 2013 an official ceremony of Sberbank of Russia Business Development Center and new office of State Entrepreneurship Support Foundation of Kaluga Region opening was held within the framework of Kaluga Entrepreneurship Week. The event was attended by Anatoly Artamonov, Kaluga Region Governor, Sergey Borisov, Vice President, Sberbank of Russia OAO, Yury Ismagilov, First deputy Chairman of the Board of Srednerussky Bank (Sberbank of Russia OAO) and other officials.   The Business Development Center Mission is to provide financial and other support to SMEs. The list of support areas  includes business planning,  business launch and growth (entering new markets, leading positions attaining).  Entrepreneurs may hold workshops, webinars, negotiations and conferences in dedicated offices of the center. In the course of the event Business Environment portal (Sberbank project) was presented. The project provides for promotion of business and forming a platform for business representatives' discussions and interaction.   Sergey Borisov said: "The new center will become a place where we are to provide access to knowledge and build a system to support business.  We should do our best to ensure success for businesses. <…> Kaluga Region is a unique region building its efficient development strategy. It holds the leading positions in terms of anchor investors' concentration".  

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