GAZ Group launched mass production of frames for new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

GAZ Group launched mass production of carrying structures for Mitsubishi Pajero Sport off-road cars produced by PCMA Rus in Kaluga (a joint-venture of French PSA Group and Japan Mitsubishi Motors Corporation).

GAZ Group started production of frames for the new model of Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. The project is implemented under a contract signed by PJSC GAZ and PCMA Rus LLC on welding of frames for Mitsubishi Pajero Sport by PJSC GAZ, application of corrosion-protective coating (phosphating and e-coating) and delivery to assembly line of PCMA Rus in Kaluga. There are two frame types: for vehicles with automatic and manual gearbox.

Frames are manufactured at the site established in 2013 for production of frames for the previous generation of Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. GAZ has set up a welding area (purchased semi-automatic welding machines and air treatment plants, installed equipment for frame transportation along the welding line), commissioned a phosphating line, and modernized the existing e-coating line. The check equipment is submitted by Mitsubishi Motors corporation.

Within the framework of preproduction of frames for the new Mitsubishi car in 2017, GAZ installed new welding equipment delivered by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, carried out training for in-house specialists in the field of specifics of production of carrying structures for the new model.

GAZ Group actively participates in export replacement and development of world-class quality component production. GAZ Nizhny Novgorod site is the base of the specialized cluster of components production for the Russian and foreign OEM’s. Quite a range of automotive component productions are operating within the territory of the company: Matador – IP frames, Lear – seat frames, Sotex – seats, Yapp – fuel tanks, etc. GAZ is also developing in-house and joint production for localizing the modern component base.

In 2012, GAZ launched production of exhaust gas treatment systems together with the European company Bosal, in 2014 set up a joint-venture for production of fastening elements together with the Swedish company Bulten and started production of front axles for VW and Skoda cars, in 2015 GAZ set up production of stamped body parts for Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. In 2016, GAZ was nominated as a supplier of components for Ford Sollers engine plant, started supplying YAMZ-530 engine components, Bulten Rus was nominated as a supplier for industrial projects of Renault-Nissan and AVTOVAZ alliance. In 2017, GAZ was nominated as a supplier of components for brakes manufacturer WABCO. YAMZ engine plant of GAZ Group manufactures engines for Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in Yaroslavl.

Vadim Sorokin, GAZ Group President:

- We are pleased to continue our cooperation with PCMA Rus and have performed the required preproduction in full in order to ensure compliance of the product quality with the requirements of our partner. By implementing such projects, GAZ increases the share of used capacities and staff load, and adapts internationally recognized standards and approaches. Nowadays, we make vehicles and components for the leading global brands and at the same time upgrade in-house production of GAZ vehicles.