Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) has shut down its programs with Caterpillar and Bombardier owing to Western sanctions against Russia, CEO Oleg Sienko told Interfax.
“The sanctions are having an effect. There are difficulties with payments. We have closed several programs with partners: locomotive production with Caterpillar, and metro car production with Bombardier. There are certain problems at our enterprises abroad. Everything is more or less normal with Polish Pesa, because our joint venture is located in Russia,” Sienko said at a briefing on Thursday.
Caterpillar diesel and electric locomotive manufacturer Electro-Motive Diesel Inc signed a protocol of intent with UVZ in December 2013 to study development and construction of mainline locomotives in Russia. Caterpillar planned to assemble SD70Ace diesel locomotives at UVZ production facilities. The first stage of the project called for test operation of a Caterpillar-delivered locomotive in Russia.
In addition, UVZ and Bombardier Transport & Services planned to set up a joint venture to manufacture metro cars in Moscow under an agreement signed at the Hannover Messe trade fair in April 2013. The agreement covered joint development, manufacture and maintenance of metro trains for systems in Russia and the CIS.