The implementation of the project for the construction of an agricultural machinery plant in the Ramonsky district of the Voronezh region by the French concern KUHN is at the stage of design and survey work and coordination of technical conditions for connection to the Voronezhenergo electric networks, said the head of the Ramonsky region Nikolai Frolov.
It is planned that by the end of 2018 these activities will be completed.
Recall that the first phase of the project involves an investment of 380 million rubles. Ex-governor Alexei Gordeev “brought” the investor to the region after the Voronezh delegation left for the concern’s parent company in French Saverne.
Negotiations on the construction of a new plant have been ongoing since 2015, and in October KUN Vostok LLC bought 19 hectares of industrial purpose 20 km from the regional center to implement this project. About a month ago, the concern officially confirmed its intention to build a plant in the Voronezh region. The vice-president of the production concern, Jean-Luc Colleen, explained that KUN Vostok LLC had chosen a region to implement its project in a number of ways. Among them are good sales markets, the availability of qualified personnel, and favorable economic conditions created by the regional government.
The KUHN concern was founded in 1828 by the blacksmith Joseph Kuhn in the French Saverne and first specialized in the production of scales and weighing instruments. Since 1864, produces agricultural equipment. In 2002, a plant was opened in the United States - the first KUHN production outside of France. The main product type is mounted and trailed agricultural machinery for sowing, tillage, fodder harvesting, and crop care. In total, the group produces 3 thousand items of various equipment. It has representative offices in 21 countries of the world. The geography of production covers France, Holland, the USA, Brazil, Argentina, the total staff is more than 5 thousand people. The group’s turnover is 1 billion euros per year, and it is planned to increase it to 1,4 billion euros by 2020. Since 2008, a subsidiary company KUN Vostok has been operating in Russia. In 2016, it worked with a revenue of 1,27 billion rubles and a net profit of 9,6 million rubles.