Kazan Helicopters opens new paint shop
Kazan Helicopters has opened a new painting and finishing workshop.
Kazan Helicopters, part of Russian Helicopters, has opened a new painting and finishing workshop at its base at Kazan in the Republic of Tatarstan.
Vadim Ligai, general director of Kazan Helicopters and deputy CEO of Russian Helicopters, said: “The construction of the new workshop was driven by the plant’s increased production volumes. Using new paint ovens will shorten the helicopter painting cycle by an average of 25-30 per cent, increase application quality and improve working conditions.”
The cost of the new workshop was about RUB 467 million and the investment has increased the capacity by 50 per cent, while the painting cycle has reduced from nine to five hours.
Russian Helicopters launched the upgrade programme in 2008, and has made significant investments: in 2013 investment in production capacities totalled RUB 8.3 billion, an increase of 8.5 per cent on the previous year.
Kazan Helicopters produces Mi-8/17 series helicopters that are operated in over 100 countries worldwide.
Kazan Helicopters expects to launch and begin production of the Mi-38 passenger helicopter.