The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s working visit to AvtoKrAZ

06 March, 2020

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy communicated to PJSC AvtoKrAZ CEO Roman Chernyak at the facilities of our enterprise. They discussed several issues which concern the focus areas of the automobile plant, the quantity of orders, localization of production, problems which expect decisions, in particular, the lack of government programs to support domestic enterprises.

V. Zelenskyy was concerned by the fact that the priority in procurement is provided to foreign equipment manufacturers: “Why do not we support a domestic manufacturer? Our people work here, these are Ukrainian products, we have to resolve the issue of new orders in order for the automobile plant to work stably”.

The Head of State set the task to the Minister of Infrastructure Vladislav Krikliy, the Head of the Poltava Regional State Administration Oleg Sinegubov, the mayor of Kremenchug Vitaliy Maletsky to find an opportunity to place new orders for municipal and road maintenance vehicles at the enterprise to support the automobile plant, especially as about 150 Ukrainian enterprises are involved in their production.

Regarding military  machinery, defense orders, V. Zelensky accepted understandingly the proposal of the CEO R. Chernyak: “In any country of the world the army is predominantly equipped with the domestic machinery. KrAZ vehicles should also become the ‘backbone’ of the Ukrainian army”.

The President of Ukraine examined the exhibition - the range of civil and military KrAZ vehicles: KrAZ-Cougar, KrAZ-Spartan, KrAZ-Hulk, KrAZ-Shrek, KrAZ-Fiona, KrAZ-Shrek-M, KrAZ-5233HE refueller, KrAZ-5401B2, KrAZ-5233H2 wagon truck, KrAZ-6511C4 dump truck, KrAZ-5401H2, KrAZ-63221 chassis (with Euro 6 engine), KrAZ-5401H2 garbage truck, KrAZ-5401С4 combined road maintenance vehicle. It was interesting to the President to look at the cab’s interior and he expressed a desire to be in the driver’s seat of this combined road maintenance vehicle.

At the enterprise’s test and demonstration site (the only polygon in Ukraine for testing heavy wheeled vehicles, including military ones), KrAZ-6322, KrAZ-Spartan, KrAZ-Shrek and KrAZ-Fiona demonstrated the technical capabilities of Ukrainian vehicles for the enterprise’s honored guests and our vehicles successfully overcame all specific obstacles. The comments of the President on the demonstration race: “I am greatly astounded of your vehicles! Good vehicles, I am sure you will have orders”.

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