Albert Kahn investing in rail car production plant, potentially with Sistema

According to Russian business daily Kommersant (16 November 2012), US architecture, planning, management and design company  Albert Kahn Associates is participating in the construction of a rail car production plant in Lipetsk at an estimated cost of RUB 14 billion (approximately GBP 278 million), with the capacity to produce 12,000 rail cars a year.

The project is to be implemented by the company Lipetksk Rail Car Construction Plant, which has filed a corresponding request with the authorities for the right to receive the status of resident of the Lipetsk Special Economic Zone, which would provide a significant number of tax breaks.

As well as Albert Kahn Associates, investors may include two businessmen linked to the diversified holding company Sistema. If this is the case, presumably these businessmen would then sell on their interests to Sistema, which has interests ranging rom IT and telecoms, to banking and insurance, media, pharmaceuticals and oil. Sistema has also been developing a rail freight business and sought to buy 25 per cent of Russia’s largest operator Freight One, only to lose out to Vladimir Lisin’s Novolipetsk Steel.


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