JSC RVC and PJSC UEC-Saturn, a member of the JSCUnited Engine Corporation (UEC), which is part of the State Corporation «Rostec», are launching a permanent start-up accelerator in terms of the first Russian test site of high technologies. The test site for advanced production solutions is being created by PJSC UEC-Saturn in terms of NTI implementation. It is going to be the first Russian-based site for trying out ideas and developments, which in future will allow Russian enterprises to switch to a new concept of production organization – “Factories of the Future”. Search, expertise and training of start-ups will be based on the GenerationS accelerator, the largest tech-up accelerator in Russia and Eastern Europe, conducted by RVC.
The concept of the first Russian test site at the premises of PJSC UEC-Saturn was developed under the “Technet” road map, which is part of the National Technological Initiative. The plan is to bring 20 technologies to industrial use in the next three years.
The first 15 projects to be accelerated were selected in 2016 by PJSC UEC-Saturn jointly with RVC, the Institute of Advanced Production Technologies of St. Petersburg Polytechnic University and CompMechlab. In 2017 some of these projects are to be industrially launched as pilot projects. The corporate management has set the task to create a permanent accelerator to be operated on the test-site jointly with the RVC's GenerationS.
The solutions to be tested will be selected under the TechNet track during GenerationS accelerator. The companies can apply until October 15 by filling out a questionnaire on the accelerator site. Areas of project selection: digital design and modelling, additive technologies, industrial Internet, sensorics, robotics, CNC technologies. Each application will be subject to a multi-stage examination, up to 20 project teams will be selected in the accelerator.
At the round table “Venture capital investment tools in Russian corporations”, which was part of INNOPROM-2017, Dmitry Ivanov, Director for Innovative Development of PJSC UEC-Saturn, spoke about the need to create a testing ground, where young companies can enter the active production. “With the help of a test site, we will try to remove another barrier, so that project teams can get access to production and experience technologies. We plan to dothis in the next 2–3 years in the production system of a new industrial structure, – Dmitry Ivanov noted. – This year, as part of the GenerationS TechNet track according to the results of the accelerated program,the companies , will have the opportunity to refine their technologies during six months until they can be industrially implemented. It is the next step in eliminating barriers so that a startup could enter a large production site,” – emphasized the director for innovative development at PJSC UEC-Saturn.
In the future, PJSC UEC-Saturn plans to consider options for purchasing technological solutions that will be successfully tested and refined at the test site. The enterprise is also working out possible mechanisms for acquiring shares in the solution-producing companies through the profile funds of the State Corporation «Rostec».
“UEC-Saturn has already gone a long way in building open innovation; we have been successfully cooperating for three years with GenerationS, the largest accelerator in Russia and Eastern Europe. To implement the NTI's “Technet” road map at the premises of UEC-Saturn, we have developed the concept of a Smart Factory, the first Russian technology testing ground. Today, UEC-Saturn implements unique initiatives that will be help Russian companies to introduce innovations in complex production systems,” – Mikhail Antonov noted, Deputy General Director for the Development of RVC Innovation Infrastructure.
JSC RVC is a government fund of funds, the Institute of Development of the Russian Federation. The main objectives of JSC RVC: stimulate creation of Russia's own venture capital industry and execute functions of the Project Office of the National Technology Initiative (NTI). The authorized capital of JSC RVC is more than 30 billion roubles. One hundred per cent of the RVC capital belongs to the Russian Federation represented by the Federal Agency for Management of State Property of the Russian Federation (Federal Property Management Agency). The total number of funds formed by JSC RVC has reached 25; their total size is 35.1 billion rubles. The share of JSC RVC is 22.5 billion rubles. The number of innovative companies approved for investment by RVC funds has reached 211. The aggregate volume of invested funds is 16.9 billion rubles.
PJSC UEC-Saturn is an engine-building company, that specializes in development, production and after-sales service of gas turbine engines for military and civil aviation, power generating and gas pumping units, ships and boats. PJSC UEC-Saturn is a part of JSC United Engine-Building Corporation and is the head enterprise of the division Engines for Civil Aviation, which is a business unit of the UEC.
PJSC UEC-Saturn is a member of the All-Russian Industry Association of Employers “Union of Machine Builders of Russia”, the Yaroslavl Regional Branch of the All-Russian Public Organization “Union of Machine Builders of Russia” is headed by the Managing Director of PJSC UEC-Saturn V. A. Polyakov.
JSC United Engine Corporation (part of State Corporation «Rostec» ) is an integrated structure specializing in the development, serial production and servicing of engines for military and civil aviation, space and navy programs, as well as oil and gas and energy industries. One of the UEC priority activities is the implementation of integrated programs aimed at developing industry-specific enterprises capable of creating new technologies on par with international standards.
State Corporation «Rostec» is a Russian government corporation established in 2007 to assist in the development, production and export of high-tech civilian and military products. It consists of more than 700 organizations, of which 11 holding companies are currently engaged in the military-industrial complex, 3 are in civilian industries, as well as more than 80 direct management organizations. Rostec's portfolio includes such well-known brands as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, Kalashnikov Concern, Russian Helicopters, VSMPO-AVISMA, Uralvagonzavod, etc. The Rostec organizations are located in 60 subjects of the Russian Federation and supply products to the markets of more than 70 countries. The consolidated revenue of Rostec in 2016 reached 1 trillion 266 billion rubles, the consolidated net revenue reached 88 billion rubles, and EBITDA was 268 billion rubles. The average corporate salary in 2016 was 44,000 rubles. According to Rostec's strategy, the main goal of the Corporation is to ensure Russia's technological advantage in highly competitive global markets. One of Rostec's key tasks is the introduction of a new technological structure and the digitization of the Russian economy.