Chairman of the Board of the Kryukovsky Carriage Works (KVSZ) Maxim Kramarenko addressed the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmygal, Minister of Strategic Industries Oleg Urusky, Minister of Infrastructure Vladislav Krikliy, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture Igor Petrashko with a letter “On the work of the machine-building industry and the renewal of the freight car fleet.
It says that in the car-building industry of Ukraine over the past 9 years, the number of operating enterprises has decreased by 3 times (from 18 enterprises in 2011 to 6 in the first half of 2020). There was a record reduction in the number of jobs in the industry - 2.5 times (in PJSC KVSZ - 1.4 times). The decline in the sales of freight cars by domestic enterprises in 2020 (compared to 2011) will be about 95%. The export of freight cars dropped catastrophically - 53 times.
The fall of the machine-building industry of Ukraine as a whole according to the results of 10 months amounted to 20.4% in relation to the corresponding period of the last year.
“Further ignoring the situation and the lack of systemic state support for industry will inevitably lead Ukraine to a complete loss of the car-building industry, and the railway sector to ineffective spending of public funds to eliminate the consequences of operating outdated freight cars,” the letter says.
The head of the KVSZ demanded to issue an administrative document of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine regarding the phased renewal of the fleet of freight cars of JSC Ukrzaliznytsia in the period 2020-2025, which will provide for a ban on the import of used freight cars from the Russian Federation, overhaul of rolling stock in twice more often, the implementation of a project to update the fleet of JSC Ukrzaliznytsia only for at least 12-15 thousand cars annually and financing of leasing /credit rates for the purchase of new cars in the amount of 8%.