Ganja Auto Plant
|Successor||KiAZ (Kirovabad Automobile Zavod)|
|Products||automobiles, tractors, trucks|
Ganja Auto Plant, is an auto assembly plant situated in the Ganja city in Azerbaijan. The factory was founded in 1986 for a production of run of 30,000 "GAZelle" vans according to the project brief. The commissioning was intended to end in 1989 but following a decision of Ministers Cabinets of USSR the construction of the factory was interrupted and the technological project was given to Bryansk automobile plant. The 256 hectares of territory and 50 hectares of production territory stayed without utilization for 15 years.
Construction of an automobile plant was considered by the government after Azerbaijan had obtained its independence. Since 1994 the giant and famous automobile companies of Italy, Korea, Japan, France and Germany have shown interest in the institution, but negotiations held with them ended without a deal.
In December 2004 Ganja automobile plant restarted manufacturing and the first car built at the factory was sold. In 2008 the plant produced about 600 cars and tractors.
Construction of the plant began in 1986 under the name KiAZ (Kirovabad Automobile Zavod). The production capacity of the plant was designed to produce 30,000 cars. Construction of the plant for the project was supposed to end in 1989, but because of the collapse of the Soviet Union the construction and operation of the plant has been postponed indefinitely. In December 2004 it opened as the Gyandzha Auto Plant and the first car that came out of their production line was presented that year. In the year 2008 the factory produced about 600 vehicles from cars and tractors.
In parallel, this plant used to serve as one example of Azeri government to show progress in diversifying its economy, until recently when the plant acquired rights to assemble KAMAZ products.
Despite the efforts made in this plant by Russian plants, the production is still very low, being just hundreds, where facility on the original idea could accommodate increased production.
- Ganja Automobile Plant History
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