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Operations Management Practical Experience: MBA Kingston/RANEPA students visit Kaluga Region to see the investment atmosphere and visit manufacturing plants

Operations Management Practical Experience: MBA Kingston/RANEPA students visit Kaluga Region to see the investment atmosphere and visit manufacturing plants

The MBA Kingston/RANEPA students were invited by the Governor’s office to visit the Kaluga region. On 15 May the students after finishing their Operations and Debating module left for Kaluga. Kaluga Oblast is a federal subject of Russia. Its administrative center is the city of Kaluga. Kaluga region’s investment portal looks very rich and strong. Industrial parks are the key business products that Kaluga Region offers to investors. Industrial parks represent comprehensively prepared land plots having clearly stated legal rights, necessary infrastructure, and utilities. The list of their advantages includes the possibility to place any production facilities at the proposed sites: from pharmaceutical companies to car-manufacturing plants, and the investor does not bear any hidden or extra costs. The 7th annual business mission of the Association of Industrial Parks to Japan took place on May 13-17, 2019. The business mission is to promote the development of trade and economic relations between Russia and Japan, as well as to expand the pool of joint Russian-Japanese investment and technology projects. Today 97 investment projects are being implemented in the territory of industrial parks.

On the 15th evening, the group reached the famous ETHNOMIR where they all stayed. ETHNOMIR is a unique project featuring a small model of the diverse earth population in a territory of about 90 ha. The key principle behind the ETHNOMIR concept is equality of all cultures regardless of economic development level or international status of a given country. The students stayed in India and Sri Lanka hotels. Students enjoyed the atmosphere and culture of each country. On 16th the guide showed the museum of different countries.

The students first visited the industrial park “VOSRINO” where they were taken to manufacturing plants of Laminam, Samsung and Freight Village. Laminam opened its manufacturing in the year 2017 and is famous for producing tiles 1000*3000 mm with a thickness of 3mm and 5 mm. The quality control procedure is very high.

Samsung has a huge manufacturing plant and in 2018 they celebrated their 10th year in Kaluga. This is an electronic giant for South Korea. They showed the factory and production line. They demonstrated proudly their new televisions, washing machines, and interactive board.

Freight Village Vorsino is a very modern includes logistics, customs, and real estate development businesses. The Group offers warehouse and industrial facilities for rent and owner-occupation, industrial land for sale and delivers rail container terminal and customs services to the market, as well as developing large-scale industrial and residential projects. It is the biggest multimodal industrial-logistics center in Russia.

The busy and useful day finished with a great lunch. The Deputy Governor Vladimir Popov addressed the students and shared his experience of working in regions. He mentioned about strategy and willingness to create business and investment atmosphere in the region. He showed a clear growth chart and with some Q&A sessions, the trip ended. Million thanks to Vladimir Popov for making the event happen.

It was a memorable trip for the MBA group and we all said “Adieu Kaluga we will be back”……

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