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Uzbekistan ups car production, to introduce new models
The Asaka Automobile Plant of GM Uzbekistan has received the third degree of quality integration into production processes - the BIQ (Built-In Quality) III certificate, the Jahon information agency reports.
Possession of BIQ III will allow the Uzbek car factory to master almost the entire line of cars on global GM platforms. For today, cars are produced under the brands Chevrolet and Ravon, represented by Matiz, Spark (R2), Nexia (R3), Cobalt (R4), and Lacetti (Gentra).
"The certificate has been earned owing to the extensive efforts undertaken at the car factory over the past three years and aimed at ensuring compliance with all quality requirements. Over the past period, the equipment has been completely modernized, its structure has been updated, GM's new systems and machinery for production management have been introduced, and the personnel of the enterprise have been trained in GM plants in South Korea, China, Thailand and India," GM Uzbekistan said in a statement.
To obtain the certificate, the plant had to meet the requirements for 44 indicators in full. The conformity assessment was carried out by specialists of General Motors Corporation from South Korea, China, United States and India. The result showed that the factory's acquiescence to the requirements is 100% with a minimum level of 95.5%.
The certificate was handed to the Uzbek side by GM International Vice-President Phil Kinley.
To date, the auto plant in Asaka employs more than 8 thousand people. It occupies a total area of 72 hectares, with a capacity of about 250 thousand cars a year. In the coming years, it is planned to launch a batch production of two new models at GM Uzbekistan enterprises - the off-roader Tracker and the modernized reproduction of Cobalt.
In general, the production of passenger cars in Uzbekistan in January-April this year grew by 26.4%, exceeding 51 thousand, while automobile engines' manufacturing increased by 37.9% to reach 40,780 units.