International Conference THE INTERREGIONAL PARTNERSHIP IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES’ POLICY: THE MEDITERRANEAN AND BALKAN AREASItalian Presidency Semester of European Union Ancona, 17th and 18th October 2003Marches Region and Lipetsk Region Territorial Partnership Giovanni Sergi,Marches Polytechnical University,Italy
Lipetsk, Central Russia
Lipetsk's Area is 24,100 sqkm wide, whereas the Marches region is just 9,692 sqkm and the Piedmont region is just 25,399 sqkm. The town dwellers account for 789,000 in urban areas and 432,000 in rural areas. Lipetsk is a town with 519,000 residents and is 450 km south-east away from Moscow.
Its railway lines are 746 km long. Its total road network is 8,000 km long. The airport in Lipetsk allows for planes of up to 60 tons to start off. Nowadays it has not been qualified for international flights yet.
The first foundry built in Lipetsk's area dates back to 1643.
In 1931 action plans were started to build a "Kombinat", a large steelwork. Now called NLMK, it employs 40.000 workers.
It is one of the largest steelworks in the Russian Federation. Yet it is a private property.
This is the administrative, industrial and cultural township of the region. Located on a bank of the Voronezh river, it has 519,000 residents. Three universities and the main town facilities are in the city centre. The NLMK steelwork is on the outskirts of the city.
This is one of the 5 most socially and economically prosperous areas in Russian Federation.
In 2001 the GDP of this area exceeded 56 billion rouble (+3% compared to 2000).
2001's production accounted for 17.5 billion rouble: 9.5 billion to the agricultural and food industry and 8 to non-agricultural and food industry.
The manufacturing industry accounts for 56% of the regional GDP.
Its agricultural surface is 3.6 billion acres, 65% of the whole area.
Mining raw material resources for the manufacturing industry are: calc, dolomite, sand, clay, and natural cement.
The unemployment rate is one of the lowest throughout Russian Federation.
Joint signatures for building of Stinol fridge-manufacturing site in Lipesk , 1989
In 2000 Merloni Elettrodomestici purchased 100% of Stinol at 119.3 million USD, the biggest fridge manufacturer of Russia. Along with three local trademarks, Ariston and Indesit, it currently employs 21,000 workers and produces 12 million items. Its turnover accounts for 3 billion EURO and covers 14% of the European Market.
The Russian Stinol company was founded in 1990 in Lipetzk. In 2000 its 100,000 sqm – wide factory produced approximately 700,000 items per year and its turnover was 110 million USD. Stinol had been completely run by Novolipetsk Metallurgical Complex NLMK, designed by Merloni Progetti in 1989, built from 1990 to 1991 and started up in 1993.
In 2003 its output level reached 1.3 million items per year even if its productivity per worker was lower than the one of the Italian factories. The factory currently employs 4,900 workers consisting of young people on the average. 47% of its personnel consists of women.
In May 2003 Merloni Elettrodomestici started building a new factory to produce washing machines in Lipetsk. Merloni's total investment is one billion rouble, little more than 30 million EURO, 50% of which will be allocated to the building and the remaining 50% to the equipment. The new factory is due to open up in spring 2004.
Merloni has worked for years on the action plan aiming at setting up a manufacturing industry district in Lipetsk's area for Russian made items to be used at its Stinol's production site premises and by Russian companies or foreign investors, in particular Italian ones if possible.
This plan, developed in 2002 and 2003, does not only aim at setting up a 40-acre wide industrial area, but is designed to modernize already existing old plants, create new companies able to supply Stinol with the components required by its production process.
Lipestk is one of the five most economically prosperous areas in the Russian Federation thanks to 180 enterprises working in the domain of metallurgy, engineering, electronics, chemistry and buildings.
The policy of the Marches Region aims at supporting and leading internationalisation processes in the industrial districts in the Marches (a)
The policy of the Marches Region aims at supporting and leading internationalisation processes in the industrial districts in the Marches (b)
The policy of the Marches Region aims at supporting and leading internationalisation processes in the industrial districts in the Marches (c)
Integrated Project Progress Made submitted by the Marches Region to the Ministry of Industrial Activities and ICE - Italian Trade Commission
The Integrated Project submitted by the Marches Region to Ministry of Industrial Activities and ICE Italian Trade Commission – was passed by Ministry of Industrial Activities in June 2003. ICE will allocate assets accounting for 200,000 EURO to the first year of the Project.
A further element boosting the collaboration between the Italian Government, the Marches Region and Lipetsk's area will be the Tacis project submitted by the Marches Region and passed by the EU in September 2003. This project will last for 24 months.
UE TACIS Project aims at supporting the Lipetsk Regional Authority in its economic development and employment level increaseSet up of a Service Center Pilot Unit in LipetskProject structure
Technical Scientific Committee
n° 1 Meccano Technical Expert
n° 1 Lipetsk Industrial Associate Technical Expert
n° 1 Ancona University Expert
n° 1 Lipetsk University Expert
Service Center Pilot Unit
n° 1 Administrative Staff
n° 4 Technical Staff