Arms manufacturer Kalashnikov plans to convert to MIM technology to make its metal gun parts.
Arms manufacturer Kalashnikov plans to convert to MIM technology to make its metal gun parts.

This forms part of the company’s RUB 5 billion (US$126 million) modernisation programme with the aim to reduce labour costs and generate profits.

After losing its traditional markets for civilian products due to EU and US sanctions, the company has said that it will be orienting itself toward Asia, Africa, and Latin America. 

A balanced granulated mix of fine metal powders and polymeric binders are used as raw material to make Kalashnikov’s gun parts, which then do not require further processing. In 2014-2015, more than 40 new manufactured parts will be introduced, 15 of which have already undergone testing.

“One of our strategic objectives is to increase the competitiveness of our products in the global market through systematic and consistent work aimed at increasing productivity and efficiency said CEO Alexey Krivoruchko. “The projected revenues of Concern Kalashnikov for 2014 are more than RUB 9 billion, compared to the slightly more than RUB 2 billion earned in 2013.” 

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