The Ukrainian Railways joint-stock company (JSC Ukrzaliznytsia) intends to replace imported parts with locally made ones, the company’s head Yevhen Kravtsov has announced. Primarily, it plans to replace parts manufactured in Russia, the CFTS portal reports.

"In 2019, the company needs 230 types of spare parts, which is 575,000 pieces and UAH 1.6 billion for the Ukrainian economy," Kravtsov said.

According to Kravtsov, negotiations are currently being held with the Prozzoro.Sales electronic procurement platform on conclusion of three-year framework agreements. "For domestic producers, this is even better than one-time orders. Owners will be interested in developing their production bases and they will understand the volume of products in the long term," he said.

In addition, according to Kravtsov, Ukrzaliznytsia is ready to invest UAH 13.5 billion more next year, compared with the amount it invested in 2018, including about UAH 8.1 billion in capex and UAH 5.4 billion in routine maintenance.

"In 90% of cases, these funds will go to domestic producers. Our goal is to reduce the cost of acquiring products and make them available because many production bases remained abroad after the collapse of the USSR," Kravtsov said.

As the CFTS reported earlier, Ukrzaliznytsia will produce half as many cars at its own factories in 2019 as in 2018.