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Press Release: MAF – X International Moscow Automotive Forum

Aug 22, 2019

IMAF — X Anniversary International Moscow Automotive Forum will be held on August 27–28 in IEC “Expocentre” within the framework of MIMS Automechanika Moscow 2019 Exhibition.

The main topic of the Forum this year will be “Automotive industry meets the future: Global prospects”.

The first day will be devoted to assessment of the current state, forecast for Russian automotive market development as well as to directions and technologies in the world automotive market development, which the consumers consider to be the most important and attractive.

The plenary session “Future of Russian Automotive Industry” will be attended by:

  • Sigrid De Vries, Secretary General, CLEPA – European Association of Automotive Suppliers
  • Pavel Burlachenko, Director for support of export in automobile production and railway industry, Russian Export Centre
  • Grigoriy Mikryukov, Head of Department for sectors of economy, Analytical Centre or the Government of the Russian Federation
  • Aleksandr Gurko, Co-leader of the working team for development and implementation of the road map of NTI AVTONET, President of Non-commercial Partnership for Promotion of Navigation Technologies Development and Application (GLONASS UNION)
  • Orhan Sabuncu, Vice-President, Uludağ Automotive Industry Exporters’ Association
  • Aleksandr Migal, Managing Director, KIA Motors
  • Axel Bense, General Manager, Mercedes Benz Manufacturing Rus
  • Jan-Hendrik Schmidt, Head of Business Development Department, Volkswagen Group Rus
  • Luka Patrignani, General Director, FCA Russia

Discussions on the subject of future prospects of battery vehicles and unmanned vehicles will not be avoided. The key issues for discussion are:

  • Transport tax abolishment
  • Infrastructure development for disposal of batteries
  • Benefits and subsidies for companies producing battery vehicles and infrastructure elements
  • Can Russia become one of the leaders of the “unmanned revolution” in motor vehicles? Comparison of Russia's readiness for introduction of unmanned technologies with other countries

The second day of IMAF Forum will start with the discussion on localisation of new technologies and innovative components. Both purchasers and supplier of the industry will share their views.


  • Alexander Gershunovich, Vice-President, Joyson Safety Systems Germany GmbH
  • Aleksey Belyaev, Manager for business development and sales, Faurecia
  • Yury Dotsenko, Vice-President, Head of Department for Key Customers Support in Russia, Continental Automotive Group
  • Ksenia Komyagina, Procurement Director, Volkswagen Group Rus
  • Aleksey Zelensky, Head of Production Procurement Department,


During the second day of IMAF Forum the issue of SEZ and cluster-based policy will be discussed as well. Confirmed participants:

  • Diana Ismakova, Director of Department for dealing with residents, Special Economic Zones JSC
  • Sergey Andreev, General Director, JSC “Special Economic Zone of Industrial Production type Tolyatti”
  • Maya Sviridova, Director of North-West AutoProm Cluster, Chairwoman of the Board of St. Petersburg clusters, Head of the Commission for development of small and medium enterprises, National Association of Automotive Component Manufacturers of Russia (NAPAK)
  • Evgeniy Trushin, Deputy General Director for investment generation, Special Economic Zone of Industrial Production type Alabuga
  • Dušan Bušen, Head of Automotive Program, Fori Group
  • Dmitry Dudarev, General Director, JSC “Special Economic Zone of Industrial Production type Lipetsk”

The Forum’s partner country is The Uludag Exporters’ Association (UIB)

The main Internet partner is

The Forum’s partners are DLA Piper; Fori Group

IMAF 2019 is organized by ITEMF Expo together with the Association of European


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