Sergei Maksin: in 2015 Shvabe launched production of 350 new items

In an interview with Yulia Chicherina, a correspondent of RIA Novosti news agency, Sergei Maksin, Director General of the holding, told about innovations presented at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2015 by Shvabe Holding, one of the largest manufacturers of optoelectronic devices in Russia, as well as about the company's development plans.

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In an interview with Yulia Chicherina, a correspondent of RIA Novosti news agency, Sergei Maksin, Director General of the holding, told about innovations presented at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2015 by Shvabe Holding, one of the largest manufacturers of optoelectronic devices in Russia, as well as about the company's development plans.

Sergei Valerievich, ShvabeHolding is a long-time member of the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS in Zhukovsky. What did you present here this year?

— We participate in the exhibition since its foundation. This year 46 innovations were presented at the Shvabe exposition.

Such innovations include gyrostabilized day and night target sight systems, optical locating equipment and other devices for airplanes and helicopters.

As the salon is devoted to the aviation and space, we paid special attention to the devices related to these areas. The newest integrated optoelectronic system for new generation aircraft was presented at our stand.

At this exhibition we demonstrate innovative Aurora optoelectronic device. It is the latest innovation of our specialists. Its main purpose is to take images of the earth's surface in panchromatic and multispectral bands. It is planned to install Aurora at small spacecrafts of JSC Space Rocket Centre Progress. This project is implemented jointly with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. The main differences between the innovation and its analogues is ultra-compact design with low weight (only 76 kilograms), having a high resolution and a wide band image capture. The performance indicators of Aurora optoelectronic device exceed 1.5-2 times the performance indicators of the existing foreign analogues.

Were there any new agreements concluded in the framework of the forum?

— In the course of the exhibition our stand was visited by many Russian partners and 32 foreign delegations. For example, representatives of Arab countries took special interest in the equipment for helicopters. In the framework of the forum we signed a major contract with our Chinese partners to supply optical and medical equipment and held a fruitful meeting with the Indian delegation. It should be noted that in the second day of the salon we signed an agreement with Sberbank to grant us a non-revolving line of credit in the amount of more than 4.4 billion rubles. This provides direct evidence that Shvabe reaches a new level of performance and capacity development.

The Holding adopted a development program up to 2020. What its challenges can you highlight and what have been already done?

— Based on the results for the first half of 2015 the company shows 18-20 per cent increase in output and profits. By commodity output and sales revenue we are approaching the 20% growth and the net income growth rate totals 22%.

One of the priorities is the expansion of the product range, as well as the maximum coverage of customer needs in various markets. This year we plan to produce about one thousand kinds of new devices for the gas industry, agriculture and other industries. The production of 350 new products was launched in the first half of this year.

Currently, much attention is paid to the manufacturing of heavy-duty lasers, as well as to the development of medical technologies. I should also point out our innovative microscope MIM-340, which is based on the modulation interference microscopy with a resolution of 0.1 nm in vertical direction (axis Z) and up to 10 nm in the X-Y plane. The device is one of the world's best microscopes with a superflat long-stroke translation stage and nanoscale resolution and it has a wide scope of applications, from medicine to precision engineering, optical industry, materials science and aerospace industry. This year we began supplies of the microscope, and so far a number of leading institutes and medical facilities in our country and abroad have been equipped with it.

In addition, at the end of the year we plan to start production of medical devices allowing to detect the markers of viral diseases just in a drop of any biological fluid. The device will be in quite high demand in the world market. For example, Russia will need about 100 million units.

The holding is developing ideas that could be used for domestic purposes. One of such innovations is a nanofluid. If it is applied to the glass, the mud will not stick to it for a long time. This will relieve many housewives of household chores.

How is Shvabe presented on the world market, is your work affected with western sanctions?

— As to the geography of our cooperation, it is quite extensive. We deliver our equipment to 95 countries.

Undoubtedly, the policy may have an impact on the activities of companies, but if your products are competitive and meet the expectations of foreign partners, actively seeking to cooperate, then there is no problem.

We shouldn’t be afraid of the world market. It is necessary to learn and be able to promote own products, but also to know everything about competitors.

Therefore, we constantly conduct market researches, study demands and market structure. During the year, we participate in over 100 exhibitions worldwide, analyze innovations, explore technology trends and procedures. This helps to quickly respond to market trends and find new ideas in order to be competitive.

In the framework of the development of new areas Shvabe-Munich was founded in 2013.This company became the supplier of parts and components for famous car racing teams, participating in various international competitions. Today, the company fruitfully cooperates with Volkswagen, Audi, Daimler, BMW, McLaren, Porsche and Opel. In the past year, Shvabe Holding supplied units for motor cars of four Formula 1 teams and took part in the project for modernization of the engine of Aston Martin sports car.

For a long time, we have been providing support to Porsche Motorsport implementing project 919. Cooperation with the team to create an exclusive endurable vehicle for the marathon 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of our best joint projects. Impressive results of all three team crews are a clearly evidence of the excellent work. We are proud that we contributed in the incredible success of the team from Stuttgart.

Today Shvabe offers more than six thousand items of optoelectronic devices. Which products are in the highest demand in the Russian and foreign markets?

— It is difficult to single out a segment that would be the most interesting for the consumer. For example, the production of lighting equipment. Today, a number of Russian cities have signed agreements for the supply of our lighting devices. These products interested European partners, who also signed a number of contracts and we are actively cooperating with them.

Our medical line, for example, infant incubators, is very popular both in the domestic market and abroad. This equipment saved over two million children. In the past year, for the first time our medical equipment was delivered to 16 foreign countries.

An example of our cooperation with foreign partners in other areas are long-term contracts for the supply of products to Germany, France, Canada, USA, UAE, China, Latin America and a number of other countries.

Shvabe is a dynamically developing company with a huge range of innovations and proposals for the optoelectronic market. What does "optics" mean to you personally?

— Optics surrounds us everywhere throughout life. We can see optical devices in the Kremlin stars and in the latest innovative microscope as well as in other advanced medical equipment. It helps humanity to develop rapidly, to keep pace with progress and even look into the future.  

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