Nissan Russia drives with Grundfos

Nissan’s first Russian factory wants pumps for energy efficiency and reliability

Nissan’s first Russian automobile factory has chosen Grundfos as preferred supplier of its pump equipment. The Saint Petersburg plant has a capacity to produce 50,000 cars a year, including three models: Teana, X-Trail and Murano.

The factory complies with the Nissan Production Way Manufacturing System, the company’s philosophy and corporate production principles, according to Nissan’s General Director in Russia Dmitry Mikhailov.

“All the equipment in the factory lives up to our international requirements on efficiency and reliability,” Mikhailov says. “That is why Grundfos was chosen as supplier of utilities equipment.”

Grundfos Russia’s Area Sales Manager Alexander Dudinov says that sales to automotive manufacturers in Russia have grown significantly. Grundfos has also supplied pumps to Ford, Toyota, General Motors, Hyundai and VW, among others.
“There are many reasons that auto manufacturers prefer Grundfos as a supplier,” says Dudinov. “The most important motives are our brand and quality, low energy use, dependability and our world-wide service organisation.”

Focus on energy
Other automobile manufacturers around the world – including BMW, General Motors, Daimler and Volvo – are also choosing Grundfos not only for the high quality, but also for energy efficiency, says Project Sales Manager Jacob Rafn from the pump company’s Danish headquarters.

“Energy prices are now also rising in the ‘BRIC’ countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – where auto producers are making huge investments,” Rafn says. “This is due to a fast-growing purchasing power among more and more people in those countries.”

Nissan has established a factory in Saint Petersburg to supply the growing Russian automobile market. Grundfos supplies the utility-side pumps.

Nissan has established a factory in Saint Petersburg to supply the growing Russian automobile market. Grundfos supplies the utility-side pumps.

The equipment
The Grundfos systems used in the Nissan factory include TPE vertical, single-stage pumps, NB long-coupled pumps and CRE vertical multi-stage pumps.
The water supply system uses a Hydro MPC-E unit, a compact automatic pump station maintaining the input parameters in accordance with the variable water consumption level. Due to the automatic pump switch on/switch off system and speed control, the unit maintains a permanent pressure and operates with optimum efficiency.

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