How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

Categories: Auto | Production

Timur Agirov aka timag82 writes: “Another enterprise that I specifically visited in Cherkessk is the first private automobile plant in Russia, Derways, which successfully assembles Chinese brand cars. I offer a photo report that captures the main moments of the assembly - from unloading containers with CKD kits to loading finished cars into car carriers.

A few words about Derways. The name Derveys is made up of the names of the founders, these are the Derevy brothers, widely known in the republic, and the English word “roads”. At first, in 2002, it was a small automotive division of the Mercury holding, which two years later released an SUV of its own design, the Cowboy. In 2005, the Romanian company APO, a chassis supplier, went bankrupt, and the owners refocused production on the assembly of Chinese cars. Car kits were produced in China, imported to Russia, assembled and sold here. Now these are the brands Lifan, Khaima, Geely, as well as Great Wall Hover. The production capacity of the plant is 130,000 cars a year, the company employs at least 1,000 people, which is essential for Cherkessk. So let's see what it looks like."

(Total 42 photos)

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

Source: Journal/timag82

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

1. At the checkpoint. To the right is the administration building. Behind it is a large territory of the plant, 23.5 hectares.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

2. Let's go directly to the customs zone and the zone where the containers with the complete set are stored, arriving here by sea from China, Chongqing, where the headquarters of Lifan Industrial Group is located.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

3. Vehicle kits are unloaded, something is delivered to the warehouse, something immediately leaves for the welding shop.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

4. Let's go to the welding shop.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

5. The welding shop consists of three sections - a sub-assembly, the main welding line and a section for hanging and straightening, from where the body is sent for painting (the line is at the end of the hall in the photo).

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

6. Welding is partly automated, partly manual labor is used.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

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How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

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How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

9. Before we get to the next painting shop, we go through the lock, we are given special clothes.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

10. In the photo - Rustam Lakhov zahho, with whom we went on excursions, it was thanks to his support that I got to the plant, for which I thank him very much!

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

11. Paint mixing room. Because production is dangerous, it can only be seen through glass.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

12. The line for preparing bodies for painting consists of 14 baths, in which each body is first cleaned by immersion in a special solution, then primary primer is applied to it by electroplating, after which the body is washed again.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

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How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

14. Then the bodies enter the line, where the seams are processed and dried at high temperature.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

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How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

16. Cleaning the body before painting.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

17. 8 Japanese-made painting robots apply enamel. The painting operation takes literally 5 minutes, and 10 seconds are enough to change the paint.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

18. The whole process is automated and controlled from outside the spray booth.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

19. The paint shop consists of three floors, painting is carried out on the second, in order to lower the car to the first, a special elevator is provided.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

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How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

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How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

22. After painting, the body enters the drying chamber, where it stays for 45 minutes at a temperature of approximately 160 degrees.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

23. Then the bodies move to the assembly shop.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

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How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

25. Before going to the assembly shop, we went into the neighboring rooms, in which another assembly line is being installed.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

26. This is how a brand new assembly shop looks like before the installation of equipment in it

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

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How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

28. I took these photos in the summer, at the present time, I think, the equipment has already been installed - from January 2014, Derweiss begins to produce new models, perhaps this will be done here.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

29. And this is a general view of the current assembly shop.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

30. There are two lines, they can produce up to 80 thousand cars a year.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

31. Chassis assembly area.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

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How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

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How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

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How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

35. Finishing assembly area.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

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How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

37. The finished car leaves the assembly line. On the line, by the way, cars of different brands are assembled at the same time.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

38. German-made diagnostic section.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

39. Washing.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

40. After that, the car is driven to the warehouse of finished products.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

41. The warehouse makes up a large part of the plant area.

How Lifan cars are assembled at the Derways factory

42. Cars are shipped to dealers through their own company Yug-Trans, which has at least 150 car carriers.

Already after I shot a photo report, information came from the news feeds that the plant began assembling cars of the Taiwanese brand Luxgen.

As usual, I do not comment on the manufactured products, but I will say a few words about my personal impressions - the plant is large (we spent an hour and a half there and did not see everything), clean, modern, it was interesting to photograph, and I am glad that such production exists in the Caucasus. Good luck, good quality products and new customers!

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