46/50 Borodinskaya Street
Vladivostok, 690105, Russia
Phone: (4232) 326312
Fax: (4232) 326307
Date Visited: October 23, 1995
D. Walsh (report author), H. B. Ali, R. Blidberg, S. Chechin, M. J. DeHaemer, L. Gentry, J. Moniz, J. B. Mooney
Iosif N. Kanevsky, Technical Director, Dalpribor
This is not really a "site report." The WTEC team was scheduled to visit Dalpribor, but on arrival at Vladivostok, we found that this visit had been canceled. However, Mr. Kanevsky joined the meeting at Varyag and gave us a brief talk on what his company does.
This report on Dalpribor is based only on about 30 minutes of briefing by Mr. Kanevsky. The team received no printed materials or other information about this company.
Before Perestroika (1989) the company employed 4,500 people, now it has 1,700 people. The basic business of the company was building hydroacoustic devices (e.g., echo sounders, sonars, etc.) for the Navy and for fishing and merchant ships. At one time, the company was the largest supplier of such equipment for all newly built ships in the Soviet Union. Today, there is no more military business since companies in European Russia can supply the limited Navy requirements. Civil shipbuilding is greatly reduced and the demand for fish-finding sonars is down as well. The last order was a year ago for 15 ship sets.
Considering their past business building hydroacoustic devices, it is assumed that Dalpribor has had some in-house R&D capabilities. However, this issue was not specifically discussed by Mr. Kanevsky, and the company may simply build to designs developed by research institutes.
The product lines currently available from Dalpribor are as follows:
In addition to specific consumer products, the company can also weld titanium and do various kinds of metal work. It has also been making molding forms for plastics manufacturing.
Dalpribor is finding itself in the middle of a very difficult defense conversion process. Staff has been greatly reduced, and the company's traditional product lines are no longer in demand. By shifting to consumer products they are probably going in the right direction because there is considerable consumer demand in Russia for quality household goods. In developing products for the domestic market, the company can also get the experience it needs to produce quality goods at attractive prices for export. However, Dalpribor is having the same problem with excessive taxation as Varyag, and until this basic obstruction is removed, it is doubtful the company can be competitive in the international marketplace.