For one of the world's leading manufacturers of electrical equipment Schneider Electric, Russia is the fourth-largest market. Here is the biggest production site of the French company — six plants and 12,000 employees (170,000 in total worldwide). The company’s main production facilities are located in Samara, and in January 2014 the company bought a manufacturer of medium voltage equipment in Ekaterinburg from Alstom, renaming the plant "Schneider Electric Ural" (the transaction amount was not disclosed). Despite the economic sanctions of the West against Russia, the company has not changed plans to invest 700 million euros in the Russian electrical equipment market from 2013 to 2018. Last year, the French company completed an agreement with the Russian company "Avelar Solar Technology" to equip solar power plants.
In addition, in the midst of economic sanctions, Schneider Electric continued negotiations with Kazan on the implementation of a smart city in the capital of Tatarstan. The French have already set up working groups on projects in transportation, smart grids, smart buildings and water supply, and also helped Kazan to modernize the city for the Universiade -2015.
In 2015, Ford Motor Company, unlike GM, another U.S. carmaker, made the decision not to leave Russia but, on the contrary, to increase its investment there. Moreover, in March, Ford announced a repurchase program for GM cars through trade-ins, as well as accepting GM cars for servicing and collaboration with its dealers.
In 13 years of local production, Ford has invested $ 1.5 billion in the creation of production capacity in various regions of Russia. Ford was the first foreign brand to open an engine plant in Russia (at the beginning of September of this year).
In addition, in March, Ford bought an additional issue of preferred stock in the Ford Sollers joint venture, through which it operates on the Russian market, and thereby brought its stake to a controlling interest. The idea behind this operation was to help the joint venture cope with the financial difficulties brought about by U.S. and E.U. sanctions. "We had loans in ruble, and much of the equipment was imported; because of the depreciation of the ruble, additional funding was needed. With equal shares in the joint venture, new contributions would also have to be made in equal shares.