Message from the president

Let me thank you for the interest you have shown to our company, which, for me personally, has long since ceased to be just a place of employment and turned into a home with its own troubles and cares, achievements and success.

Today, if I were asked to define Hydromash’s role in history, 2 words would suffice: a pioneer company. Our factory has always been the first. Here, the Russian automotive industry was born; it is from here that the first Russian aircraft engines took the first airplanes to the sky.

Hydromash was founded as a carriage shop in the early XIX century. Back then, Russia experienced an industrial boom being ahead of Europe by a number of economic parameters. It the Russian companies’ products – such as those of the plants owned by the Demidovs, Batashevs, etc. – that provided a material basis for such an impressive breakthrough. The number of Russian entrepreneurs grew day to day; one of those people was the guild-three merchant Piotr Ilyin, who founded a carriage factory in Moscow in 1805. His company’s products were so fine and reliable that, following a request from the Russian Minister of Finance, in 1849 Ilyin was granted the right to have the national coat-of-arms shown on his company’s sign boards. Then Ilyin’s factory, with its most state-of-the-art equipment, became one of the largest industrial enterprises of Russia. But the time demanded further steps, and the factory struggled to keep up with the newest trends.  When the young Soviet country needed cars, Ilyin’s followers recalled their carriage-making past and without hesitation started to produce the first Soviet compacts.

The wide range of the most advanced XIX-century equipment manufactured by the plant was really impressive. Just think of it: the aircraft engine, the Fowler motor plough or the NAMI-1 car – all these, in the 1920s! These were the most sophisticated products back then. Even today, I cannot but admire the courage the people of that epoque had when taking on absolutely new tasks and not fearing to lose. Putting new products into manufacture was quite a routine work for those people and for the whole plant.

In 1933 the company became a part of  "Glavaviaprom"

I started to work for Hydromash after the war, in 1950. That was a time of renovation, reconstruction and modernization.

But suddenly an unjustified economic crisis occurred having been caused by poorly planned reforms, although there really were many things that required changing. We were struggling against the crisis together with the entire country. It was a fearful and painful time. In spite of everything, we survived – maybe, to a great extent owing to our more than a century’s work in a true market economy, which had made us stronger.

Nowadays, Hydromash JSC develops, invests in renovation, and buys up-to-date equipment – all this being an independent private company not comprised by any concern, holding or group. We are leaders in helicopter and airplane landing gear production. We take part in the development and manufacture of landing gears and hydraulic equipment for practically all of the new Russian passenger airliner MS-21.

Furthermore, for 20 years Hydromash JSC has been integrated into the world’s aviation industry and cooperated with the leading aerospace manufacturers of Germany, Italy and France. We supply our products for Airbus, Embraer, and Global Express airplanes, and for Agusta helicopters; we are the only Russian supplier of Ti blocks for Airbus А380 spoiler control system; we continue to take part in prospective international projects such as Airbus А350XWB и Bombardier C Series.

For its future, our team relies on the revival of Russian aviation. With Hydromash being inseparable from the latter, we cannot imagine ourselves apart from it, and we are firmly convinced that Russian aviation was, is, and will be a source of pride for Russia, the Russia that has recovered its might and is among the leading countries of the world.

V.I. Luzyanin,

President of Hydromash JSC, Hero of Socialist Labour, Laureate of State Prize;
holder of the decorations: Order of Lenin, Order of the Red Banner of Labour, Badge of Honour, Order for Merit to the Fatherland, IVth grade; Honorary Aircraft Builder, Honorary Citizen of the Nizhny Novgorod Region