Welcome to a Novosibirsk Factory

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This is a factory of “Tyazhstankohydropress”, JSC in Novosibirsk. Its building was started in 1942. The first hydraulic presses were produced in 1943. The products of the factory are used in coal mining and chemical-recovery fields, for the railway and public transport, in production of fireproof products.

Welcome to a Novosibirsk Factory

Welcome to a Novosibirsk Factory

Welcome to a Novosibirsk Factory

Welcome to a Novosibirsk Factory

Welcome to a Novosibirsk Factory

Welcome to a Novosibirsk Factory

Welcome to a Novosibirsk Factory

Welcome to a Novosibirsk Factory

Welcome to a Novosibirsk Factory

Welcome to a Novosibirsk Factory

Welcome to a Novosibirsk Factory

Welcome to a Novosibirsk Factory

Welcome to a Novosibirsk Factory

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    • And what they didn’t buy…. they stole. have to admit, just like China today, they were good at stripping something down and making a near perfect copy of it. (near being the key word)

      • Well, it’s a little more complicated than that. In the early days of the USSR, there were a lot of US and European companies that supplied them with industrial tools. The GAZ factory, for example, was first used to produce Ford Model A cars and AA trucks. It was done with the full blessing of the Ford Motor Company who helped them set up the factory. the actual design of the factory was done by a US industrial design firm. There were even Ford workers in the GAZ factory, but sadly they were all murdered in Stalin’s purges.

        Co-operation was also true during the Great Patriotic War (WWII) when the US supplied the USSR with lots of Jeeps, planes, ammunition, etc. In fact, the real tensions between the two countries did not really start until immediately after WWII when the Korean War took place.

        So, as you can see, there was plenty of time for these machines to have made it to the USSR. As things like industrial presses sometimes have a life of over 100 years, it is not inconceivable that a country which does not rapidly cycle through machines could still be using 70 year old equipment today.

          • It both was and was not. Remember that the Bolshevik’s were trying to force industrialization on the people so that they could achieve the necessary amount of industrialization for communism to work according to their modified version of Marx’s theories (read The Communist Manifesto some time to see why Marxist communism was not possible in Russia at the time of the revolution ). This was not possible in the agrarian society that the nations that made up the USSR had at the time of the revolution. So, the Soviets became pragmatists and used technology from wherever they could get it to try to become industrialized so that they could theoretically leap frog the capitalist world and create a worker’s utopia. Even the Lada (car) from AvtoVAZ was not a purely Soviet design. Rather, it was a Fiat 124 built in a factory that was jointly developed with the Italian auto maker to produce the cars. Now, the Soviets did modify the design to their needs quite a bit, but it was not a purely Soviet design.

            The Soviet Union was, however, a VERY closed society in that their people were quite restricted in terms of travel and basic civil rights like free speech. In later years (Post-Stalin), Western tourists were allowed to visit through the Soviet tourism agency, Intourist. They also exported manufactured goods like cars to many nations in Europe as well as Canada ( Lada Riva and Niva, and I think the UAZ 469) and South America. About the only industrialized nation they did not sell cars in was the US.

  1. “A world without war, without weapons”
    – The ideal of Socialism.

    The last picture kind of shows how big states (Soviet Union in this case) make propaganda for the masses while in reality, pretty much everything revolves around “realpolitik”. At least for the significant states.

  2. Regarding stolen know-how: I’ve heard recently that Germans in the begining of XXth century did the same thing as Chinese do now (or Soviets did some time ago) – they copied the most progreesive technology: at that moment it was British. But, as you may see now – on example of Germany – it doesn’t mean that thief will never learn to create something original; more than that – thief may become himself a leader in technological design some day.

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