Report on the Moskvitch Factory, 1971

Fortepan, a non-profit Hungarian photo archive recently featured a photo report on the Soviet Moskvitch factory, which was originally published in 1971

Sándor Bojár (1914-2000) had a long and distinguished career as a photo reporter in Hungary. His career span more than 50 years, beginning the 1930s. At the 1952 Summer Olympics he was the only Hungarian photo reporter and his pictures were used by all the media outlets. Later he became a staff member of MTI, the official Hungarian news agency. His son handed over the bulk of his negatives to Fortepan, a Hungarian photo archive. Fortepan published the first part last Summer and now another 2000 pictures are out, which you can see HERE

Sándor Bojár loved cars. In the early 1950s he bought a Fiat Topolino, followed by an AWZ P70. He even visited the AWZ factory in Zwickau and later returned to do a photo shoot on Trabant. These particular pictures were taken in late 1970 or early 1971 in Moscow at the Moskvitch factory. The report was published in March, 1971

“As part of the latest 5-year plan production of passenger cars needs to be increased by a ratio of 3,5-3,8 from the current volume of 344,000 units… The bulk of this will be realised at the new Togliatti car factory, so we are out of the spotlight at the moment said Victor Sadovnikov, communications director of the Automobile Factory Named After Lenin Komsomol, better known as Moskvitch. “We launched an expansion program in 1966 which will be finished soon. It will enable us to double our production capacity. … In 1970 we produced 100,000 units and our target for 1972 is more than 200,000 units… In 1949 we exported 3,4 percent of our volume, by 1969 this has increased to 63,9 percent” – he added.

This factory has a foundy, a press shop, a forging shop and an assembly shop among others. Every part is made in-house with the exception of carburetors, electrical equipment and such raw materials as textile and paint. Production is 80 percent mechanised. There is a 13 km long conveyor belt and 725 various machines. 40 percent of workers are female”

The article has also talked about the racing successes of Moskvitch and the export volumes to Hungary. You can check it out HERE, though it is behind a paywall.

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