International project management for Central Asia

In mid-October 2015, managers from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan visited R.I.D. GmbH based in Kirchardt in Baden-Württemberg. Established in 2008 and on a consistent growth course ever since, R.I.D. GmbH specialises in supplying power generators and currently employs over 60 people. The offerings range from small fuel generators to large diesel generators as both portable and stationary power and emergency generators, photovoltaics and accessories for alternative energy generation. The company’s products are exported worldwide, with a focus on the Eastern European and Central Asian markets. R.I.D. GmbH has already completed countless projects in these two regions, including in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

During the company visit, the managers from Central Asia learned a great deal about quality management, international business processes and international project management. Management topics are one of the company’s particular passions. Sales manager Waldemar Reder took advantage of the subsequent tour of the production halls to provide detailed explanations of quality management using examples from specific production processes and to illustrate just how important the “Made in Germany” quality standards are in international business processes. Askhat Ryskulov, the economic attaché from the embassy of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, even travelled from Berlin to welcome the guests from Central Asia.

Oxana Essig, a project manager at R.I.D. GmbH, used a very special project as an example of international project management. Part of the renewable energy solutions (RES) programme initiated by the German Energy Agency (dena), the reference project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy(BMWi) within the framework of the Renewable Energies Export Initiative. The company installed a photovoltaic system with a capacity of 16.38 kWp on the roof of the Rehabilitation Centre for Homeless Children in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek. The new children’s home, a rehabilitation centre for homeless children, orphans and children from socially vulnerable families is currently home to 100 children aged 2 to 16. In the sunny months from April to September, an average of 2,000 kWh of power is generated every month. This is enough to cover the home’s monthly energy consumption of 1,800 kWh. This means that no fuel costs are payable. The system also serves as an example of how electricity can be won from renewable energies, independence gained from oil and gas suppliers, and a contribution made to mitigating climate change. The project can be visited by any interested Kyrgyz companies or organisations. They are also able to obtain information – on how to plan, install and operate such a photovoltaic system for themselves, for example.

Several participants expressed a concrete interest in products and services offered by R.I.D. GmbH. They also discussed the possibilities of further cooperation, such as assumption of a representative role, joint participation in future project tenders, etc.

By Peter Schlosser and Claudia Hackel
Baden-Württemberg International, Stuttgart