In May, the French group launched a new production facility in the Kaluga region. Construction of the cement plant, with a capacity of two million tons per year, cost Lafarge 500 million euros and took three years to complete. According to Andre Martin, the regional general director of the group, the construction was the company's largest investment in the country. The opening ceremony of Lafarge's third cement plant in Russia in the village of Ferzikovo, comes after the United States and the European Union have imposed new sanctions against Russia. With this in mind, the project was even more valuable for the domestic market — the only place where Lafarge intends to sell its cement. Of the total investment, the group invested 12 million euros in the construction of infrastructure, including roads.
In September Lafarge announced the sale of its cement operations in Korkino, Chelyabinsk region. As a result, by the end of 2014 the group has two operational cement plant - one in Voskresensk, in the Moscow region, and one in the Kaluga region.
In early July, Bosch opened a factory for the production of gas boilers in the Saratov region, with investment in the venture totalling 20 million euros. The new plant in Engels joined the Bosch production cluster in the Saratov region, which has existed since 1996 and includes the production of automotive components and power tools by Bosch. Thanks to this project, the company began supplying the Russian market with a completely revamped line of domestic wall boilers. This technology was first produced in Russia under an international brand. It is specifically designed for local conditions — in particular, it is able to withstand significant power surges and it can work in a wide range of gas pressure without requiring reconfiguration.
President and CEO of Bosch in Russia, Georgia and CIS Gerhard Pfeiffer said in an interview with The Moscow Times: «Despite the political situation, Bosch expects double-digit growth this year. Since 2010 we have grown by almost 100%, so I'm sure that the growth potential for our company, despite the weak economy, will remain. "This is largely due to the fact that Bosch actively exports Russian-made technology for the European market.
Russia is the third largest market for Adidas: in the last three years, the revenue of the German sporting goods manufacturer has reached a billion euros. Slightly more than the index CEO Herbert Hainer, the general director of adidas Group, expects even more for 2014, which has been a very difficult year for the Russian economy. Russia's problems have affected the company, with stock prices having fallen 20% in August due to the devaluation of the ruble, along with other national currencies, and the adjustment of plans to open new stores, including in Russia. But, most importantly, despite all the difficulties and political pressure on foreign investors, adidas continues to open stores in Russia and invest here. The company now has 1,100 stores in Russia, and 80 more will open by the end of 2014, as well as another 80 in 2015 (Adidas initially planned to open 150 stores this year and the next). "We are creating jobs: if you open 80 new stores, you need people. Today, the adidas Group provided jobs in Russia for more than 14,000 people. We invest in people, we invest in improving our stores, and we invest in advertising," Hainer said in an interview with Vedomosti. The size of the company's investment has not been disclosed. Adidas also sponsors the World Cup, which will be held in Russia in 2018.
Mubadala is the largest investment fund of the United Arab Emirates, with assets of $60 billion under its management. In 2013, the fund promised to invest about $5 billion in Russia, concluding seven deals with the Russian Direct Investment Fund in the field of mining, telecommunications, finance and others. In September 2014, it was announced that the Mubadala Development Company, part of the fund, would invest in class A warehouse real estate in Russia together with the Russian Direct Investment Fund, and "Development Groups 19." The partners plan to invest about $200-300 million over several years.
The biggest deal on the Moscow real estate market, under pressure by the economic uncertainty of 2014, was the purchase of the "Pokrovsky Hills" residential community for expats by the Qatari sovereign fund Qatar Investment Authority. The transaction was estimated to be worth approximately $400 million. The residential community, built in the early 2000s by Hines Emerging Markets Fund, consists of 200 townhouses with an area of 45,000 square meters near the Khimki Reservoir and the Pokrovskoye-Glebovo Park. These houses are rented out mostly by foreign executives and employees of embassies. Experts on the property market have described "Pokrovsky Hills" as a unique design that is unprecedented in Moscow.