15A Novozarinskaya Str., 453350 Kumertau, Bashkortostan, Russia Tel.: + 7 34761 22253/22300, Fax: + 7 34761 34091/23913The Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise (KUMAPE) located in the Republic of Bashkortostan of the Russian Federation, has been manufacturing helicopters, aircraft and related equipment since 1962. The company is widely known as the major manufacturer of helicopters developed by Kamov; the larger Kamov K-32 helicopter. According to a Decree issued by the Russian Government, KUMAPE has been chosen to launch serial production of the IL-112, a new airliner developed by G.N. Novozhilov - a project has required considerable reorganization and expansion of the company's production facilities. The new assembly facilities for the IL-112 have been completed recently and the project is being realized in cooperation with a number of design, production and other organizations in Russia (including the Republic of Bashkortostan). The Republic of Bashkortostan is a sovereign state under the jurisdiction of the Russian Federation. The Republic of Bashkortostan is located in the Southern part of the Urals along the line of Europe and Asia. Its area is 143,600 sq. m. As of January 1, 1995 the population of Bashkortostan was 4.097 million people. The capital is Ufa is with a population of 1.1 million residents. The republic has 54 administrative areas ("rayons") and 21 cities. Other large cities include Sterlitamak (256,000 inhabitants), Salavat (155,000), Nefetekamsk (123,000), Oktyabrsky (108,000). Representatives of 70 nations and ethnicities live in the Republic of Bashkortostan, including Russians (39.3 percent), Tatars (28.4 percent) and Bashkirs (21.9 percent). The urban population constitutes 65 percent of the total. Bashkortostan ranks second after the Sverdlov region by industrial potential in the Urals economic area. It produces 2.6 percent of the Russian Domestic Product. It ranks 6th (3.6 percent) throughout Russia by industrial output. According to the Russian Statistics Committee, the Republic's industry accounts for 39.1 percent of the regional domestic product and 45 percent of the Republic's revenues. The major industry sectors are oil production and oil processing, production and processing of coal, chemical/petrochemical sector, machine-building/metal-working, ferrous/non-ferrous metallurgy. A good number of machine-building companies specialize in manufacturing production equipment for the oil, gas, chemical and petrochemical sectors. Bashkortostan also has suppliers of automobile parts and components for VAZ and KamAz as well as manufacturers of dump trucks and utility trucks for carriage of concrete. The major Bashkir exporters include the oil company Bashneft, oil refineries Ufaneftekhim, Novoil, Salavatnefteorgsintez and the Ufa oil refinery. The main exporters in the machine-building sector is Kumertau Aircraft-Building Plant, Ufa Machine-Building Plant. The Beloretsk Metallurgical Plant is the leading company in exporting non-ferrous metal products.