Milestones

Kraftway’s history dates back to 1993 when the company was founded in Moscow and produced its first PCs and servers under GEG brand. The company grew rapidly in the 90’s to become one of the leading Russian PC builders.

In 2002 Kraftway upgraded its production facilities in Moscow and started the construction of a brand new factory in Kaluga region. After the merge with Forward Technologies, one of the top Russian server builders, in 2003 Kraftway reinforced its leading position on the market. The same year Kraftway formed an alliance with Bull to supply multi-processor servers to Russian customers. The following year Kraftway signed an unprecedented co-labeling agreement with Hitachi Data Systems, and an OEM contract with Silicon Graphics. Kraftway also set up its own service company.

In 2005 Kraftway introduced two new PC brands which exist today -- Kraftway Idea and Kraftway Credo, signed an OEM contract with Red Hat and opened its own Competence Center.

In 2006 the company began software development and launched a series of software products. Management Pack for Microsoft Operating Manager (MOM) became a finalist of Microsoft Worldwide OEM Hardware Solutions competition.

In 2007 Kraftway opened its state-of-the art production facilities in Obninsk (Kaluga region) and welcomed Sergey Ivanov, the first deputy prime minister, at the factory. The company received numerous awards including Telecom Ministry Quality Award, Company of the Year Award, Cnews IT-Company of the Year Award among others.

In 2008 the Russian movie director Timur Bekmambetov chose Kraftway’s visual effects rendering solution for his Hollywood debut Wanted starring Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman and James McAvoy.

The same year Kraftway introduced a new all-in-one Kraftway Studio PC product line fully designed by its engineers.

In 2009 Kraftway offered a round the clock support to its customers across Russia. The company was nominated The Best IT Supplier for Government Needs.

In 2009 Kraftway's President Alexey Kravtsov was elected President of the Russian Skating Union.

2010 was a very eventful year in company’s history. In April President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev paid a visit to Kraftway’s plant and held a meeting of a Commission for Modernization and Technological Development of Russia's Economy. In his opening remark at the meeting the President noted:” I think this is our first meeting that is taking place right inside a plant. People are working nearby, while we discuss some fairly serious issues. This is probably good. In any case, I would like to thank everyone who has invited us for allowing us to meet in such an interesting place”.

President’s visit coincided with the opening of a new company’s unit, a Validation laboratory which is authorized to run special security validation tests.

In 2010 Kraftway designed its first motherboards and signed an agreement with a telecom giant Cisco establishing a special procedure for the certification of Cisco products in Obninsk manufacturing facilities.

In 2011 Kraftway introduced a new generation of information kiosks for access to the electronic state services. The devices were deployed by the Russian telecom giant Rostelecom in many regions across the country. Kraftway also developed several tailored healthcare solutions and became a noticeable player on this market.

In 2012 in less than a month Kraftway delivered 25000 special units to 65 regions for the presidential election video monitoring system. The company also signed an agreement with Fujitsu to start the production of its standard products in Russia as well as products with a modified BIOS. In December Kraftway together with its Russian partner MCST unveiled a new all-in-one PC based on a Russian processor Elbrus. This launch was nominated one of top 5 events on the Russian market in 2012 by cNews analysts.

In 2013 the company invested $ 1,5 M to launch a state-of-the-art SMT line for the production of motherboards designed by Kraftway for special needs.

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