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RUSAL Challenge: Looking for Joint-Venture Partners for the Production of Automotive Components

Award: varies
Deadline: Closed
Active Solvers: 61
Posted: Jan 04 2017
Challenge ID: 9933922
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RUSAL is seeking to convert an aluminum processing plant with the aim of using it for the production of aluminum-based automotive components by die-casting technology. With that in mind, RUSAL is looking for a partner that can aid to the development of this exciting venture by bringing a range of relevant technical and business competencies and experience in the automotive sector. 

This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge; the Solver will only need to submit a written proposal to be evaluated by the Seeker with the goal of establishing a collaborative partnership.


RUSAL is aiming to convert one of their production sites into a plant to manufacture aluminum-based automotive components. The site is equipped with state-of-the-art aluminum processing machinery and qualified personnel. 

The ultimate goal of the Challenge is to find a partner that can join RUSAL in an exciting endeavor and establish a joint venture for the production of automotive components by die-casting technology. With that in mind, RUSAL is seeking for adequate partners (see the Challenge Details for a full description of expertise and capabilities being sought) or individuals that can demonstrate they can act as a facilitator in the identification of a suitable partner and negotiations of the joint venture. 

This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge. The Solver will write a preliminary proposal (about 5-10 pages, including supporting non-confidential information and contact details) to be evaluated by the Seeker with a goal of establishing a collaborative partnership (see the Challenge Details for more information on the type of partnership). Upon completion of the evaluation, the Seeker may contact selected Solvers directly to work out terms for a collaboration contract. The monetary value of the contract will vary depending on the amount of work to be delivered and the agreed upon time frame. 

NOTE: The Seeker will consider proposals from Solvers who have the ability to work as a partner, aiming at the establishment of a joint venture with a 50% participation of each party. In addition, the Seeker also welcomes submissions that refer to organizations that the Solver is aware of, if:

  • The Solver is in a position to say why the proposed organization would be an appropriate partner. Such justification should be included in the Solver’s submission and address the listed Technical requirements.
  • The Solver is in a position to facilitate the negotiations with the proposed partner.

In this case, the Seeker will consider offering a $15,000 award once a legally binding agreement, memorandum of partnership or intent of cooperation with the proposed partner has been agreed to.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on February 19, 2017. Late submissions will not be considered


RUSAL is a leading, global aluminium producer and one of the world’s major producers of alumina. The company was founded in 2000 and became the global aluminium industry leader in 2007. RUSAL operates in 13 countries on 5 continents.  The company employs over 61,000 people across the globe. RUSAL’s assets include 11 aluminium smelters, 11 alumina refineries, 8 bauxite mines, 3 aluminium powder plants, 2 silicon factories, 2 secondary aluminium plants, 4 foil mills, 2 cryolite and 1 cathode plants. The company’s current capacity means it is able to produce 4.2 million tonnes of aluminium, 11.5 million tonnes of alumina and 90 thousand tonnes of foil per annum. The company’s key sales markets are Europe, Russia and the CIS countries, North America, South-East Asia, Japan and Korea. The major end users are transport, construction and package industries.  RUSAL’s main products are primary aluminum, aluminium alloys, foil and alumina. The company has access to vast resources of raw materials and provides for the entire production cycle – from bauxite mining to the production of alloys. This enables RUSAL to be operationally flexible and provide the highest quality of products.

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What is an eRFP Challenge?

eRFPs allow Seekers to submit Requests for Proposals for a partner or supplier to provide materials or expertise to help solve a business challenge to the InnoCentive Solver community. This global community includes organizations and individuals, such as contract research organizations, scientists, university researchers, and technology companies.

After a Solver submits an eRFP response, the Seeker evaluates the responses to determine which Solver(s) to contact for further business discussions. With eRFPs, the Solver must not provide any confidential information in the eRFP response. If your eRFP response is selected, you negotiate the terms of the contract (including scope of work, tasks and duration) directly with the Seeker.

This Challenge type does not require Intellectual Property (IP) transfer. However, sometimes Challenges of this type do request that certain IP arrangements be made should a partnership be formed.

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