Sittelsdorf / Kazan. At the celebrations of the 10 years of ROPA Povolzihe in Kazan, Russia, ROPA founder and managing director Hermann Paintner was awarded a medal of honour in gold for his contributions to the development of the sugar industry in Russia. Hermann Paintner is so far the only "non-Russian" to have been awarded this medal in gold. The award was particularly intended to honour his untiring work in the development and manufacture of powerful and extremely reliable self-propelled machines for harvesting, cleaning and loading sugar beets. His inventions and continuing development of harvesting technology have made it possible to harvest sugar beets gently and efficiently even under difficult weather conditions.

The medal was awarded by Andrei Borisovich Bodin, the chairman of the Union of Sugar Producers of Russia, with its head office in Moscow. He also awarded a certificate with signature and best wishes from the Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, Petr Tschekmarev, who is also the director for plant production, agricultural technology and plant protection in Russia.

Other medals were awarded to Petr Bykov, the managing director of ROPA Russia, and to Genadii Suchorukov, the managing director of ROPA Povolzihe.

Gabdrahmanov Ildus Harisovich, representing the Minister for Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Tatarstan, conveyed best wishes from the Agricultural Ministry of the Republic Tatarstan. ROPA Povolzihe, the subsidiary for service and marketing in Tartastan, celebrated its 10th anniversary in December. The company has a total of 12 employees. ROPA has sold more than 700 machines in Russia so far.

Andrei Borisovich Bodin (centre back) with Hermann Paintner, Petr Bykow, Genadii Suchorukov and members of the team at ROPA Povolzihe

ROPA Povolzihe team with managing director Genadii Suchorukov (centre)

Kazan in Tartastan with a view of the Kremlin and the Kul Scharif mosque


ROPA Povolzhihe video for the company's 10th anniversary

Meet the ROPA Povolzihe team

To mark the 10th anniversary of the company the ROPA Povolzihe team has collected some impressions of their home in Kazan in Tartarstan.

The highly motivated team, well-trained by ROPA in Sittelsdorf, provides outstanding service, has a well-stocked spare-parts warehouse and is the competent partner for ROPA customers in the Tartarstan region and other parts of Russia.

Our thanks to the whole team for the impressive video and their untiring work for our customers!


ROPA was established in 1986 and quickly became a globally active industry leader in sugar beet harvesters and sugar beet loaders. The company is expanding rapidly in potato technology. More than 380 people are employed at the Sittelsdorf plant. There are five subsidiary companies for customer service, spare parts supply and sales close to the customer in France (2000), Ukraine (2003), Lipezk in Russia (2005), Kazan in Russia (2007) and Poland (2007) with another 180 employees. ROPA is particularly concentrated in innovative, high-output and reliable sugar beet and potato harvesting technology in combination with comprehensive and expert service at the site of operation of the machines.

ROPA machines are in successful use in more than 40 countries on 5 continents.