As part of their strategic partnership, Daimler’s commercial vehicle division and Russian truck manufacturer Kamaz have signed a contract covering the supply of engines and axles for the Russian company’s trucks and buses. As a result, Kamaz will now receive M 906 bus natural gas engines and OM 457 truck diesel engines.
The contract also encompasses the delivery of front and rear axles for trucks and buses to the Russian manufacturer, whose headquarters are located in Naberezhnye Chelny in the Russian Republic of Tartastan.
The completely assembled components will be supplied to Russia by the Mercedes-Benz plants in Mannheim (engines), Kassel, and Gaggenau (axles). The partners expect the delivery volume to exceed in a first step 7,000 engines and 15,000 axles per year.
Emphasizing the advantages of the latest partnership project, Stefan E. Buchner, who is responsible for global powertrain, procurement and manufacturing engineering at Daimler Trucks, said: “Our modular component system provides the right solutions for our partner. Through our technological expertise and skill, we are helping Kamaz to expand its strong position on the Russian market.”
Sergey A. Kogogin, General Director of Kamaz OJSC, also spoke highly of the importance of this project. “The signing of the agreement for axles and engines with Daimler opens up great opportunities for our company”, said Kogogin. “Kamaz will be able to offer its customers the products that would meet the world quality standards and set new benchmarks for the Russian truck industry. Time has shown that many years of our cooperation with Daimler as our strategic partner pays off and is yielding to positive results.”
The EEV (Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicle) compliant natural gas engines with an output of 170 kW (231 hp) to 205 kW (279 hp) and the Euro V compliant diesel engines with a performance of 260 kW (354 hp) to 335 kW (456 hp) will from now on complement the Kamaz engine lineup.
Since increasing their stake in the Russian company in June 2010, Daimler AG and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development now jointly hold 15 percent of the shares in Kamaz.
(This article compiled using information from a Daimler press release)