Daimler, Kamaz Intensify Partnership
Expanding a strategic partnership that began in 2008, 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 OM 457 truck diesel engines and M 906 bus natural gas engines.
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 5 compliant diesel engines rated 260 kW (354 hp) to 335 kW (456 hp) will be used to complement the Kamaz engine lineup, the companies said.
The contract also encompasses the delivery of front and rear axles for trucks and buses to the Russian manufacturer, headquartered in Naberezhnye Chelny in the 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 7000 engines and 15,000 axles per year initially.
"The signing of the agreement for axles and engines with Daimler opens up great opportunities for our company", said Sergey A. Kogogin, general director of Kamaz OJSC. "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 axle supply agreement is described as an intermediate step, as in the future, the two companies plan to manufacture axles in Russia through a joint venture.