In the future, Daimler will supply Kamaz trucks and buses with components as well. Last month, Daimler Trucks and the Russian truck manufacturer Kamaz signed an agreement, which initially provides for the supply of 7,000 engines and 15,000 axles. Since then, Kamaz has been buying the OM 457 diesel engine for its trucks and the M 906 natural gas engine for its buses from Daimler. The agreement also provides for supplies of front and rear axles for Kamaz trucks and buses. The components are fully assembled at the Mercedes-Benz plants in Mannheim/Germany (engines), Kassel/Germany and Gaggenau/Germany (axles) before being delivered to Naberezhnye Chelny (Republic of Tartastan).
The two companies plan to set up a joint axle production in Russia in the future. Daimler´s Commercial Vehicles Division will thus be developing and expanding its components network in Russia.
As part of the continued cooperation activities in the area of commercial vehicle components, in the middle of the year, the two partners agreed on deliveries and step-wise localization of Axor cabs for the new generation of Kamaz trucks, which shall be launched in the modern domestic segment of the Russian market in 2013. Through this, the partners are meeting the rising customer requirements for high quality, economically efficient trucks in the volume segment.
The two manufacturers expect sales of more than 20,000 Kamaz vehicles equipped with Mercedes-Benz cabs for the long term.