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. Since the start of production of the light-duty truck Fuso Canter in Naberezhnye Chelny/Russia in 2010, the 7.5-ton truck of the joint venture Fuso Kamaz Trucks Rus. (FKTR) has made a name for itself in Russia. With expected sales of approximately 2,100 units this year, after sales of 1,000 units in the previous year, FKTR is establishing itself as a leading Japanese truck manufacturer in the light-duty truck segment in Russia.
Since 2012, Fuso is now also servicing the market in White Russia from its assembly plant in Naberezhnye Chelny. Fuso Kamaz Trucks Rus. has a nationwide sales network of 56 dealer operations in Russia, and the upward trend continues.
The 50:50 joint venture FKTR between Kamaz and Daimler with the subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), which was founded in 2009, is responsible for the imports, production and sales of Fuso trucks in Russia The Joint Venture Mercedes-Benz Trucks Vostok (MBTV) expects to post positive unit sales of around 5,000 Mercedes-Benz models in 2012, compared to the 2,800 units sold in the previous year, in addition to other successes.
Whereas in the previous year app. 25 percent of all trucks sold were produced locally, in 2012 local production accounts for approximately 35 percent, with prospects of over 50 percent in the coming year. Since the opening of the MBTV production location in Chelny in 2011, the Mercedes-Benz models Actros, Axor, Atego and Unimog are serially produced on site. To ensure closer proximity to customers, in 2011, MBTV began to expand its initial sales network of 30 Mercedes-Benz dealer operations.
The number, which has meanwhile grown to 50 sales locations, is to be increased to a total of 60 Mercedes-Benz Trucks dealerships in Russia in 2013. Such developments affirm the sustained leadership claim of Daimler`s Commercial Vehicles Division in growth markets like Russia, India and China.