25,000 truck assembly kits from Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant: Daimler Kamaz RUS celebrates production milestone

In Mercedes-Benz, News, Daimler3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineDecember 14, 2020

Daimler Kamaz RUS (DK RUS), the joint venture between Daimler Trucks and its Russian partner Kamaz, has reached yet another milestone. Recently, the 25,000th Mercedes-Benz truck rolled of the line at the DK RUS assembly plant in Naberezhnye Chelny (Tatarstan). The milestone truck is a white Mercedes-Benz Actros 1845 LS, which was previously being packed as a kit at the CKD centre at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth, Germany, and then sent on its journey to Russia by container ship. Once it arrived in the market, it was assembled on site at the DK RUS assembly plant.

In 2018, DK RUS introduced the latest generation Mercedes-Benz Actros and Arocs to the Russian market. Both models are also available with the innovative mirror cam in the Russian market. Since mid-2019 the truck cabins for the Mercedes-Benz Actros and Arocs models are also produced at the new cabin production facility of DK RUS at the premises of the Chelny plant. DK RUS started production of Mercedes-Benz trucks in Naberezhnye Chelny in 2010 and has since sold more than 35,000 Mercedes-Benz and FUSO trucks in the Russian market.

Sales of Euro VI compliant Mercedes-Benz Actros started in Russia

In 2020, DK RUS also started the production and sale of the Mercedes-Benz Actros as a Euro 6 compliant version. While Euro 5 emission norms will continue to be in effect in Russia for the foreseeable future, the launch of the locally produced Actros Euro 6 provides a new measurable advantage to Russian customers – lower costs on EU roads. Russian transportation companies that use this truck for their foreign routes avoid paying increased fees levied by the EU for using vehicles with emission standards of Euro 5 and below.

CKD production at the Wörth plant started in 1966 with around 500 kits. In 1969, the CKD centre produced more than 11,000 CKD kits for the first time within the period of a year. Since 1978 parts kits are assembled at the CKD packaging hall with container loading. Today, the CKD centre in Wörth employs about 500 people, and its portfolio includes the Mercedes-Benz Actros and Arocs in the fields of road and construction site transport. The special Unimog and Zetros vehicles are also shipped as kits.