Daimler Trucks opens new cabin facility for the Russian truck market

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineMay 28, 2019

Opening a new truck cabin production facility in Naberezhnye Chelny is an important milestone for DAIMLER KAMAZ RUS (DK RUS), the joint venture between Daimler Trucks and its Russian partner KAMAZ.

The new facility covering 59,600 m2 will be an integral part of the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Trucks and will closely cooperate with the plant in Wörth. A major benefit of the new facility will be the further localisation of truck cabins for both Mercedes-Benz and KAMAZ trucks, with more than 150 single components already localised at Russian suppliers. The new production facility has a total capacity of up to 55,000 units per year and will manufacture cabins for the latest Mercedes-Benz Actros and Arocs models for the Russian market, as well as for KAMAZ heavy-duty products. With an investment of €200m, the new state-of-the-art production facility creates up to 700 new jobs, bringing the local DK RUS work force to more than 1000 employees.

“We believe in the Russian market and its growth potential,” said Stefan Buchner, head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks worldwide. “The new cabin facility is another key element in our strategy to be close to our customers and to continuously strengthen our market presence around the globe. With it, we set a benchmark in the Russian market – to the benefit of both our customers and our joint venture partner KAMAZ. This plant is one of the most innovative facilities in the Russian automotive sector and the latest proof of our longstanding commitment to our joint venture DAIMLER KAMAZ RUS.”

With more than 120 robots and advanced camera measurement technology, it is one of the highest automated plants in Russia. Installing the equipment took more than 500 trucks to transport it to Russia. Another highlight is the installation of innovative 3D-printer technology for plastic parts, ensuring a quick and cost-effective support of equipment maintenance.

Over the past 10 years, DK RUS assembled and sold more than 30,000 Mercedes-Benz and FUSO trucks in Naberezhnye Chelny for the Russian market.