During yesterday's ceremony, KAMAZ gave Daimler a key to a new cab frame plant symbolizing that the constructed paint and welding shop is ready to be equipped.
About 240 guests, including KAMAZ's top managers and foreign partners from Daimler, Kuka, Comau, Zeiss, and Dürr, attended the solemn event at the premises of the plant. Jürgen Olberding, COO of Daimler KAMAZ Rus JV, was handed the symbolic key by Yury Gerasimov, Deputy Director General of KAMAZ PTC – Executive Director. "I'd go as far as naming this moment landmark, as we are witnesses of an important step toward starting-up the new modern production in Naberezhnye Chelny. We took a pivotal decision jointly with Daimler as far back as 2014, and already then we knew that the motor city will get the new plant producing cab frames for new-generation vehicles," Yury Gerasimov noted. "I can say for sure that the company hasn't had such large-scale construction projects for a long time. And KAMAZ is now absolutely ready to place the project in its partner's trustworthy hands."
It should be recalled that KAMAZ and its strategic partner Daimler became building the cab frame plant with an area of 68 thousand square meters last March. The partners shared tasks under the project: KAMAZ is completely responsible for constructing the building on its territory, while DK RUS and Daimler AG are in charge of organizing production. The Russian auto maker's obligations are fulfilled: the company has completed general construction works, laid engineering nets, ensured electricity supply and heating in the building, built access roads to the cab plant and a ground for equipment mounters' camp. KAMAZ invested about three billion rubles to the construction of the plant.
The next step under the project is to start installing equipment in the painting and welding shops on the 1st of November. Pre-commissioning activities will be carried out in March next year, a test run is scheduled for August, and the full-scale production is to be launched as early as January 2019. The plant is to produce 55 thousand units a year. New cab frames will be sent both to the mother assembly conveyor of KAMAZ, and to the Mercedes-Benz truck assembly.