In July, KNORR-BREMSE KAMA LLC, a joint venture of KAMAZ PTC and Germany's Knorr-Bremse AG, will celebrate ten years from the launch of mass production.
The history of KNORR-BREMSE KAMA LLC producing brake systems started in December 2007 when an agreement was signed to set up the joint venture in Naberezhnye Chelny. Already in the summer of 2008, the enterprise launched the production of drum brakes for KAMAZ. Since that moment, the company has been advancing – under the able direction of long-time Director General Manfred Kindermann.
In 2010, KNORR-BREMSE KAMA mastered the production of the whole range of drum brakes for KAMAZ vehicles. This year also saw the start of deliveries of drum brakes to NEFAZ, a subsidiary of the auto giant in Bashkiria, – for buses, trailers and semitrailers, and also successful development of caliper production. Besides, in 2010 a line for the production of torque vibration dampers was launched. It's noteworthy that KNORR-BREMSE KAMA is the only Russian enterprise producing visconic dampers, and the production is 98% localized at that.
Two years later, in 2012, the young enterprise was again successful mastering the production of mechanical adjusting arms, clutch actuators, master cylinders. At the end of 2013, an assembly line of the KB VG clutch actuators, and in early 2014 KNORR-BREMSE KAMA started machining cases of this item.
The enterprise is heading towards its tenth anniversary with great achievements. Last year was one of interesting stages in the history of KNORR-BREMSE KAMA. In September 2017, the company underwent a QMS audit and then became one of the first Russian enterprises certified for compliance with the IATF 16949: 2016 standard. Besides, for the first time for almost ten years of work, the sales volume reached three billion roubles. This was achieved, among other things, thanks to the new project for the production of air dryers designed specially for the CIS countries with a high amount of components localized. The development of this product is pivotal in the joint portfolio of KAMAZ and KNORR-BREMSE KAMA.
The summer of 2018 will mark ten years since the start of production of KNORR-BREMSE KAMA LLC. A solemn event on the occasion of the jubilee is to take place on the fifth of July. The company will celebrate its anniversary with a number of new projects. The most important one is localization of pneumatic disk brakes production to become the first in Russia. The project will last till 2020 and require considerable investments which will be attracted gradually during the next years. Thanks to the new projects approved by the founders of the enterprise – KAMAZ and Knorr-Bremse AG – in the nearest future the company plans to double turnover, to increase the staff strength by one-third and, of course, attract new clients.