In Kazakhstan, the employees of KAMAZ PTC and KamLitKZ held a “KAMAZ Day” for guidance counseling of students from Kostanay.
Two new factories for the production of components for KAMAZ vehicles are under construction in Kostanay. It is planned to open a foundry for engine blocks and heads, axle beams, as well as transfer gearbox production. The project operator is KamLitKZ, an enterprise of the KAMAZ Group. The production facilities will provide about 1000 jobs, which is why the “KAMAZ Day” is so important both for the enterprise and for the city. Vladislav Pastushenko, General Director of KamLitKZ, met with Askhat Aimagambetov, Minister of Education and Science of Kazakhstan, and Alma Doshanova, Rector of the Kostanay Regional University. The head of KamLitKZ spoke about the construction process, as well as the prospects of the project.
In addition, Eldar Shavaliev, Director of the KAMAZ Digital Transformation Center, delivered an interactive lecture for first-fourth year students on the topic “How Technologies Are Changing the Automotive World” at the site of the IT Center. He told how mechanical engineering, foundry and metalworking technologies work and what projects KAMAZ is implementing. At the end of the lecture, the most energetic student received a present from KAMAZ. Then the event continued at the Kostanay College of Automobile Transport, where a mind sports game devoted to KAMAZ was held. The guys answered questions about a KAMAZ logo, a corporate color scheme, the number of employees at KAMAZ. The winning team was awarded prizes.
Many events were held online. Andrey Ukhov, Deputy Chief Technologist for Production Support at the KAMAZ Foundry, went live to the students to read a lecture “Trends in the Development of Foundry and Stages of Mastering Iron Casting at the Foundry of KAMAZ PTC”. After the lecture, the students were asked questions and received gifts for correct answers. Aleksandr Kapitonov, Head of the Design and Technological Department of KAMAZ PTC, held a guest lecture on the topic “Promising KAMAZ Vehicles”. He told about the latest developments in a line, from a passenger car to a Hercules dump truck presented at the COMTRANS exhibition.
Artyom Gruzdov, Deputy Chairman of the Production System Development Committee, conducted a training on “Lean Manufacturing”. The students learned about the history of lean production at KAMAZ. Then they faced a challenge to organize multimachine operation. And the winning team also received prizes.
The event ended with a story about an internship at KAMAZ and an awarding ceremony for the students of the Kostanay College of Motor Transport, who had done an internship at the KAMAZ automobile plant in Naberezhnye Chelny. The students were awarded grateful letters for their responsible attitude to the solution of production problems.
Developing a line of K5-gen KAMAZ trucks, experts of the company’s R&D Center assembled two prototypes of KAMAZ-53251 medium-duty tractor units.
The trucks are descendants of the K4 generation vehicles. The first specimens of K5 medium-duty trucks are chassis to mount superstructures for retail and communal services. What differs the new models from their predecessor – the KAMAZ-5325 (K4 generation) – is a chassis weight reduced by almost 200 kg and hence an increased carrying capacity.
The trial models also differ against each other, mainly in weight characteristics. Thus, the curb weight of the vehicle intended for communal superstructures is 6,250 kg. The GVWR is 19 tonnes. The retail chassis has a curb weight of 6,550 kg. The GVWR of the truck is 18 tonnes. The GCWR is 28 tonnes.
Under the hood, both vehicles have a Euro 5 Cummins ISB6.7E5 310 diesel engine. The automated ZF9AS1310TO transmission is nine-speed. The cabin is all-metal, with an engine tunnel 170 mm high, on a four-point suspension. A one-sleeper cabin is available in the retail-version of the truck.
“When developing these vehicles, we gave priority to reducing the curb weight. At the same time, in no case should the ruggedness, reliability, cost price of the vehicle be compromised. And we managed to cope with this task. The KAMAZ-53251 chassis is lighter than the chassis of the K4 generation,” said Igor Valeev, Deputy Chief Designer of Automobiles.
The assembled specimens will soon undergo development tests to calibrate all electronic systems – a gearbox, an engine, a vehicle control unit. In a related move, the R&D specialists are preparing documentation for the KAMAZ-53252 vehicle compliant with the Euro 6 emission standards. A number of technical solutions will be employed here to make this chassis the most comfortable and efficient in its segment.
KAMAZ has published its RAS financial statements for the first three quarters of 2021.
According to the performance in the reporting period, the company’s revenue increased from 128 billion 375 million rubles to 169 billion 091 million rubles as compared to the corresponding period in 2020. The net income of KAMAZ for the first nine months of this year increased from 2 billion 183 million rubles to 3 billion 301 million rubles as compared to the first three quarters of the previous year.
“The company continues developing a line of trucks and cars, implementing investment projects, mastering new equipment and advanced production technologies. The KAMAZ-54901 freight truck from the K5 generation is still selling well. In general, there is a strong demand for our products. As before, CNG and LNG vehicles, cars, as well as KAMAZ electric buses are highly desirable in the market. These and other factors influenced financial results. The revenue and net profit of KAMAZ PTC increased greatly as compared to the same period last year,” commented Sergey Kogogin, General Director of KAMAZ PTC.