Yury Gerasimov, First Deputy General Director of KAMAZ PTC – Executive Director, received two significant diplomas by the end of 2022.
Yury Gerasimov became the winner of the republican public competition Manager of the Year 2022 in the nomination For High Social Responsibility. The solemn ceremony of awarding the winners of the competition took place at the Korston GTRK in Kazan on December 23. It was attended by Rustam Minnikhanov, Head of Tatarstan, and Aleksey Pesoshin, Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan.
In addition, Yury Gerasimov was awarded a diploma in the nomination The Best Chairman of the Board of Directors of Organizations Created with the Participation of KAMAZ PTC for 2021-2022.
In 2021-2022, Yury Gerasimov worked as Chairman of the Board of Directors of TZA PTC. During this period, more than 300 new jobs were created at the Tuimazinskiy Zavod Avtobetonovozov, work was carried out to optimize the property complex, the share of products with high added value is successfully being increasing, foreign materials and imported components are being replaced with local analogues, as well as expensive components are being replaced with components and parts of Russian design and production. During 2022, the company’s priority initiatives were to ensure a smooth transition of the industry to domestic analogues. Under the leadership of the top manager, the KAMAZ subsidiary has implemented urgent projects aimed at achieving the technological sovereignty of the country, meeting demand at the expense of domestic products. This work continues.
The volume of shipped products in TZA for 2021 amounted to 2,709 million rubles, which is 145.2% compared to the previous year. The average salary increased by 24.3% compared to the previous year; net profit in 2021 amounted to 248 million rubles.
In 2022, KAMAZ continued producing and developing a line of gas-powered vehicles. By the end of the year, more than 900 gas-powered vehicles and almost 800 methane-powered buses will have been produced.
The new circumstances associated with Western sanctions did not significantly affect the production of KAMAZ gas-powered vehicles, however, they required work to be done to redesign the NGV serial model range for an available component base. This task was solved in the shortest possible time, and since September, the production of NGVs was resumed on a new, sanctions-resistant component base. At the same time, the terms for the engineering and manufacturing development of a promising model range of gas-powered vehicles of the K5 generation have also not changed significantly: the start of production of the KAMAZ-54901 LNG-powered freight truck with a new KAMAZ R6 engine with a capacity of 450 hp is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2023.
According to the results of the year, the volume of production of gas-powered vehicles will amount to 906 units, including 682 freight trucks of the K4 generation. In addition, the outgoing year will be a record year for the production of KAMAZ gas-powered buses: almost 800 units will be manufactured. As a result, KAMAZ became the leader of the Russian market for gas-powered buses. Thus, the total number of gas-powered vehicles produced by KAMAZ in 2022 will be more than 1,700 units.
In 2022, regulatory and technical documentation for the maintenance and repair of LNG-powered vehicles was developed, and work is currently underway to prepare the dealer network for its maintenance.
A new impetus to the development of vehicles running on natural gas is given by cooperation with PJSC Gazprom. The companies have been successfully cooperating for many years in the development of the gas motor fuel market in Russia, and this work continued throughout 2022. In particular, when identifying promising sales markets, KAMAZ is guided by Gazprom’s plans to expand the network of CNG filling compressor stations. Gazprom is actively purchasing gas engine equipment from KAMAZ to upgrade its own vehicle fleet. In 2014-2021, 3.6 thousand units of KAMAZ gas-engine vehicles were delivered to the partner.
The key task for 2023 is to launch mass production of LNG-powered KAMAZ-54901 freight trucks that are in demand on the market. In addition, work remains relevant to localize the component base of gas-engine vehicles, which is already being carried out for a fairly wide range of products.
In the field of passenger vehicles, KAMAZ will continue designing an especially large class articulated CNG bus and organize the production of the aforementioned KAMAZ-6250 (4×4) shift buses for Gazprom PTC.
Five years ago, in December 2017, KAMAZ solemnly launched the production of the family of six-cylinder in-line KAMAZ R6 engines. The first KAMAZ 910.10 engines were put to the assembly line.
If we refer to history, the project with the working title “Tibet” to organize the production of a promising family of in-line six-cylinder engines was opened on June 10, 2014. Over the next three years, a large-scale work was carried out at the engine plant: sites were built and equipment for the production of blocks and cylinder heads was installed, lines for assembling engines, painting R6 power units were installed. With the commissioning of a new conveyor and the launch of industrial production in 2018, the production capabilities of KAMAZ PTC have significantly expanded. Today, KAMAZ vehicles of the K5 generation are equipped with these engines.
The new conveyor of the company where R6 engines are produced is equipped up to the state of the art. Much attention is paid to technology compliance and detailed quality control – each operation is 100% traceable. Thus, a high level of quality of the power unit for KAMAZ-54901 vehicles and other models of the K5 line is ensured.
“In the current 2022, we continued to modernize this line. We have increased the length of the conveyor. If initially we had the technological capability to assemble 12,000 engines a year, now we can assemble up to 30,000 engines a year. In addition, a lot of work has been done on import phasing-out. Imported components of the new motor were replaced with domestic ones. Work with Russian suppliers went on for a year,” said Oleg Zakharov, Head of the Reliability Department of the Engine Plant of KAMAZ PTC.
The R6 engine conveyor is a vivid example of successfully implemented projects of the company. Straight-6 engines significantly improved the technical and consumer characteristics of vehicles, made KAMAZ trucks more efficient for business, more reliable and safer for people and the environment.
By this moment, the line has assembled about 40 different sets of engines for the mainline, transport and heavy lines of KAMAZ vehicles of the K5 generation, as well as for third-party consumers. These are Euro 5 environmental class engines with a working volume of 12 liters, the engine power range is from 380 to 630 liters.
Now the motors of model 910.15 with increased torque (2300 Nm) are shipped to the truck assembly plant. At the end of December, an experimental assembly of the engine with new fuel equipment and an electronic control unit will take place. In addition, in the first half of 2023, it is planned to switch to 910.50 engines with an increased displacement of up to 13 liters which enables to reduce operating fuel consumption by about 1.8 liters / 100 km. The development of the R6 engine line continues.