Stuttgart / Wörth am Rhein / Naberezhnye Chelny – DAIMLER KAMAZ RUS (DK RUS), the Joint Venture between Daimler Trucks and its Russian partner KAMAZ has reached yet another milestone. Recently, the 25,000th Mercedes-Benz truck rolled of the line at the DK RUS assembly plant in Naberezhnye Chelny (Tatarstan). The milestone truck is a white Mercedes-Benz Actros 1845 LS, which was previously being packed as a kit at the CKD Center (CKD = Completely Knocked Down) at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth, Germany, and then sent on its journey to Russia by container ship. Once it arrived in the market, it was assembled on site at the DK RUS assembly plant. The Actros will soon be used in the fleet of a Russian corporate customer of Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
In 2018, DAIMLER KAMAZ RUS introduced the latest generation Mercedes-Benz Actros and Arocs to the Russian market. Both models are also available with the innovative mirror cam in the Russian market. Since mid-2019 the truck cabins for the Mercedes-Benz Actros and Arocs models are also produced at the new cabin production facility of DK RUS at the premises of the Chelny plant. DK RUS started production of Mercedes-Benz trucks in Naberezhnye Chelny in 2010 and has since sold more than 35,000 Mercedes-Benz and FUSO trucks in the Russian market.
Sales of Euro VI compliant Mercedes-Benz Actros started in Russia
In 2020, DK RUS also started the production and sale of the Mercedes-Benz Actros as a EURO VI compliant version. While Euro V emission norms will continue to be in effect in Russia for the foreseeable future, the launch of the locally produced Actros Euro VI provides a new measurable advantage to Russian customers – lower costs on EU roads. Russian transportation companies that use this truck for their foreign routes avoid paying increased fees levied by the EU for using vehicles with emission standards of Euro V and below.
Know-how from Wörth in the international Mercedes-Benz Trucks Production Network
The experienced production team from Wörth regularly supports colleagues at foreign plants with production start-ups, for example, as part of special training programs, and so contributes in safeguarding the strict quality requirements all over the world. Thus, as the CKD Center of competence Wörth plays a key role in the international Mercedes-Benz Trucks Production Network.
CKD stands for "Completely Knocked Down"; this means that the trucks are not fully assembled at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth. Instead, the up to 2,800 individual parts are sent to the international assembly plants in the markets. These kits are assembled at the locations abroad by local partners in accordance with Mercedes-Benz’ high quality standards and finally delivered to our customers. Over 750,000 kits have already been sent in this way to 60 countries worldwide since the CKD Center in Wörth was established. Thus, since more than 50 years, the CKD Center in Wörth stands for the successful implementation of its original concept of "shipping quality".
CKD production at the Wörth plant started in 1966 with around 500 kits. In 1969, the CKD Center produced more than 11,000 CKD kits for the first time within the period of one year. Since 1978 parts kits are assembled at the CKD packaging hall with container loading. Today, the CKD Center in Wörth employs about 500 people. The current portfolio of the CKD Center in Wörth includes the Mercedes-Benz Actros and Arocs in the fields of road and construction site transport. The special Unimog and Zetros vehicles are also shipped as kits.