KAMAZ will create a new inline engine in 2017

KAMAZ will create a new inline engine in 2017

Autostat – KAMAZ intends to create a new inline engine in 2017 and start the first stage of production in 2019, manufacturing 12,000 engines annually.

As stated by the company press office, the project to create a new generation of KAMAZ engines has started in 2014 and currently in the stage of development and technical preparations for production. Two important equipment supply contracts have been signed: for the lines of mechanical works and cylinder head assembly and for engine assembly lines. The company has made the following statement: “In the first quarter, we have to complete the selection of suppliers for all equipments and conclude all supply contracts towards mid-year. The first party of cylinder heads must roll off the production line in April.”

The localisation of 80% of the components -to be used in the production of the new inline engine – in Russia and CIS countries is a challenge for KAMAZ. External influences that can not be predicted, therefore hard to avoid, are the main difficulties for the project, say KAMAZ officials: “In 2013, when the project started, there were a lot of imported components, minimising risks. However, due to the increase in exchange rates, we have revised our position and decided to manufacture 290 of the components in Russia. In parallel, we have begun the production of components, which do not require purchase of equipment, at KAMAZ.” Blank production and mechanical works on the main components of the inline engine: cylinder heads, crankshafts, flywheel housings, flywheels, exhaust manifolds, oil pans, gas distribution pinion gears and power take-offs, front cylinder block covers; assembly operations, testing, painting and additional supply of engines, will be organised at the factories of the automotive giant.

This way, the main components of the inline engine, amounting up to 34% of the costs, will be manufactured in KAMAZ. The company aims to procure the prototypes of all components manufactured in Russia and KAMAZ until the end of the year, in order to assemble the engine using its own parts in the fourth quarter of the year. The first pre-production engine is set to take shape in 2017.