Liebherr and Kamaz unite for new engine

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Liebherr has announced it has started production on its new diesel engines after completion of development of the 6-cylinder in-line units by the company, in conjunction with Kamaz. Serial production has begun at the assembly line in Ehingen, Germany.

The two companies signed a cooperation agreement on March 25, 2014 and more than three years later Kamaz has undertaken large-scale adaptations to be prepared for the manufacturing of the engines. These include the installation of new production facilities for the machining of cylinder blocks and heads, as well as an assembly line with test benches and painting areas.

Sergey Kogogin, general director, Kamaz, said “We are striving to optimize our product for customers and to enter new markets. The new powerful and reliable engines, which are based on advanced global technologies and created in collaboration with our partner Liebherr, who has extensive experience in development and manufacturing of engines for difficult climatic and operational conditions, will allow us to significantly improve the technical and consumer-oriented characteristics of vehicles and to build trucks that are safer for people and the environment.”

Power output of the new units ranges from 400hp to 700hp and special attention was paid to reducing fuel consumption, operational weight and improving reliability of service intervals to 150,000km.

Liebherr Group president Willi Liebherr said, “Our companies have been cooperating for many years, starting from the moment of the development of production facilities for Kamaz gearboxes. Therefore, it is a particular pleasure to be present at the birth of a new engine, which is the direct result of the mutual hard work of the developers and engineers.”

January 19, 2018

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