CNH-KAMAZ Welcomes Russian Government Delegation at its Naberezhnye Chelny Plant
The manufacturing operations of CNH-KAMAZ hosted representatives of the Russian Government just over two years after the signature of the Heads of Agreement establishing the industrial joint venture for the production of agricultural equipment. The delegation reviewed the progress made by the joint venture, visited the fully operational factory and signed an agreement for the purchase of 80 agricultural machines.
NABEREZHNYE CHELNY, Russia – (February 15, 2012) – The manufacturing operations of CNH- KAMAZ in Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan, received a visit today by representatives of the Government of the Russian Federation to review the progress made by the joint venture, which was created in October 2009. This alliance between CNH – a world leader in the agricultural and construction equipment businesses and part of Fiat Industrial – and OJSC KAMAZ – a leading heavy truck manufacturer – was aimed at bringing CNH’s advanced technologies into the Russian Federation to support the development and modernization of its agricultural sector.
The event, which was held in the presence of national and local press, brought together a 13-strong Government delegation led by Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan and attended by Marat Akhmetov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Tatarstan; Sergej Kogogin, General Director of KAMAZ; Sergio Marchionne, Chairman of Fiat Industrial and CNH Global; Franco Fusignani, President and CEO of New Holland Agriculture and CNH International, and other CNH representatives.
The CNH-KAMAZ manufacturing plant extends over a 45,000 square meter covered area and produces CNH’s New Holland brand equipment since 2010. It has been entirely refurbished to accommodate a production capacity of 5,000 units a year and is now fully operational. The facility has raised production volumes quickly since the very beginning, with a 40% increase year over year in 2011, and a similar rise is expected for 2012. The joint venture has steadily upgraded its locally manufactured range of products, introducing the latest high-horsepower T8 and T9 tractor models and, most recently, the new CX6090 combine harvester on dedicated production lines.
In addition to the public review of operations, the program included an official ceremony, which concluded with the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between CNH-KAMAZ and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Tatarstan for the supply of 30 New Holland T9.505 tractors and 50 CX6090 combine harvesters manufactured at the Naberezhne Chelny plant.
“We have delivered on all the commitments we undertook when we signed the Heads of Agreement in the presence of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin,” commented Mr. Marchionne. “We take very seriously our commitment to meet the Russian Government’s request to localize production at Naberezhnye Chelny. We have regularly updated the models manufactured at this facility since production started and we will continue to do so. Further manufacturing localization will follow in 2012 with the addition of the T8.330 tractor model and the introduction of the brand new CX8080 combines. Russia represents a strategic choice for our Group. This plant demonstrates our long term approach with our partner KAMAZ, both from an industrial and a commercial standpoint.”
Mr. Kogogin added: “It is an honor for us to welcome the Russian Government delegation at the CNH- KAMAZ manufacturing base and to show our distinguished guests the result of the dedication that both partners put in since the signature of the agreement. We have made great progress in the first two years of the joint venture’s operations and set a solid foundation to continue expanding our locally produced range, bringing advanced technologies to Russian farmers.”
In addition to producing machinery, the joint venture supports customers throughout the territory with a network of 13 New Holland dealers and 46 outlets that provide technical and after-sales service as well as training.