ZF has announced that it is expanding its partnership with Kamaz in Russia.


Its two companies will expand their jointly owned transmission assembly plant in Naberezhnye Chelny in Tartastan from 2010, investing EUR160m in the facility.


The move is the result of Russia’s largest truck manufacturer, Kamaz, deciding to adopt ZF transmissions on its full vehicle range. The so-called ZF Kama joint venture plant will be expanded from 60 to 700 employees over the next three years.


Wolfgang Vogel, ZF chairman and head of the truck and special vehicle division, said the move will give ZF a leading marketing position in one of the world’s fastest growing truck manufacturing markets.


ZF Kama was formed in 2005 and strated producing transmissions in January 2006. Until now 9,000 Ecosplit transmissions have been assembled, but these meet just a fraction of total Kamaz transmission demand. Kamaz expects to produce 54,000 trucks this year.


When the plant is expanded the plant will conduct more production work, rather than just assembly. The plant plans to turn over around EUR250m a year.


Around 25% of the transmission parts will come from local companies in Tartastan, but components will also be sourced from ZF plants in Bouthéon, France and Eger, Hungary.


ZF also suppliers other components to Kamaz and is working on a project to supply steering and powertrain systems for buses.