German concern Daimler has entrusted the first 10 MAZ stations in Russia to implement service of Mercedes engines, and soon such an opportunity will be realized at MAZ service center in Minsk. Prospects for further cooperation with manufacturers from Germany were discussed on June 23 at a conference in Minsk, which was held by MAZ together with Daimler and ZF companies.
Minsk Automobile Plant and Daimler AG are now working on certification of service stations in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, which will allow them to implement service of Mercedes engines officially . "In the future, the work will continue. We expect that the integrated service will be implemented at most other MAZ stations in different countries," the company explained.
Earlier, the companies signed a memorandum of mutual understanding and concluded a contract for the supply of auto spare parts. In addition, MAZ acquired special diagnostic equipment and tools. Specialists of MAZ service center in Minsk plan to undergo an additional training at the Mercedes-Benz training center in Naberezhnye Chelny.
The Belarusian manufacturer already has an experience in servicing of European manufacturers’ components. So, since 2015, MAZ service center has been repairing ZF units and assemblies. Both companies, as well as vehicles owners, are satisfied with the quality of the work, the company said.
Minsk Automobile Plant now equips Mercedes engines with passenger vehicles, fifth wheel trucks, dump trucks and medium-tonnage trucks. At the same time, German motors of four classes (from Euro-3 to Euro-6) and capacity from 204 to 435 horses powers are used at the production. Among the features are reliability (the power unit works even with runs over 700-800 thousand km) and high fuel economy.
Since 2003 MAZ OJSC has produced more than 18 thousand units of equipment with Mercedes-Benz engines. In the near future, deliveries of prototypes of Daimler transmissions will begin. "All vehicles comply with international quality standards and are in great demand in Belarus, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Iran and other countries," the plant emphasized.
In its turn, ZF supplies mechanical and automatic gearboxes for trucks and passenger vehicles to the Minsk Automobile Plant, as well as portal axels, transfer boxes and steering gears. In total, since 2008, more than 45 thousand ZF gearboxes have been installed on MAZ vehicles.