KAZAN, February 3. /TASS/. Russian truck maker Kamaz is ready to resume truck assembling in Iran. The assembly line of Kamaz worked in Iran from 2007 to 2010, Chief Executive of Kamaz Foreign Trade Company Rafail Gafeev told TASS on Wednesday.
"We initiated the entry on the Iranian market in 2002 and made first supplies of complete trucks at 2005 year-end. We opened an assembly line with our partner in 2007 and delivered only knocked-down kits from 2007 to 2010. The same scenario will be implemented now - certification at first, followed by delivery of complete trucks and arrangement of assembly," Gafeev said.
No Kamaz trucks have been sold in Iran after 2010. "We sold nothing in Iran during recent five years. We actually begin from scratch; there are just about 300-400 trucks in my business plan for 2016. Certification will take at least six months. Demo trucks will be supplied to the market later on, therefore 400 trucks is a good figure to begin from the ground up," the chief executive said.
Over 2,000 Kamaz trucks were sold on the Iranian market before 2010. "Kamaz brand is well known since then at least in provinces close to the East Azerbaijan, where the assembly facility operated," Gafeev added.
Kamaz is a leading manufacturer of heavy trucks in Russia. The company is producing over 40 models of trucks, along with trailers, buses, field engines, power plants, and various tools.