Kaluga is located approximately 200 kilometres southwest of Moscow and the plant is expected to be completed in early 2009. Production capacity will total approximately 10,000 Volvo and 5,000 Renault trucks per year, to meet sharply rising demand for heavy duty trucks in Russia and CIS countries (Commonwealth of Independent States).
Staffan Jufors, President of Volvo Trucks, and Stefano Chmielewsky, President of Renault Trucks, participated in the ceremony together with Anatoly Artamonov, Governor of Kaluga region and Johan Molander, the Ambassador of Sweden to the Russian Federation.
Volvo Trucks’ deliveries to the Russian market have increased from about 500 units in 2003 to about 2,500 last year. Demand continues to be very strong this year, with 2,600 vehicles already delivered by the end of August. Currently, Volvo Trucks has 35 authorized service locations and 20 sales offices throughout Russia.
Renault Trucks deliveries have reached a total of 533 units in 2006 on the Russian market and 608 new trucks have already been delivered by end of august this year, which represents a double of its sales results in comparison with last year. Currently, Renault Trucks Vostok is operating through a 19 dealer’s network, which has been built at a rapid pace since 2004, the date of establishment of the market company on the Russian market.
The factory will provide work places to more than 1,000 employees. The models to be assembled at the plant include the Volvo FH/FM/FL and FE and the Renault Premium and Kerax.
Also, Volvo Construction Equipment will secure manufacturing space in Kaluga. Although firm plans have yet to be agreed, it is expected that the site will provide for machine assembly, a limited amount of manufacturing and storage. Production is expected to begin after 2010 and the first products off the line will most likely be excavators.
From the left: Mr. Chmielewsky – President of Renault Trucks, Mr. Jufors – President of Volvo Trucks, Mr. Artamonov – Governor of Kaluga Region, Mr. Mulander – the Ambassador of Sweden to the Russian Federation and Mr. Corneliusson – General Director of Volvo Vostok.