Uzbek-German JV to start truck production in August
Uzbekistan, Tshkent, June 29 / Trend D, Azizov /
Uzbek-German JV "MAN Auto - Uzbekistan" will launch the production of heavy commercial vehciles in the Samarkand region in August 2012, a source in government circles told Trend on Friday.
According to the source, at present, balancing and commissioning operations are under completion now. It is planned to test all parts of the assembly line till August. It is planned to produce up to 1,000 trucks through the SKD technology until late 2012.
It was previously reported that MAN Auto - Uzbekistan joint venture was established in August 2009 with a registered capital of 3 million euros. The share of the Uzbek side in the joint venture is 51 percent, German - 49 percent.
MAN Auto - Uzbekistan joint venture started constructing of a new complex in Jambay, Samarkand region to produce MAN trucks and trailers worth $59.38 million in April last year.
In September last year the JV began SKD-assembly of MAN trucks on the premises Samarkand Automobile Plant ("SamAuto). Currently the JV has collected about 350 cars with capacity from 15 to 50 tons of modifications TGA and CLE.
The new truck production through SKD technology worth $29.4 million will be launched within the first phase of construction.
The construction of the first stage is being financed by the founders of the joint venture - $ 27.3 million and foreign investments - $ 2.1 million.
In general, the complex will include the assembly, painting workshops and a diagnostic site, designed to produce up to 6,000 MAN tractors and chassis given the two-shift work with the opportunity to increase capacity to 10,000 pieces of equipment annually.
It is planned to create production capacity to 20,000 units per year in the long-term-prospect.
There are currently three automobile factories in Uzbekistan: GM Uzbekistan, former UzDaewooAuto Asaka based in the Andijan region, producing motor cars and JV MAN Auto-Uzbekistan, which produces trucks with a capacity from 15 to 50 tons and SamAuto (Samarkand).
The Uzbek motor-car industry plans to produce 240,000 passenger cars, 3,000 buses and trucks in 2012.