BelAZ changes tactics and receives dividends

Famous enterprise manufacturing heavy-duty dump trucks plans to outsource to Russia and Kazakhstan markets

By Igor Nilov

Famous enterprise manufacturing heavy-duty dump trucks plans to outsource to Russia and Kazakhstan markets


At the production facility of heavy-duty dump trucks in Zhodino
At the production facility of heavy-duty dump trucks in Zhodino

“Since hard sales are less forthcoming at the moment, we’ve decided to focus on outsourcing,” notes the First Deputy Director General for Technical Policy and Innovative Technologies, Oleg Stepuk. “We’ve some experience in Belarus, having outsourced to Mikashevichi with early success. Outsourcing has also proven efficient in the South African Republic, where we’ve assembled about 40 vehicles. We’re now focusing on outsourcing to the Russian Federation and would like to do the same in Kazakhstan.”

The enterprise clarifies that classical outsourcing involves the use of external sources; the consumer leases vehicles and pays for services rather than buying vehicles.

At the production facility of heavy-duty dump trucks in Zhodino

Mr. Stepuk notes efforts to modernise and set up new production facilities. The programme launched in 2011 is to be completed in 2015, with $440m spent on constructing new production facilities and renewing equipment. In particular, a new production facility was commissioned in August 2013, at a cost of $52m: half of the sum was spent on the purchase of cutting-edge equipment.

At the production facility of heavy-duty dump trucks in Zhodino

Workshops at the main factory have been dramatically refitted, including installation of 384 automated machines. “This allows us to be more flexible, while producing the parts needed to assemble a specific model of heavy-duty dump truck,” notes Mr. Stepuk. “It also ensures 100 percent quality, almost negating the possibility of human error. The installation of CNC machine units in making crown wheel teeth is extending gearwheel life from barely 150,000km to about 400,000km. While our past capacity only allowed us to cover production, we now provide service centres with spare parts.” The new line at the factory is fully sufficient in providing components for heavy-duty dump trucks and for service centres.
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