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Belarus’ Neman to launch buses under license deals with Italy, China in ‘08

17 January 2008

Belarus’ state-run Pilot Plant Neman, based in the Grodno Region, plans in 2008 to conclude license agreements with Italy’s Cacciamali and a company from Chinese Changchun to make small-capacity buses.

Neman will produce CCJ6660D buses on Iveco chassis under the contract with Cacciamali.

The company decided to enter new markets with competitive products, as the domestic requirement, estimated at 800 buses annually, may be covered by MAZ alone.

Neman received a type approval from Russia’s State Standard Committee and may start supplying the new bus to Russia this year.

The plant also developed the Neman 52012С bus for northern regions of Russia. Supplies are expected to start in 2009.

In 2007, Neman launched the 52012 suburban bus powered by a euro-3 Caterpillar engine and equipped with a ZF mechanical transmission.

In 2007, Neman produced 165 large municipal buses, a rise of 8.4% on the year. Annual output is expected to increase to 400 buses by 2010.

Neman will have to invest 16.2 billion Belarusian rubles (Br) in upgrade to reach this capacity.

Prime-Tass

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