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Kamaz, K-B to Establish Russian JV

We receive this Press Release from Knorr-Bremese, which may be paraphrased thus.Knorr-Bremse and KAMAZ have signed a declaration of intent, which will lead to the establishment of a joint venture in Russia. Knorr-Bremse will take over industrial leadership of the joint venture in which both partners have a 50 percent share. KAMAZ brings to the joint venture its activities in the wheel brake sector.

More Layoffs at Paccar

In addition to the layoffs at the Chillicothe, Ohio plant that we reported last week, here's news that the Renton plant will be shut down between April 4-17.But the eye-watering news is the projected output as of the 18th April. At present, Renton is producing 30 trucks a day. On resumption, that figure will be nearly halved to just 18 units per day.

DaimlerChrysler Opens Ladson SC Sprinter Plant

DaimlerChrysler has officially opened its new US Sprinter plant at Ladson, South Carolina. The new facility - built on the site of the old American LaFrance fire truck plant will allow US Sprinter build capacity to 32,000 units, which will be badged both as Freightliner and Dodge products. It represents an investment of $35 million and employs 180 people.

DaimlerChrysler Mulls Truck Production in India

Here is news that DC is thinking - apparently seriously - about establishing a truck plant in India. It has - according to the report - earmarked a 15 acre site near Pune - coincidentally home to Tata."We haven't taken a decision yet, but there is a proposal to manufacture trucks in India. A decision on this would be taken shortly," a company official said.Does this mean that DC has given up attempting to take either a piece of Ashok Leyland or a large lump of Eicher?

DaimlerChrysler HDEP to Launch in August

DaimlerChrysler's Heavy Duty Engine Platform (HDEP), its delayed global platform will launch in the US in August, Freightliner sources tell us. We do not know whether the entire 12, 14 and 15 litre range will be launched at once, but have been made aware of significant problems with the higher volume engine.

DAF and China. What Next?

We've mentioned DAF's deal with Taiwan-based Formosa Motors in the past. The PACCAR scion already has an assembly deal with Formosa, based at Taichung in Taiwan, but there have been rumours of the establishment of a JV based in Zhejiang province in China.These have now been denied by Formosa Motors parent company Formosa Plastics - which was cited as being the JV's primary customer.

Volvo Delays Q1 Report

AB Volvo has that said it is postponing publication of its First Quarter results as it deems fit to publish the results on the same day as its almost-completed acquisition - Nissan Diesel - which will release its year-end report on May 11.

Volvo Boasts 2006 Russian Sales by 83 per cent.

Volvo increased its Russian sales by 83 per cent, to record figures of 2,436 units during 2006. The Russian Federation is now the largest buyer of Volvo products in the fast-growing Central and Eastern European region, with Poland in second place with 2,079 unit sales of Volvo trucks in 2006, ranks second. With the addition of second hand vehicles exported from Europe, the company's Russian distributor - ZAO Volvo Vostok - estimates that there are now 30,000 Volvo trucks registered within the country.