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Gazpromneft-Lubricants begins production line filling of Mercedes-Benz trucks

Gazpromneft-Lubricants has begun the automated first-filling of Mercedes-Benz trucks at the Mercedes-Benz Trucks Vostok production line, Naberezhnye Chelny. The refuelling complex facilitates the first-filling (and automatic accounting of) more than 3,000 litres of lubricants and engine fluids per day, allowing the servicing of roughly 300 car chassis per shift.

Lubricants and engine fluids supplied to the Mercedes-Benz Trucks Vostok production line are produced at Gazprom Neft’s own factories, and meet the highest international production-quality standards.

Implementation of this project has also seen Gazpromneft-Lubricants develop a unique service, involving the purchase, storage, and delivery of products: a system further distinguished by optimum process automation, and maximum simplicity and efficiency in data transfer — fundamental to the development of further production and logistical solutions. All of which allows the uninterrupted supply of essential lubricants and engine fluids to the production line — something particularly important in assembly-line production.

Gazpromneft-Lubricants CEO Alexander Trukhan commented: “Cooperation with car manufacturers is one of Gazpromneft-Lubricants’ most important — and promising — priorities. A key principle underpinning this is a tailored approach for each individual partner, and for the specific requirements of that business. The unique technical and logistical solutions we developed in the course of automating production-line first-filling for the Mercedes-Benz Trucks Vostok plant is a prime example of this. We place a very high value on winning the confidence of a world-leading car manufacturer, and are certain that the quality of our lubricants and the level of service we deliver will command an increasingly higher value on the domestic and international markets.”

Carsten Bothmann, CEO Mercedes-Benz Trucks Vostok added: “Our joint enterprise in the production of heavy-goods and other specialist Mercedes-Benz vehicles at Naberezhnye Chelny is already into its fifth year, with the 7,000th vehicle coming off the production line in September 2014. Gazpromneft-Lubricants has made a major contribution to this, with closer cooperation in the supply of oils and engine fluids to the Mercedes-Benz Trucks Vostok assembly line allowing us to make the production process more local and meet the necessary performance targets, on schedule. Starting up a tailor-made refuelling complex on our production line is fully consistent with the high quality standards of assembly-line production under the Mercedes-Benz brand, and allows the implementation of cutting-edge automation and logistical solutions in production processes.”

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Gazpromneft-Lubricants Ltd is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, specialising in the production and sale of oils, lubricants and service fluids. Established in 2007, Gazpromneft-Lubricants Ltd has five production facilities throughout Russia, Italy and Serbia. Total production volumes stand at more than 490,000 tonnes of premium oils, lubricants and service fluids per year. Management policies at Gazpromneft-Lubricants and its production assets are fully compliant with international ISO standards, including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 16949 and OHSAS18001. The company supplies its products to the production lines of Mercedes-Benz Trucks Vostok, Derways Automobile Company, the Avtotor group of companies (producing General Motors and Hyundai vehicles), KAMAZ, and GAZ. The company’s products are used by corporate organisations including Severstal, SIBUR, Gazprom, Evraz and MMK (OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works). The company’s product range includes 470 branded oils and lubricants across all market sectors (more than 1,000 products in total). The company currently commands a 14-percent share of the Russian lubricants market, as well as operating in the markets of Eastern and Western Europe, the CIS, the Baltics, the Central Asian republics, the Dominican Republic, and others. The company’s products are sold in more than 45 countries worldwide.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks Vostok LLC is a joint enterprise between Daimler AG and JSC KAMAZ, producing more than 30 variations of its Actros, Atego, Axor, Unimog, and Zetros models at its Naberezhnye Chelny facility. Mecedes-Benz Trucks Vostok LLC is the general importer and exclusive distributor in Russia of Mercedes-Benz, Western Star, and Freightliner heavy-goods (freight) vehicles and special-purpose machinery. More than 7,000 heavy-goods vehicles and more than 15,000 pieces of special-purpose machinery have been produced аt Naberezhnye Chelny in the five years following establishment of the plant in 2009. Some 350 employees are currently engaged at the plant, which has gained a 14-percent market share among the „Big Seven” producers. The company’s dealership network comprises 56 official dealerships and authorised service centres in major population centres throughout Russia.

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