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Atlas Copco compressed air solutions cut energy consumption by 30% for Russia’s largest truck manufacturer


KAMAZ, the largest truck manufacturer in the Russian Federation, has achieved annual energy savings of 30% in all its plants, using an advanced energy saving concept from Atlas Copco. Through installing new compressed air equipment, KAMAZ is able to reduce their energy bill by more than RUB 200 million             (5,2 MEUR) in 2012.

Kamaz PR event handshake - March 28th - Russia

Left to right: Stephan Kuhn, President Atlas Copco Compressor Technique Business Area, Alexander Zhdanov, General Director, Kamaz Energo, Jan Kougl, General Manager Compressor Technique, ZAO Atlas Copco

On March 28, together with the inauguration of a new compressor room, KAMAZ signed a five-year total responsibility service agreement which ensures maximum uptime of the equipment by giving full coverage of the compressed air units, including all components.

At the inauguration ceremony held at KAMAZ’s foundry plant in Naberezhnye Chelny, Stephan Kuhn, President of Atlas Copco’s Compressor Technique business area said: “This is a most modern and efficient compressor installation. It is a milestone in innovation and energy efficiency. Together we have been able to exceed all expectations for energy savings and efficiency gains.” 
 “Energy-saving solutions have considerable importance for any company that wants to be a global player,” said S. A. Kogogin, General Director of KAMAZ. “Each innovation must not only improve the product quality but be of superior quality itself. KAMAZ always opts for major global brands in choosing its business partners. We are happy to do business with Atlas Copco.”

Kamaz PR event group - March 28th - Russia

Left to right: Yuriy Bezymenniy, Chief of Energy Department at KAMAZ Foundry Plant, Oleg Cherepanov, Deputy Director of Kamaz Energo, Jan Kougl, General Manager, Compressor Technique, ZAO Atlas Copco, Alexander Zhdanov, General Director, Kamaz Energo, Stephan Kuhn, President Atlas Copco Compressor Technique Business Area, Leonid Luzgin,General Director of KAMAZ Foundry Plant

Energy saving concept developed by Atlas Copco
Following an evaluation of KAMAZ’s existing systems, Atlas Copco presented a two-stage concept involving decentralization of the compressed air supply system. In 2008 KAMAZ signed the first contract with Atlas Copco. 
The result was even better than expected,” says Jan Kougl, General Manager, Atlas Copco Compressor Technique, Russia. “KAMAZ was able to take out of service five old centrifugal compressors with a total power consumption of 16,000 kW.”

The contract for the second stage was signed in November 2010. This included 21 ZH-series centrifugal air compressors, 20 FD refrigerant dryers and several GA 250FF oil-injected screw compressors. Delivery and installation took place during March 2012.

About the KAMAZ Group
With more than 55,000 trucks rolling off its lines annually and with over 2 million trucks produced to date, KAMAZ ranks among the world's largest heavy truck manufacturers. The Group has 14 plants located in Russia, mostly in the republic of Tatarstan, and employs about 70,000 people. In addition to trucks, KAMAZ produces trailers, buses, tractors, engines, power units, and tools.

Kamaz truck
Kamaz vehicles are recognized as extremely tough and reliable – A fact that has been proven several times over through the resounding successes in famous rallies, like Paris-Dakar.

The backbone of the Kamaz energy efficiency project are Atlas Copcpo ZH series centrifugal air compressors, FD refrigerant dryers and GA oil-injected screw compressors, which allow a cut down of the energy consumption by 30%.

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Atlas Copco’s Compressor Technique business area provides industrial compressors, gas and process compressors and expanders, air and gas treatment equipment and air management systems. It has a global service network and offers specialty rental services. Compressor Technique innovates for sustainable productivity in the manufacturing, oil and gas, and process industries. Principal product development and manufacturing units are located in Belgium, Germany, the United States, China and India.

Atlas Copco is an industrial group with world-leading positions in compressors, expanders and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. With innovative products and services, Atlas Copco delivers solutions for sustainable productivity. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 170 countries. In 2011, Atlas Copco had 37 500 employees and revenues of BSEK 81 (BEUR 9). Learn more at