Top managers of KAMAZ are taking part in the business program of the Russia-Africa summit and the economic forum timed to it, which ends today in Sochi.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking at the summit, noted the importance of this business event aimed at developing trade and economic ties between the countries. The head of state expressed hope that during the forum new directions and forms of cooperation will be outlined, promising joint initiatives will be put forward that will bring the interaction between Russia and Africa to a qualitatively new level. Within the framework of the unprecedented summit, more than 50 African heads of state and more than 8,500 representatives of government and business discuss the broad economic and investment agenda of relations between Russia and the States of the African continent, including the supply of equipment and vehicles to Africa.

The plenary session «Russia-Africa: unlocking the potential of cooperation», held on October 23, was attended by Director General of KAMAZ Sergey Kogogin and CEO of foreign Trade company KAMAZ Rafail Gafeev. Also, the head of the export direction became a participant of the sessions «Transport infrastructure on the African continent. Prospects for joint projects» and «Holding business in Africa: opportunities, conditions and risk».

Today, on the second day of the forum, top managers of KAMAZ held talks with President of Senegal Maki Sall. In addition, there were meetings of KAMAZ with the delegations of Ghana, South Africa, Guinea, Egypt, Angola and Mozambique.

The exhibition space of the forum demonstrates Russian breakthrough developments and flagship projects that are in demand for the needs of African countries. The leader of the Russian cargo engineering industry presented the KAMAZ-6520 dump truck, which successfully proved itself in the markets of Guinea, Liberia, Ghana, as well as the KAMAZ-43118 onboard, used by international organizations to ensure the delivery of humanitarian goods to remote regions in Uganda and Ethiopia.

The possibilities of Russia in the field of prevention and control of infections were presented, including the example of mobile laboratories on the basis of KAMAZ. Currently, such complexes are already used in Guinea and Vietnam, and deliveries to Mongolia will begin in December. Participants and guests of the forum had the opportunity to see the laboratory, get acquainted with the technical characteristics.

Innovative technical solutions in the KAMAZ-6580 model


For many years KAMAZ makes dump trucks using modern technologies and foreign parts and sells at a price lower than foreign counterparts. But there is no limit to perfection, and even a well-made engineering can be made even better. KAMAZ-6580 complements the 6520 line in areas where high load capacity is required — for example, in quarries or in the construction of large facilities.

This model is fundamentally different from its predecessors. Its production was started in early 2017, after the release of the tractor 5490. They even have the same assembly principle — except that all elements of the 6580 have been strengthened to work in harsh conditions at maximum loads. 

The base model is a construction dump truck with a gross weight of 41 tons with a 6×4 wheel configuration and the Mercedes-Benz OM 457LA.V/3 engine with the power of 401hp. In addition, there are several modifications with different weight, wheel formula and chassis for special add-ons.

KAMAZ-65806-truck tractor deserves special mention. It allows to tow a semi-trailer. The total weight of such a road train is 74 tons, it is equipped with a Mercedes-Benz OM 457LA.V/4 engine, developing 428hp.

The Platform

It is not a secret that the domestic operation of construction equipment is primarily subject to speed and economy, and not to norms and recommendations – the load is poured with a slide to avoid unnecessary walkers. The first dump trucks had a U-shaped body from NEFAZ with a volume of 20–25 cubic meters.

For transportation of large rocks, they were ideal, but when loading with gravel or sand, the weight of bulk materials significantly exceeded the capabilities of the machines. Therefore, in 2017, the 80th series began to be equipped with Betsema bodies of optimal volume: from 16 to 20 cubic meters. The body has exhaust heating, a canopy with a twisting mechanism and an additional staircase. Hydroinstallation – Binotto or Hyva.

The Chassis

The chassis of 6580 is reinforced and is made of S600MC high-strength steel. The rear balancer suspension with Hande drive axles is designed for a total load of up to 32 tons. Front suspension – sheet with rubber joints – under a load of up to 9 tons.

Only KAMAZ-65802 differs – it uses the Hande HDZ-10 front drive axle with a maximum load of up to 9 tons. As a result, the 65801 model with an 8×4 wheel arrangement is capable of carrying 33 tons of cargo – a good option for career work.

The Cabin

The official cabin from Mercedes-Benz Axor is modified for Russian climatic conditions and is produced in Naberezhnye Chelny. Four-point spring suspension, hydraulic lift – even a flexible lower step is provided! In fact, this is a Mercedes comfort at a low cost.

There are no sleeping cabins – all models are produced exclusively in the daytime version. The driver’s seat is in no way inferior to European trucks – all the basic controls are at hand, the panel is turned under the right hand and has many compartments and drawers for all occasions. Air suspension seats, the dashboard is well-read, and the main indicators are displayed on the screen. Moreover, there is a multifunction steering wheel!

By the way, the entire interior is assembled from Mercedes-Benz components, which is immediately noticeable by the silence in the cabin and tactilely pleasant plastic. The ventilation and heating system is thought out to the smallest detail: there is both air conditioning and an autonomous heater. Caring for driver’s comfort is not just a tribute today, but a factor that directly affects the quality of work and its capacity.

Power line

All engines used on the 80th series meet Euro-5 environmental standards (EURO-3 as an option). This is a well-proven Mercedes Benz OM457LA diesel in two versions of the boost. A 70-liter tank is provided for the Ad Blue synthetic urea. Three-axle dump trucks are equipped with an engine with the power of 401hp at 1900 rpm and a torque of 2000 Nm at 1100 rpm, and the engine of the four-axle KAMAZ-65801 8×4 develops 428 HP.

The gearbox — famous for its reliability 16-speed ZF16S 2225T with divider and demultiplier — is installed on all models of the 80-series. There is interaxle and inter-wheel differentials block for work in tough conditions, but most importantly – the problem with non-responsive brake, which has been a headache for drivers of previous KAMAZ generations, is finally solved: a “wet” receiver excluding getting moisture into the system is added, the brake system pipeline diameter is increased as well as the material is replaced and  the size of the brake pads is increased.


Another significant improvement is the use of R24 chamber radial tires instead of R22.5 tubeless road tires. This significantly increases ground clearance and increases reliability in general, which is important when working in a quarry. However, with such axial loads, public roads are not for these building monsters.

As a result, KAMAZ was able to create a universal car for various needs that can withstand a tremendous load, tough roads and the climate of Russia rich in its diversity, while at the price one third lower than European competitors. Isn’t this a reason to be proud?




At KAMAZ with a business visit was the delegation of the state Corporation Rosatom.

The delegation includes representatives of companies from six divisions of Rosatom: mining, fuel, electricity, nuclear weapons complex, as well as divisions of the final stage of the life cycle, science and innovation. The main purpose of the visit is to get acquainted with the best practices of KAMAZ and discuss the prospects of cooperation.

During the visit, the guests visited the training center KAMAZ – «Process simulation Factory». KAMAZ residents told about the trainings held here aimed at optimizing the logistics processes between the supplier and the consumer, increasing productivity, applying the principles of lean production in office and production processes.

In the afternoon, the members of the delegation visited the automobile plant, wh ere they got acquainted with the work of the main assembly line and the assembly line of cabins. They were shown the changes that took place at the plant in preparation for the production of K5 generation cars. The guests also visited KAMAZ-Motorsport, the home of the KAMAZ-master sports team.

The visit ended with a round table. In their speeches, the specialists of the host party spoke about the company’s experience in the development of strategic planning, marketing, advanced solutions in the field of project and investment management, as well as the Production system KAMAZ.