GAZ Group nominated for supply of components for WABCO brake systems

GAZ Group one of the lagest diversified industrial groups in Russia, was nominated as supplier of components for WABCO brake systems. The components will be delivered to the Russian factory of WABCO, a global manufacturer of brake systems for medium-duty and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. In the first stage, the Ural Automobile Plant will be the end customer of the products within the program of import substitution, and in the future the list of customers may be expanded.

LLC Autocomponents-GAZ Group was nominated by WABCO Europe to supply the body of the wedge release mechanism of the braking system. According to the nomination, the pilot batch of the components is scheduled to be delivered in April 2017, the start of serial deliveries is scheduled for for fourth quarter this year. The castings will be made by the PJSC GAZ Metallurgic Production, the machining will be performed by GAZ Group Kanash Axle Plant. The brake systems with the localized components will be installed on Ural NEXT and Ural M vehicles.

The cooperation with WABCO was the continuation of the project of GAZ Group autocomponent business for development of production of components with world-class quality. In 2012, GAZ Group and Bosal, Europe, launched the production of exhaust systems, in 2014 a joint venture with the Swedish company Bulten began producing fasteners, in 2015 the body parts for Mercedes-Benz Sprinter started to be stamped in-house. In 2016, GAZ became a supplier of components for engine-making Ford Sollers, Bulten Rus was nominated for the supply of products for industrial projects of the Renault-Nissan and Avtovaz Alliance.

Kirill Epstein, Director of the Auto Components Division of GAZ Group:

- Localization of components of  WABCO  brake systems is part of GAZ Group strategy of import substitution of components for the produced vehicles. The import substitution gives the opportunity to reduce the cost of automotive components. On the other hand, our autocomponent business gets the opportunity to expand access to advanced technologies and additional income as a supplier to third-party players. We are grateful to WABCO for their high evaluation of our production processes and product quality.