The suppliers are laser-makers IRE-Polus, based in Fryazino near Moscow, and robotic software developers Eidos, based in Kazan. Delivery on the order is expected next year.
Similar robots made in Japan tackle vehicle parts weighing under 200 grams. KAMAZ’s robots will be capable of tackling parts weighing up to 50 kilograms.
Dr Robert Krasnov is a leading analyst of the Investkafe asset managers:
"Robotic car assembly lines are no novelty. In Germany, for instance, they assemble Mercedes and Audi models. But KAMAZ’s deployment of lines of this kind to assemble trucks will be a world first. The kind of steel used to make trucks is no match to the one used to make high-end cars."
Dr Dmitry Mikhailov, of Moscow’s MIFI Nuclear Research University, praises KAMAZ’s development strategy:
"True, it doesn’t always make sense to emulate approaches which have already been exercised by most other vehicle makers. On the contrary, it often pays, and quite generously so, to adopt a novelty which has not been introduced by other companies."