Taking part in the formal ceremony were President of Volvo Trucks Staffan Jufors, President of Renault Trucks Stefano Khmielewski, Governor of Kaluga Region Anatoly Artamonov, and Swedish Ambassador to the Russian Federation Juhan Mulander.
Supply by Volvo Trucks to the Russian market has increased significantly in recent years, from 500 units in 2003 to 2,500 units last year. Demand keeps growing this year - 2,600 trucks had already been shipped by the end of August, which is double the sale volume of the same period last year. At the present time, the Volvo Trucks dealership network has 35 authorized service stations and 20 sales offices located throughout Russia.
Renault Trucks sold a total of 533 units on the Russian market in 2006, while 608 new trucks had already been delivered by the end of August this year. Sales doubled in comparison with last year. At present, Renault Trucks Vostok service network includes 19 maintenance shops. Since the time Renault Trucks entered the Russian market in 2004, the number of shops has been growing rapidly.
In order to satisfy the increasing demand on the Russian market, the plant in Kaluga will also produce Volvo Construction Equipment. No final decision has been made yet, but it is expected that equipment will be assembled, manufactured (in limited quantities), and stored at the plant. Production is scheduled to start after 2010, and obviously excavators will be the first to roll off the assembly line.