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Lindemann: Russian commercial vehicle market makes a comeback

Berlin, 07 September 2017

Many German makers of commercial vehicles, trailers and bodies, and suppliers are again at Moscow’s COMTRANS trade show

A large number of German manufacturers and suppliers are presenting innovations “made in Germany” at the COMTRANS commercial vehicle trade show in Moscow. “Many German makers of commercial vehicles, trailers and bodies, along with suppliers, are once again taking part in the trade show. Ten companies, most of them SMEs, are displaying their innovative commercial vehicle products at the 300-square-meter German stand. The entire product range is here, from vehicle and body manufacturers to suppliers of components and systems. There are also many other German companies with their own stands at the trade fair. This underscores the importance of the Russian market to our companies,” stressed Dr. Kay Lindemann, Managing Director of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). This year the German business pavilion is being organized by Messe Frankfurt with support from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs in cooperation with AUMA (Association of the German Trade Fair Industry).

The Russian economy is back on track for expansion. Several years of economic contraction were followed by the first positive signs last year, and now a tangible recovery can be made out. The trend has turned upward again. Yet there are also numerous uncertainties affecting economic development in Russia.

The Russian market for heavy-duty commercial vehicles has already shown strong growth this year. After the first seven months, the market was showing a year-on-year increase of 43 percent. Lindemann commented, “The Russian market is making a comeback. In 2016 new registrations already showed a slight rise of 6 percent, but that was starting from a low level.” In 2012 the Russian market for heavy commercial vehicles reached a record of over 134,000 units, but by 2015 this had more than halved, down to below 50,000 heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

“The German commercial vehicle industry has always pursued a two-pillar strategy – also in Russia – with exports from German plants bound for Russia supplemented from production in the country itself. In recent years, local production was adversely affected by the weak market development,” Lindemann explained. Despite the recovery, demand was still relatively weak, he added. “The makers of trailers and bodies from Germany have built up a good reputation in Russia and a robust market position for themselves. But of course they too suffer under a market demand that is weak by long-term comparison,” the VDA managing director said.

The following firms are presenting their products and innovations at the German pavilion: Lamilux Composites, Bär Cargolift, Kömmerling Chemische Fabrik, Mekra Lang, Jokon, Voith Turbo O.O.O., Dolezych, GOFA Gocher Fahrzeugbau, TE Connectivity Germany and alga Nutzfahrzeug- und Baumaschinen.

COMTRANS is the most important commercial vehicle exhibition in Russia and is one of the major international truck shows. It takes place in Moscow every two years. This year more than 200 exhibitors from 18 countries and over 15,000 trade visitors are expected to attend.

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