Gazprom Neft Lubricants, Mercedes Partner


Gazprom Neft Lubricants launched an automated factory fill facility at a Mercedes-Benz heavy duty vehicle assembling plant in Tatarstan, Russia.

The fully automated filling unit uses Gazproms proprietary Fluid Solution technology and is specially developed for Mercedes-Benz Trucks Vostok, a Russian joint venture manufacturer of trucks and other automotive machinery. The Dec. 18 launch ceremony was attended by Alexandr Trukhan, Gazprom Neft Lubricants general director, and Carsten Bothmann, chief operating officer of Mercedes-Benz Trucks Vostok.

Get alerts when new Sustainability Blog articles are available.


The main function of the facility is to do more efficient first fill operations in the plants assembly lines, Gazprom Neft Lubricants said in an announcement earlier this month. The system, the first of its kind in Russia, can achieve uninterrupted input of needed volumes of oils and fluids into the engines. The system includes sale, storage and delivery of products with a closed circle of logistic and production processes.

The filling unit can pump about 3,000 liters of oils and fluids daily into vehicles engines and hydraulic systems. It allows us to complete the oil filling procedure in 300 engines daily, Gazprom said.

One of the most important business directions of our company is doing partnerships with the automobile makers, said Trukhan. The key principal is an individual, tailor-made approach to each partner and its business demands.

Based in Naberezhnye Chelny – the second-largest city in Tatarstan – Mercedes-Benz Trucks Vostok is a joint venture between Russian truck manufacturer Kamaz and German automotive corporation Daimler AG.

This collaboration allows us to localize our production and meet its quality ratings by the deadline we have set, said Bothmann. The launch of this customized filling line at our assembly plant meets the highest quality standards set by the Mercedes-Benz brand family. It gives us the highest level of automation in the logistic and production processes.

Since the plants commencement in 2009, Mercedes-Benz Trucks Vostok has manufactured more than 7,000 heavy duty vehicles and 15,000 other automotive machinery units. The joint venture manufacturer produces 30 different modifications of Mercedes Actros, Atego, Axor, Unimag and Zatros brands. It also imports and distributes heavy duty and special automotive vehicles from German automaker Mercedes-Benz as well as from U.S. truck manufacturers Western Star and Freightliner.

In addition to Mercedes-Benz Trucks Vostok, Gazprom Neft Lubricants also supplies factory fill lubes for Russian heavy duty and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers Kamaz and Gaz, as well as for Derways and Avtotor, Russia-based manufacturers of Chinese and Korean automobiles.

Moscow-based Gazprom Neft Lubricants said it held a 14 percent share of the countrys lubricants market in 2013, producing 490,000 tons of base oils and lubricants. The company has three blending plants in Russia, one in Italy and another in Serbia. In Russia it operates two API Group I base oil plants – one in Yaroslavl and another in Omsk. It sells lubricants in a number of Eastern European markets as well as in Central Asian and Middle Eastern countries and in the Dominican Republic, and ships its products to 45 countries.

Related Topics

Business    Europe    Mergers & Acquisitions    Region    Russia