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New Tatra Museum director

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Jan Jurkovič was appointed interim director of the Kopřivnice Regional Museum

15. 12. 2017 16:02

On 13 December he became the director of the Regional Museum in Kopřivnice, ops Jan Jurkovič. The former director of the museum, Lumír Kaválek, finished the position.Unanimously, the board of directors of the museum, together with the representatives of the city of Kopřivnice and the TATRA TRUCKS car maker, decided to do so.

Josef Jurkovič was appointed interim director of the Koprivnice Regional Museum

Mgr. Ing. Jan Jurkovič, head of TATRA TRUCKS’s property investment and asset management division, will hold office temporarily before a new managerial candidate is selected.

The Board of Directors on Personnel Change states: “We thank Lumír Kaválek for his work as director of the museum during his years of work. The Board of Directors, however, is quite united in the need to make this personnel change. The museum needs a man who is able to communicate with its founders and museum partners in a standard and non-confidential way and who will participate in fulfilling the vision of two technical museums that are gradually being implemented in Koprivnica, one focused on passenger cars and the other on freight and utility. “

The museum’s management board assumes that finding a suitable candidate to run the museum for a long time will last for several months.

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December 17th, 2017

Vintage Tatra lorries will be produced in Trenčín

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Both military and civilian vehicles from the legendary Tatra brand will be produced and serviced in the Slovak city of Trenčín by a special branch of the Czech group.

Tha Tatra brand created a new Slovak company to produce lorrries in Trenčín.(Source: TASR)
The MSM company created the Tatra Slovakia joint venture in cooperation with the Tatra Trucks Kopřivnice group. The task of the new company is to repair, service and develop and produce Tatra vehicles for the defence industry as well as the civilian sector.

Within three to five years, the production rooms in the former Military Maintenance Company (VOP) in Trenčín are to be expanded and adapted, and 100 to 150 new employees are to be hired, head of the Trenčín division of the MSM Land System Miloslav Bobek told the TASR newswire.

“We plan to renovate the current premises and even build new ones, if necessary,” Bobek explained for TASR. “The overall strategy is planned for three to five years, but the first production possibilities will appear in our plant next year already.”

The Tatra brand is the third oldest car brand in the world, and with a hundred year tradition, the vehicles being much in demand all over the world.

“Globally, there is interest in these cars from Asia through Africa, all the way to Latin America, especially due to the high passability of this vehicle, and its performance,” Bobek said, as quoted by TASR. “In the civilian sector, they are especially used in mining companies, quarries and poorly accessible grounds. Four-wheel, six-wheel, and also eight-wheel military cars are attached to the Tatra chassis, as well as special vehicles.”

The MSM Group consists of several plants in Slovakia, with also a branch in Serbia. It focuses mostly on special technology and the defence industry: the Trenčín plant specialises in wheeled and tracked technology, the Nováky plant in ammunition and the Banská Bystrica one on the aviation industry.

The MSM Group is headquartered in Dubnica nad Váhom, where the production of small-bore and big-bore ammunition is located. Around 300 people currently work in Trenčín, while there should be up to 500 employees within five years, TASR reported.

December 13th, 2017

Serbian Tatra trucks?

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https://www.ekapija.com/en/news/1926659/new-owner-planning-to-produce-tatra-and-avia-trucks-at-imk-14

Published under Tatra Works
November 19th, 2017

Off Road Trucks Australia: The story of Australia’s Tatra importer

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Published under History, Tatra Works
October 8th, 2017

New dealers in Holland and Belgium for the Tatra Phoenix

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https://truckstar.nl/truckland-voortaan-ook-officieel-dealer-tatra/

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May 24th, 2017

Tatra renovating 1986 Paris – Dakar truck

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Tatra and the restoration of the T 815 6×6 VE “Sharp II” from the Paris-Alger-Dakar rally 1986

Tatra and the restoration of the T 815 6x6 VE "Sharp II" from the Paris-Alger-Dakar rally 1986
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In September, Tatra Trucks acquired one of the first Koprivnice competition specials for the Paris-Alger-Dakar marathon in 1986 and is now revealing further progress in its renovation.
Present owners of the Koprivnice carmaker do not only pay attention to its current production and future, but it also depends on supporting and saving its history as it is an integral part of the process of brand building.
Thanks to the consistent effort of Ing. Radomíra Smolka, a member of the Board of Directors of Tatra Trucks as and its technical director, was investigated by the owner of the competition car T 815 6×6 VE Ostrý-II of the serial number TNT815P17FK030641 with which the crew Zdeněk Kahánek, Miroslav Gumulec and ing. Josef Kalina with the start number 635 -Alger-Dakar 1986.
In September 2016, this vehicle was acquired in the collections of historical Tatra trucks, and restoration and reconstruction works were started immediately. At the beginning of January this year, the renovation of an exceptional vehicle was roughly in the first third of the whole schedule. It is now halfway behind, and the Koprivnice carmaker reveals further progress.
The centerpiece of the second third of the restoration and renovation work, one of the first Tatra Tattoos in Dakar, was the preparation and production of the superstructure. At the same time, work continued on completing the cabin and chassis. The support tube, the axles, the subframe and the part of the drive train are practically ready for the final finish.
Tatra Trucks states that the cab has undergone a general overhaul with the replacement of several sheet metal parts and has been fitted with an internal security frame in the 1985 version. Little surprise, for example, was the finding that the original dimensions of the tubes for the interior frame production are no longer available on the market, But luckily, the material needed has yet to be won.
The cabin already boasts a new varnish and is currently undergoing installation of internal equipment, an electric beam starting with the coating materials ending. In its original form, the special comes thanks to the 1986 modified bumper and the unique side wind deflectors. The prototypes were original and were missing after the return.
A separate chapter in the entire renovation process of the Dakar special is the superstructure. The original, which has undergone the hell of using and rebuilding under the thirty year service to several owners, remained in France. Respectfully, Jean Philipe took it back from Koprivnice back mounted on the Phoenix 8×8 Euro 6 chassis, for which the T 815 “Ostrý-II” was replaced.
As a result, according to the manufacturing documentation for standard platforms from the second half of the 1980s, it was manufactured and modified in the same way as the original ones. The whole process, of course, was not so simple, because some of the design procedures or rather the way of thinking are practically unrepeatable.
Technical Director Ing. Radomír Smolka therefore did a huge amount of work in de facto reconstruction of the whole body, including all the interior equipment. This time, of course, in line with current trends, primarily in electronic form. Beyond the scope of his duties, the designers Helena Křížková and Jakub Machálek helped him to draw up the drawing documentation.
Production of the superstructure and their individual parts took place both in the Kopřivnice factory and in the external companies. The grid superstructure itself and tarpaulin curves with side profiles of unique dimensions were manufactured by the Ecos high-tech companies, otherwise the supplier of the Tatra Force cabins.
The final assembly is a matter of a team of colleagues at the prototype workshop and actually opens the third, final, third of the renovation of this specialty. Renovation workshop is coordinated by Petr Gilar, one of the best test drivers of Tatra vehicles, an employee of the Vehicle Examination and Homologation Department.
In the seventeenth week, the outsourced company was commissioned to produce the sail and the graphics of all advertising stickers and starting numbers were completed to complete the look of the refurbished car.
The dedicated places in the warehouse are already filled with accessories, which eventually “sharp-II” make their way to the final state.
The pedal boats that have been saved from the barn in France have undergone repassion and got the final white lacquer. The pedal plates themselves had to be made from 6 mm aluminum material all over again, as the original ones still serve somewhere in West Africa. Directly from the 3D model, spherical pans were machined to fit the pedals on the levers.
Similarly, so-called “cobras” of engine suction and a whole bunch of other little things have been rebuilt and manufactured. Michelin XS 14.00-20 tires, which were made with five pairs, will definitely take on the new parts.
The Tatra T 815 6×6 VE with the starting number 635 is also interesting for the eighties and above all ABC magazine readers. It also served as a model for the top-quality paper model made by the architect Richard Vyškovský. The 1:32 racing truck had wheels on the swinging arms and copied perfectly the terrain that was passing over.
The sister car with the starting number 634, however, was a model for the 1:48 scale Monti System, which is still available on Vista.
In September, Tatra Trucks acquired one of the first Koprivnice competition specials for the Paris-Alger-Dakar marathon in 1986 and is now revealing further progress in its renovation.

Present owners of the Koprivnice carmaker do not only pay attention to its current production and future, but it also depends on supporting and saving its history as it is an integral part of the process of brand building.

Thanks to the consistent effort of Ing. Radomíra Smolka, a member of the Board of Directors of Tatra Trucks as and its technical director, was investigated by the owner of the competition car T 815 6×6 VE Ostrý-II of the serial number TNT815P17FK030641 with which the crew Zdeněk Kahánek, Miroslav Gumulec and ing. Josef Kalina with the start number 635 -Alger-Dakar 1986.

In September 2016, this vehicle was acquired in the collections of historical Tatra trucks, and restoration and reconstruction works were started immediately. At the beginning of January this year, the renovation of an exceptional vehicle was roughly in the first third of the whole schedule. It is now halfway behind, and the Koprivnice carmaker reveals further progress.

The centerpiece of the second third of the restoration and renovation work, one of the first Tatra Tattoos in Dakar, was the preparation and production of the superstructure. At the same time, work continued on completing the cabin and chassis. The support tube, the axles, the subframe and the part of the drive train are practically ready for the final finish.
Tatra Trucks states that the cab has undergone a general overhaul with the replacement of several sheet metal parts and has been fitted with an internal security frame in the 1985 version. Little surprise, for example, was the finding that the original dimensions of the tubes for the interior frame production are no longer available on the market, But luckily, the material needed has yet to be won.

The cabin already boasts a new varnish and is currently undergoing installation of internal equipment, an electric beam starting with the coating materials ending. In its original form, the special comes thanks to the 1986 modified bumper and the unique side wind deflectors. The prototypes were original and were missing after the return.

A separate chapter in the entire renovation process of the Dakar special is the superstructure. The original, which has undergone the hell of using and rebuilding under the thirty year service to several owners, remained in France. Respectfully, Jean Philipe took it back from Koprivnice back mounted on the Phoenix 8×8 Euro 6 chassis, for which the T 815 “Ostrý-II” was replaced.
As a result, according to the manufacturing documentation for standard platforms from the second half of the 1980s, it was manufactured and modified in the same way as the original ones. The whole process, of course, was not so simple, because some of the design procedures or rather the way of thinking are practically unrepeatable.

Technical Director Ing. Radomír Smolka therefore did a huge amount of work in de facto reconstruction of the whole body, including all the interior equipment. This time, of course, in line with current trends, primarily in electronic form. Beyond the scope of his duties, the designers Helena Křížková and Jakub Machálek helped him to draw up the drawing documentation.

Production of the superstructure and their individual parts took place both in the Kopřivnice factory and in the external companies. The grid superstructure itself and tarpaulin curves with side profiles of unique dimensions were manufactured by the Ecos high-tech companies, otherwise the supplier of the Tatra Force cabins.

The final assembly is a matter of a team of colleagues at the prototype workshop and actually opens the third, final, third of the renovation of this specialty. Renovation workshop is coordinated by Petr Gilar, one of the best test drivers of Tatra vehicles, an employee of the Vehicle Examination and Homologation Department.

In the seventeenth week, the outsourced company was commissioned to produce the sail and the graphics of all advertising stickers and starting numbers were completed to complete the look of the refurbished car.

The dedicated places in the warehouse are already filled with accessories, which eventually “sharp-II” make their way to the final state.
The pedal boats that have been saved from the barn in France have undergone repassion and got the final white lacquer. The pedal plates themselves had to be made from 6 mm aluminum material all over again, as the original ones still serve somewhere in West Africa. Directly from the 3D model, spherical pans were machined to fit the pedals on the levers.

Similarly, so-called “cobras” of engine suction and a whole bunch of other little things have been rebuilt and manufactured. Michelin XS 14.00-20 tires, which were made with five pairs, will definitely take on the new parts.


The Tatra T 815 6×6 VE with the starting number 635 is also interesting for the eighties and above all ABC magazine readers. It also served as a model for the top-quality paper model made by the architect Richard Vyškovský. The 1:32 racing truck had wheels on the swinging arms and copied perfectly the terrain that was passing over.
The sister car with the starting number 634, however, was a model for the 1:48 scale Monti System, which is still available on Vista.
May 11th, 2017

Dutch experiences with the Phoenix Agritruck

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Original Dutch text and photos:

http://www.boerderij.nl/Mechanisatie/Achtergrond/2017/5/Tatra-Phoenix-snelle-en-comfortabele-Agritruck-130314E/

Background May 10, 2017

Tatra Phoenix: Fast and Comfortable Agritruck

The Tatra Phoenix is a mix of famous Daf components (cab, engine and transmission) and a patented Tatra off-road chassis. And if Berkers Techniek’s importer still takes care of the truck, the Agritruck will be created. A fast and comfortable ’self-propelled carrier’.

It is pleasant tours with the Tatra. The fat 8 × 8 is limited to 65 kilometers per hour. And with 460 hp and 16 auto-shifting gears, the car is in no-time at that speed. When pulling up, you’ll enjoy a deep-eyed engine noise coming out of the cabin. The automatic switching of the ZF AS-tronic tank is only visible through the varying engine sprocket, as this is hardly felt. At speed, you can hear the Paccar engine at 1,250 engine rungs, only a relaxing roast of eight Michelin XS tires sounds.

High and comfortable: on bumpy Twentse and German outer roads lies the air-ragged Tatra without jumps or deins on the road. With a semi-finished silage box on speed, regular driver Nick Oude Vrielink dares to release the steering wheel, as the truck is steady straight ahead. In the corners, the Tatra with a high and heavy load overlaps slightly; “Just get used to it,” says the driver. With a modification to the air springs, this is improved by Berkers.

Type: Tatra Phoenix 8×8
Engine: Paccar (DAF) 12.9 liter 400 hp (option 460 or 510 hp)
Transmission: ZF manual (option: automatic or 6-speed Allison Powershift)
Speed: T5 approved, limited to 65 km / h
Width: 2.80 meters on Michelin 24R20.5 XS
Weight: 13,600 kg empty (18 tons incl. Hook arm)
Max. Weight: Legally allowed up to 46,000 kilos
Price: From net € 200,000 (8 × 8, Daf cabin) to € 320,000 (all options incl. Hook arm, hydraulics, weighing etc.)

The known ‘V’

The Tatra brand makes many people alike think of a spartan army vehicle. Heavily run, all wheels driven, a tiny cab and wheels that stand like a ‘V’. The Czech brand is still active in that world, with heavy army and forestry trucks. But Tatra has been building modern trucks for many years, also for agriculture. Tatra has been purchasing from DAF since 2011. The 12.9 liter six-cylinder Paccar engine, day cab and transmission come from DAF (Paccar). The patented bucket chassis with independent axle suspension is Tatra-own. The result is a very comfortable, self-propelled 8 × 8 ‘carrier’.

Oliebad

That buzz chassis with independent axle suspension is really a Tatra thing. The truck has one tube as a chassis, and through it runs a central drive shaft. Through this narrow chassis, large tires easily fit under the Tatra while maintaining the steering rack. Each wheel has its own branch from the drive shaft. Pignon wheels float the crown wheels with a diameter of 35 centimeters. Due to this gear transmission and independent suspension, the axles have great freedom of shuttle. They are shielded with a kind of pleated rubber.

Each wheel is powered by its own crown and pignon wheel, and has its own oil bath. Due to this transmission and independent axle suspension, the axles have a large shuttle path. - Photo: Tatra Trucks

Because of the pulley wheels on both sides, the axes jump each other 5 centimeters. The planetary differential is also on the central drive shaft. With a pneumatic cylinder you can lock it 100%. Turn the central drive shaft, gearshifts and differential in an oil bath. The crown wheels also spatter oil against the scales of the shuttle. The chassis has no rotating drive shaft on the outside where grass can go winding.

Three positions for air pressure

Tatra builds a lot for the army. For example, all vent pipes have been worked upwards, so that the Tatra can drive up to 1 meter deep into the water. Also air pressure switching systems are cuttings for the army. Tatra is building the pipelines for years. The air pipes run through the oil bath and through the crown wheel. A flexible piece of pipe bridges the fusee.

Berkers builds a self-imported compressor. That’s a one-stroke three-cylinder piston compressor that supplies 1,350 liters per minute. In order to get the eight XS tires from 1 bar to 5 bar, this according to Berkers requires about 6 minutes. Berkers built their own drive in the cabin with a 3-position switch (1, 3 or 5 bar).

Read how Nick Old Vrielink, the wage earner, wins the Tatra by moving the mouse over the numbers:

Saw in the cabin

Berkers adjust the Tatra even more before it comes to the market under the name of Agritruck. By default, the 8 × 8 version has two straight axes. But at the request of Berkers, Tatra builds a steering wheel in front of them. As a result, the standard leaf suspension (additional to the air suspension) has disappeared and Berkers builds a hydraulic spring cylinder.

This spring cylinder builds Berkers only at the rear and helps with heavy loads. Also, larger tires are now used in the front, which makes use of the same rims and hub reductions. For this, Berkers had to see a piece from the cabin. There was also a wooden cart attached to the chassis. And the anti-backbone is given an ‘S’ shape, to accommodate any displacement pump.

Behind the cabin is a 250 liter oil reservoir with on top of oil coolers. This does not limit sight to rear. You look obliquely on the hook, which facilitates picking. - Photo: Bob Karsten

Tilt the hook

Who chooses for a hook arm makes it harder. For this reason, Berkers must reduce transmission and engine. Because, with 1.37 meter high tires, the total height is a limitation. On the Tatras of Wassink, a Schuitemaker Siwa 720 fits on the hook arm and stays (without the yellow rim) below 4 meters.

The angle of the hook arm then reaches 1.5 meters. Berkers Techniek then builds a 6.9 meter long VDL hook arm of 30 tons. One with a nod, making it short on the truck. By the way: From the driver’s seat you look at the hook, which facilitates picking up a container.

3 months lead time

Berkers builds an oil pump himself. Just behind the cabin comes a 250 liter oil reservoir with oil coolers on top of it. Berkers take the drive directly from the engine, and so it runs independently of the transmission (coupling). Useful when unloading on the pit. A load sensing controlled plunger pump delivers 225 liters per minute at 350 bar for the hook arm and structure (for example, dosing rollers, bottom chain, and the like). At 1,700 engine speed, the pump gives 225 l / m with 350 bar and thus 145 kW. All in all, Berkers Technique has been keying 3 months to build the Tatra to Agritruck.

Berkers builds a Loadsensing-controlled oil pump directly on the engine. Thus, unloading on the pit will not depend on the transmission. At 1,700 engine rigs, it produces 145 kW. - Photo: Bob Karsten

Switch in the dredger

Tatra delivers three different transmissions. A ZF manual transmission, ZF automatic gearbox and an Allison power hitch with torque converter. Berkers has so far provided the self-switching ZF AS-tronic. This has 16 gears. Limited at 65km / h, it drives exactly in the highest gear (about 1,250 rpm at 65 km / h).

In wet conditions the manual setting is better, otherwise the Tatra will switch back and forth. The Allison box has only six gears and has a fluid coupling. Probably better in the heavy drag, but expected to increase slightly more in road transport.

The cab comes from DAF. Berkers builds the front armrest control on (right next to the seat) and the control of the tire pressure switch system. A comfortable workplace. - Photo: Bob Karsten

Market space

Berkers Techniek has been an importer of Tatra trucks for two years. The company already built used trucks for agricultural trucks, but this usually appears to be expensive to handle. Terberg has stopped in this segment. According to Frank Berkers, space is in this niche market for the Tatra. Berkers also sees a market in earth-moving. There the Tatra Phoenix would compete with a self-propelled knee dumper. Berkers wants to operate this market itself.

Read how the Wage Company of Eijck in Alps (Brabant) experiences the Tatra by moving the mouse over the numbers:

In addition to the 8 × 8, of which four now work in the Netherlands, Berkers also sees opportunities for the 10 × 10 trucks or 6 × 6 models with semi-trailers. “A baking structure should not be broader than 2.55 meters. Whoever wants to have a lot of loading volume must look for it in length. “The 10 × 10 chassis is 80 centimeters longer, for example, a Kaweco Radium 60 (over 55 kuub) or 36 kuubs manure tank could fit. Frank Berkers also has schematic drawings of a high resolution 10 x 10. If the maximum speed of 65 km / h is another drawback for you, the Tatra has been selected to allow for faster tires and cabin construction.

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May 11th, 2017

Armenian Economy Minister confirms news of Tatra truck factory opening in Armenia

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Tuesday 21 March 2017
Suren Karayan
Photo: Armenian Ministry of Economic Development and Investments

Suren Karayan

Suren Karayan

Armenian Minister of Economic Development and Investments Suren Karayan said today that Armenia agreed with Tatra truck company from Czech Republic to open a factory in Kotayk marz.

Minister Karayan made that statement at the request of Banks.am, commenting on the news that caused a heated discussion in the press.

“A delegation from TatraTrucks arrived in Armenia earlier by the invitation of Prime Minister of Armenia Karen Karapetyan. We had a meeting with the company’s representatives and discussed the possibility of establishing a production in Armenia. The Ministry implemented the corresponding work with Tatra.

I am happy to state that the memorandum signed by TatraТrucks and Zenon LLC implies creation of a Tatra truck factory in Armenia’s Kotayk marz. There are all preconditions for the agreements to be realized,” said Suren Karayan.

Minister Karayan called the public to follow the developments of the situation.

It’s worth reminding that Tatra was founded in 1850. As of 2014, the company had 845 employees and annual revenue of USD 148m.

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March 27th, 2017

Denmark orders CAESAR howitzers on 8×8 Tatra trucks

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Tatra has confirmed that it will supply 8×8 T-8 truck chassis for the Nexter CAESAR 155 mm/52-calibre self-propelled howitzers that have been ordered by Denmark.

The Tatra-based 8x8 version of CAESAR was unveiled by Nexter in September 2015. (Christopher F Foss)The Tatra-based 8×8 version of CAESAR was unveiled by Nexter in September 2015. (Christopher F Foss)

Denmark’s defence minister announced the selection on 14 March, saying Nexter had won the tender to supply 15 CAESARs. Jeppe Reng, a spokesman at the Danish Ministry of Defence (FMN), told Jane’s the DKK300 million (USD43.6 million) contract also includes an option for an additional five and that deliveries are scheduled to commence in 2020.

The CAESARs will replace the US-built M109A3 howitzers currently in service with the Danish Army.

Reng said the FMN had not specifically requested that the CAESAR be mounted on the Tatra chassis, but Nexter had offered this configuration to meet its requirement. He added that the CAESAR was selected over the Elbit ATMOS system in the final round of testing.

“Nexter Systems offered the CAESAR 8×8 Tatra as their artillery system candidate,” he said. “[It] was deemed the most advantageous in terms of technical requirements, acquisition costs, and life cycle costs.”

The use of the 8×8 chassis will enable the Danish CAESARs to carry a heavier payload than the 6×6 versions that are currently in service. They will be fitted with a new automated loading system and be able to carry 30 rounds of ammunition.

Tatra Trucks spokesperson Andrej Cirtek told journalists the Danish CAESARs will use the T-815 chassis configured with a Tatra eight-cylinder direct air-cooled engine coupled with a Tatra-Norgren semi-automatic transmission offering a full-time 8×8 capability. It will have a pneumatic suspension system for all four axles, which Cirtek said is unique for a vehicle of this weigh class.

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March 27th, 2017

Tatra trucks manufactured in Armenia to be sold to Iran

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Tatra trucks manufactured in Armenia to be sold to Iran

March 21, 2017 – 11:50 AMT

PanARMENIAN.NetTatra trucks set to be manufactured in a soon-to-be-launched factory in Armenia will be sold to Iran.

Tatra is a Czech manufacturer producing vehicles. Owned by the Tatra Truck company, it is the second oldest company in the world producing cars with an unbroken history, after Peugeot.

A truck production factory will be built in Armenia’s Kotayk province, according to a memorandum signed between Tatra Trucks and Zenon LLC. The deal is the result of an agreement reached between prime minister Karen Karapetyan and Russia-based Armenian business people.

Chief of Gazprom Armenia Artashat branch Andranik Harutyunyan told PanARMENIAN.Net that the deal was made possible due to his own personal connections.

“The Czech side are my friends, and I have worked with the prime minister for years. So I serve as a link between the two,” Harutyunyan said, adding that negotiations over creating the factory started back in November.

“Once we launched the talks, I had a personal meeting with the Iranian ambassador to Armenia to brief him on the preliminary agreements,” Harutyunyan said.

“The Iranian side accepted the perspective with great enthusiasm, taking into account the EU sanctions. We thus secured a large market for the sale of trucks. “

According to Harutyunyan, the trucks will be exchanged for Iranian goods, which will be consumed in the Armenian and Russian markets alike.

A second phase of the deal will seek to sell the trucks to Russia, which is deemed a wise move in the light of the sanctions against the country, Harutyunyan said. “No sanctions last forever, so we must try to benefit from the situation while we can,” he remarked.

Published under Tatra Works
March 27th, 2017
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