Kamaz to Lay Off Up to 3,000 White-Collar Employees image

Kamaz, the Russian truckmaker, plans to increase its business efficiency by laying off between 1,500 and 3,000 white-collar employees.

“Our figures do not match international standards of 9 to 11 percent of people working in offices (out of the total number of employees) as Kamaz now has 17 percent,” said Kamaz’s spokesman Oleg Afanasyev.

Kamaz, which employs around 50,000 people, reached a net profit of 1.8 billion rouble ($55 million) last year after a loss of 889 million rouble in 2010. The company plans to boost exports by 25% mainly in Kazakhstan considered a priority sales market, and return as quickly as possible to its pre-crisis level of overseas sales.

At the end of June Daimler and Kamaz have strengthened their strategic partnership established in 2008, resulting in greater collaboration on the production of truck cabs. Mercedes will supply Axor cabs to Kamaz, which will incorporate the vehicles into its new generation of trucks in 2013.

“Our modular system is once again paying off. We strengthen our partner’s competitiveness with our technology,” said Andreas Renschler, the Daimler Board of Management Member responsible for Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses, on the occasion of the licensing agreement.