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October, the 23th, 2008

Sisu Auto’s deliveries to Ilim Group (Ust Ilimsk, Russia) under way

The Finnish truck manufacturer Sisu Auto Trucks Oy delivers 103 timber and gravel trucks in autumn 2008 to Russia. Client is the biggest international Pulp & Paper Company in Russia – OJSC Ilim Group.

The trucks will be operating in wood supply operation and road construction for the Pulp mill of Ilim Group in Ust Ilimsk.

91 trucks out of 103 are factory ready SISU E13M Timber Trucks with all needed components for efficient timber transportation in Siberia. Delivery includes also 91 timber trailers produced in Finland. Gravel Trucks are also factory ready, 3-axles trucks from SISU ROCK product family.

Deliveries have started and first gravel trucks and timber trucks are already in Ust Ilimsk (Irkutsk region – approximately 6500km from Finland).

In Monday 27.10 departure so far biggest partial delivery including 10 SISU E13M 6x4 Timber Trucks and three SISU 6x4 ROCK gravel trucks. As all trucks, equipment delivered this week is factory ready including all necessary components for end customer.

Trucks are delivered on their own wheels and estimated delivery time from Karjaa, Finland to Ust Ilimsk is roughly 12 days.

This is one of the biggest individual western timber truck contracts to Russia. Trucks are manufactured in Sisu Auto’s Karjaa factory and all trucks are delivered during autumn 2008.

- This contract is Sisu Auto’s biggest individual contract in Russia and a result of our strategy to invest in the Russian market, states Sisu Auto’s Managing Director Mr Olof Elenius.

In forest resources, Ilim Group is the biggest in Europe. It is also the third biggest pulp producer in Europe. Sisu Auto was selected to be the supplier after an international tender, which all major European, American and Russian truck manufacturers participated.

- Elenius states that by selecting Sisu Auto as the supplier for their timber trucks, Ilim Group proves their trust for Sisu Auto’s ability to operate also in extreme conditions.

Gravel trucks, which are included to this contract, are a major start for broadening Sisu Auto’s exports to Russia. Until now Sisu Auto’s deliveries to Russia have been mainly timber trucks.

Also now Sisu Auto is involved in many different delivery projects to Russia for new Timber Trucks, Gravel Trucks and Sisu Crane (factory ready crane truck)

This contract will also be an important reference for Sisu Auto in Russia, states Export Director Viljo Mettälä.

The equipment ordered by Ilim Group is E13M Timber series. The trucks are equipped with 13 litres Caterpillar C-13, Euro 3 engines (500h.p for timber- and 450h.p for gravel trucks) and non-synchronized Fuller gearbox. The trucks and trailers will be delivered, factory ready, complete combinations.

Sisu Auto will also provide service in Ust Ilimsk in cooperation with its dealers.

The trucks delivered to Ilim Group are continuation for Sisu Auto’s exports to Russia. During last 18 months Sisu Auto has delivered about 200 timber trucks to Russia.

Besides Ilim Group, biggest individual customer has been Kondupoga paper factory in Karelian region, which is working with approximately 100 Sisu Timber trucks at the moment.ory in Karelian region, which is working with approximately 100 Sisu Timber trucks at the moment.

Also now Sisu Auto is involved in many different delivery projects to Russia for new Timber Trucks, Gravel Trucks and Sisu Crane (factory ready crane truck)

In forest resources, Ilim Group is the biggest in Europe. It is also the third biggest pulp producer in Europe. Sisu Auto was selected to be the supplier after an international tender, which all major European, American and Russian truck manufacturers participated.

- Elenius states that by selecting Sisu Auto as the supplier for their timber trucks, Ilim Group proves their trust for Sisu Auto’s ability to operate also in extreme conditions.

More information:
Viljo Mettälä
Export Director, Russia
Phone +358 50 5013617
viljo.mettala@sisuauto.com

www.sisu-trucks.com/portal/en


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