MINSK - OAO BelAZ truck maker (BelAZ Group holding company, based in Zhodino, Minsk Oblast), and Russia’s provider of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions ZYFRA signed a strategic partnership agreement on July 10, 2019.
BelAZ and ZYFRA have agreed to jointly develop “robotisation technologies” for the mining industry and set up an R&D centre at BELAZ for innovation in the fields of artificial intelligence and autonomous transport.
As previously reported, BelAZ and VIST Group (provider of IT solutions, owned by ZYFRA) launched production of driverless quarry trucks in 2018.
The Belarusian Automobile Plant (BelAZ) was set up in 1958. It is one of the world’s largest producers of automobiles for open cast mines and building significant hydroengineering objects.
The company assembles over 200 models of mine trucks with the carrying capacity ranging from 27 to 450 tons, special machines (front loaders, wheel bulldozers, wheel vehicles for metallurgic companies, aircraft haulers, irrigative machinery, automobile dump semitrailers, and consumer goods).
Engines for rock handlers are supplied by foreign companies such as Cummins (USA) and Deutz (Germany), less powerful ones are bought from Yaroslavl Automobile Plant and Ural Motor Plant (Russia).
The annual output equals 800-900 items. BelAZ produces heavy-duty trucks for open-cast mining in South-East Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.