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Belarusian MTZ to roll out new generation of forest harvesters

Economy 15.01.2020 | 15:14
Photo courtesy of belarus-tractor.com
Photo courtesy of belarus-tractor.com

MINSK, 15 January (BelTA) – The Belarusian mechanical engineering company MTZ intends to make a new generation of vehicles for forestry industry in 2020, the company's press service told BelTA.

MTZ Chief Designer for Vehicles Vladimir Korobkin said that MTZ designed the current lineup of forwarders, harvesters, and other vehicles and machines for forestry enterprises in the 2000s. They are in need of improvement. It is necessary to, first of all, computerize the controls in order to make driving them and finding faults easier. Hydrostatic transmissions will be used to enable smooth steplessly variable speed adjustments and easy driving, which is very important for forestry vehicles, the engineer said.

Meanwhile, MTZ intends to start designing a new municipal truck. The current model Sh-406 uses diesel fuel while municipal services are already switching to purely environmentally friendly vehicles. This is why the new municipal truck will be fully electric. In the future it will become a basic model for designing other kinds of vehicles and machines for urban infrastructure maintenance, road maintenance, and other applications.

MTZ will continue improving tracked tractors. The company now offers models for ameliorative operations, civil engineering and agricultural applications. There are plans to install an electric transmission into the latter. It will greatly reduce fuel consumption in addition to making driving more convenient.

According to Vladimir Korobkin, MTZ has set out to accomplish an ambitious goal: start upgrading the entire lineup of special-purpose vehicles. The company intends to make innovative vehicles that use new principles in order to lay the groundwork for distant future, too.

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