TATRA / Navistar Joint Venture

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DATE: Sept. 22, 2009

SOURCE: TATRA, a. s.

TATRA and Global Truck Producer NAVISTAR Defense Join Forces

TATRA, a.s., the heavy-duty truck manufacturer located in Koprivnice, Czech Republic, today announced the signing of an agreement with global military truck producer, Navistar Defense, LLC of the United States.

The agreement calls for TATRA and Navistar Defense, the military arm of global truck company Navistar, Inc. to jointly develop and market new Class 8 off-road trucks using Navistar engines and components on TATRA’s unique and proven chassis and suspension systems. The trucks will be marketed in conjunction with Navistar Defense in all markets of North America, including all United States military and all Foreign Military Sales financed by the United States government worldwide.

Ronald Adams, Board of Director’s Chairman and CEO of TATRA, said: “Tatra is tremendously excited about this strategic alliance with Navistar Defense. Navistar is a great company with a proven track record of success and a very fine team of professionals covering all disciplines of the truck business. We fully expect that through this alliance Tatra’s military market share in North America will grow significantly as will Tatra’s revenues from this new business.” Total military expenditures in North America account for more than 50% of annual global military spending.

The agreement also provides for Tatra to source parts and components through Navistar’s powerful global supplier network for Tatra trucks delivered in markets outside North America. Said Mr. Adams: “I am particularly energized by the opportunity to tap into Navistar’s tremendous supplier base. This will provide us with an excellent means of lowering our cost of materials on all Tatra trucks which, in turn, will make Tatra a more competitively priced product in both new and existing markets.” Tatra and Navistar Defense have also agreed to market and sell jointly new Navistar-TATRA trucks in their respective existing markets around the world. “This may be the most important strategic agreement in the last 20 years of TATRA,” concluded Mr. Adams, “because it can help fulfill at the same time our two basic goals for success - increased revenue and lower costs.”

Navistar, based near Chicago, Illinois, is a New York Stock Exchange listed company whose revenues last fiscal year exceeded 14 Billion U.S. dollars. The company produced 102,000 trucks and 345,500 engines during 2008. Navistar has 30.8% of the truck market in the United States and Canada.

Archie Massicotte, President of Navistar Defense, said of the agreement “We believe the TATRA chassis is the most capable off-road suspension system available anywhere in the world and by joining with TATRA through this agreement, we together will be able to offer our military customers the most superior value and performance solution.”
 

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A quick google search shows that the Tatra, model 815, at least, can already be fitted with Cummins or Caterpillar engines (from factory as I read it)...
 
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