Kutaisi automotive factory was founded on the basis of a former automobile plant. Kutaisi automotive factory was founded in 1945. In 1951, the first Georgian motor vehicle KAZ -150 was produced in the conveyor line. During its existence the factory issued 8 truck models and 3 trailer models, including the agricultural off-road 4 × 4 formula dump articulated truck KAZ-4540 +GKB 8535, production of which was planned within the frameworks of so called food program and was started by the end of 1983 after the reconstruction and re-equipment of the plant to ensure the capacity for the production of 20 000 articulated vehicles annually. There was a great demand of the mentioned articulated vehicle in the soviet republics as it was a motor vehicle designed for a technological purpose with a sustained minimum speed which operated well with the combined harvester and other similar mechanisms.
Within the frameworks of the mentioned program a V- shaped 6-cylinder diesel engine model KAZ-IAMZ-642 was developed having 150 horse power capacities, with which the above-mentioned dump articulated truck was equipped. The modification of the same engine with a turbo compressor and 180 horsepower capacity, as well as a three-axis board motor vehicle and a long haul truck were at the development stage.
In 1990-1996 years the volume of motor vehicles was reduced and the factory started searching of the partners abroad with the purpose of production and export of various spare parts, molded, cold-pressed and hot wrought machine parts manufactured through a mechanical processing. Relationships were established with some well-known Italian and German firms such as: Italian: "Pantuzi", "PIR", “Pramac Lifter", "Goldon","Carraro","Lully","PlastItalia","Crown"; German “Zurn”"Amsbek” "Arthur Shade", which were monthly provided with 200-400 tons of finished products per certain periods: heavy weight counterbalance machines for port cranes, sewage well covers, flanges of different diameters, spare parts for a hand-cart cranes: shafts, stems, stoppers, blocks, flywheels also in different sizes and with great precision gear wheels and gear shafts.
In parallel with export, the factory was actively operating in the internal market, new board and special purpose vehicles with 4 × 2 formula was adapted, model KAZ-4560, which was supplied to the energy experts and other concerned companies. In addition, different capacity garbage trucks and vans were developed as well. At the same time the factory established close relations with the JSC "Georgian Railway", the energy sector and the Ministry of Social Security. The factory provided them with the requested spare parts, consumer goods and carried out repair woks of the details of large power plants.
In 2006, one part of the factory was involved into the Holding Georgian Industrial Group and resumed functioning under the name of Ltd Kutaisi Automotive Factory. At the first stage of its operation its partners were well-known Georgian companies:
At present the consumers of the factory are “Georgian Railway, "Sakcement”, “Technoplast”, “Energo-Pro Georgia” and “Kaspi Cement”, “Rustavcement”, JSC “Madneuli”, LTD “Georgian Manganese”, LTD “Saqnakhshiri-GIG Group”. Following their demands and orders it provided various repair works and spare parts.
Today mechanical and foundry plants operate at the LTD Kutaisi Automotive Factory having the capacity to perform the mechanical processing of cold stamping, thermal processing works, founding various size parts, produces the production of different designation:
For mineral mining sector: ski lift equipment, mine, passenger and freight wagons, belt and roller conveyors, reduction gear equipment and etc.
Railway rolling stock spare parts (hatches of gondola cars, doors of gondola cars, triangles, brake pads, etc.)
Hydropower spare parts and repair works (locking shield restoration works, spigot restoration works, bearing restoration work, axis restoration works, etc.)
Equipment necessary for the construction industry (crushing plates, and hammers, winches, etc.)
Various types of technical products (gearings, gear shafts, nuts, bolts, flanges, etc.)
In addition, Kutaisi Automotive Factory can offer a wide range of agricultural machinery and equipment, locally produced motto-blocks with the capacity of 6 to 9 horsepower and its various components, large-capacity tractor plows, harrows, construction and gardening carts, electric heater parts as well as the guarantee services for the provided products.
Agricultural products processing machinery, mechanical and electrical crushers of grapes, grapes compressing equipment, agricultural tools, etc.;
Currently, the partners of the LTD Kutaisi Automotive Factory are: Georgian Energy Corporation, LTD Saqnakhshiri-GIG Group, LTD Heidelberg Cement Georgia, LTD Eurocement, LTD Poti Port, LTD Geo Enterprise, LTD Global Trans, LTD Kutaisi Cement, LTD Georgian Manganese, LTD Chiatura Manganese Georgia, LTD Madneuli, LTD Bermukha, LTD Sinatle, LTD Caucasus Cement Georgia, LTD Guria, LTD Nini, LTD Gobron, LTD Tsatskhvi, LTD Batvan, LTD Vector, LTD Coco Company, etc. Italian company Fonderie Mizefer, German Zurn, etc.
Kutaisi, September 23, 2016