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BelAZ (БелАЗ)
Vehicle Marque

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Official Site: moaz.ru
Wikipedia: BelAZ
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A truck & heavy equipment manufacturer based in Žodzina, Belarus.

Model names used by BelAZ throughout its history include: 540, 540A, 548A, 548B, 549, 7519, 7521, 7522, 7540, 7545, 7547, 7557, 7513, 7517, 7530, 7531, 7558, 7560, 7571, 75212, 75211, 75214, 75296, 75303, 75483, 75570, and 75710.


The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's BelAZ page on 3 January 2021, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

BelAZ (Belarusian: Беларускі аўтамабільны завод, romanized: Belaruski autamabilny zavod, lit. 'Belarusian Automobile Plant', Russian: Белорусский автомобильный завод or БелАЗ) is a Belarusian automobile plant and one of the world's largest manufacturers of large and especially large dump trucks, as well as other heavy transport equipment for the mining and construction industries.

BelAZ is a site for one of the largest Commonwealth of Independent States investment projects. The factory finalized two of the three scheduled phases of the technical re-equipment and upgrades. The Quality Management System applied in research and development, fabrication, erection and after-sale service of the equipment complies with international ISO 9000 standards.

  • In 1948, a peat extraction machinery plant was constructed by the railroad station Žodzina.
  • In 1951 the plant was expanded into the plant of road construction and land improvement machinery and renamed into "Dormash" (Дормаш), an abbreviation for "дорожное машиностроение", "road construction machinery building".
  • In 1958 it was renamed into BelAZ. Initially it produced MAZ trucks.
  • In 1961 the first 27-tonne BelAZ pit and quarry dump truck was manufactured.
  • In 1990 a 280-tonne truck was manufactured.
  • In 2001 the director of BelAZ plant, Pavel Maryev, was awarded the order Hero of Belarus.
  • In 2005 plans were revealed for production of BelAZ 75600 with 320 tonne (352,600 kg, or 352.6 tons) capacity, ordered by Kuzbass mining.
  • In 2006 the independent Mogilev Automobile Plant (MoAZ) was merged into BelAZ.
  • In fall of 2006 the first delivery of BelAZ-75600.
  • In April 2012, BelAZ announced it would hold an IPO – the first in Belarus.
  • In September 2013, BelAZ presented the first sample of mining dump truck BelAZ-75710, the world largest dump truck with 450 tons load capacity.

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