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Early end to Scania, CablePrice relationship

Early end to Scania, CablePrice relationship

NZ Truck & Driver News

 March 2021   

Scania New Zealand’s commercial relationship with CablePrice – the former longtime Kiwi representative of the Swedish make – is being brought to an early end.

Scania NZ says the two-year notice period for the termination of CablePrice’s status as an approved service dealer – which was to end in August 2022 – is being brought forward to the 19th of this month.

In a press release, Scania NZ MD Mattias Lundholm assures Scania customers of “a seamless transition of service, with Scania maintaining an ongoing service-workshop presence across all of the affected locations.

“Scania’s renowned quality customer service remains our top priority, so it will be business as usual for our customers regarding access to Scania servicing and parts in their local areas.  

“We will be making a further announcement very soon regarding plans and timelines around Scania’s future presence in the specific locations of Whangarei, Gisborne and Hastings.”

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Scania New Zealand’s commercial relationship with CablePrice – the former longtime Kiwi representative of the Swedish make – is being brought to an early end.

Scania NZ says the two-year notice period for the termination of CablePrice’s status as an approved service dealer – which was to end in August 2022 – is being brought forward to the 19th of this month.

In a press release, Scania NZ MD Mattias Lundholm assures Scania customers of “a seamless transition of service, with Scania maintaining an ongoing service-workshop presence across all of the affected locations.

“Scania’s renowned quality customer service remains our top priority, so it will be business as usual for our customers regarding access to Scania servicing and parts in their local areas.  

“We will be making a further announcement very soon regarding plans and timelines around Scania’s future presence in the specific locations of Whangarei, Gisborne and Hastings.”

Scania says Lundholm “thanks Scania customers for their patience as the company continues to build on what he describes as a very exciting growth period for the brand.”

CablePrice issued its own press release on the same day as the Scania announcement – chairman David Harvey also declaring “it’s business as usual” for CablePrice’s equipment divisions and its South Island Daimler dealerships, “following the end of its 30-year partnership with Scania…”

Says Harvey: “Our business is going through a period of change as we exit our Scania agreement, manage impacts from the end of our dealer agreement with John Deere Forestry and Construction, deal with the ongoing effects from COVID-19 and optimise our operating costs.”

The changes are aimed at positioning the business for a more sustainable future.

CablePrice, he adds, is proposing to close its branches in Whangarei and Gisborne, its North Shore site and its commercial vehicle operations in Auckland, Rotorua, Palmerston North and Hastings. 

It’s planning to establish local service agents in Whangarei and Gisborne to support customers there, and “to focus its North Island operations on expanding its construction machinery retail business.

“Our Japanese owners, Hitachi Machinery Construction Company, are supportive of our plans and are backing us to turn the company around and secure new business growth and opportunities.”

Harvey adds: “The company is in a strong position in the South Island, where it has been experiencing significant growth through new agreements with Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, FUSO and Detroit.”

Meantime, Scania has appointed On Site Mechanical Repairs its new authorised service dealer for Blenheim.

Scania NZ service director Nick Allan says maintaining Scania’s quality customer service was top of mind in the appointment: “On Site Mechanical Repairs directors Ben McMaster and Aaron Parish are all about providing a professional service through technical solutions, expert advice and a proven track record of ensuring their customers succeed.”  


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