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Scania muscles up

Scania muscles up

NZ Truck & Driver News

 September 2019   
Scania New Zealand, part of the global Traton truckmaker group, is muscling-up its new Kiwi operation – with "a recruitment blitz" under way.

Scania says it's making its largest-ever investment here, with its new HQ in Penrose and a satellite operation in Wellington now up and running – with a Christchurch base to follow.

"Performance teams and service divisions will be in situ very soon," the company says.

Led by managing director Mattias Lundholm, who has been over 20 years with Scania – the last six years as the vice president of connected services and solutions for Scania global – Scania NZ is in the throes of recruiting 50 staff.

This, it says, will ensure that its team has the "industry expertise and credentials" to "marry up with the technology, safety features and fuel efficiency which characterise Scania trucks."
Recent key appointments include network director Colin Bowden, performance director Rob Covich and sales director Deon Stephens. In addition, Scania NZ says its head office "is brimming with a freshly hired business controller, executive assistant, marketing and communications, and people and culture execs." 
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Scania New Zealand, part of the global Traton truckmaker group, is muscling-up its new Kiwi operation – with "a recruitment blitz" under way.

Scania says it's making its largest-ever investment here, with its new HQ in Penrose and a satellite operation in Wellington now up and running – with a Christchurch base to follow.

"Performance teams and service divisions will be in situ very soon," the company says.

Led by managing director Mattias Lundholm, who has been over 20 years with Scania – the last six years as the vice president of connected services and solutions for Scania global – Scania NZ is in the throes of recruiting 50 staff.

This, it says, will ensure that its team has the "industry expertise and credentials" to "marry up with the technology, safety features and fuel efficiency which characterise Scania trucks."

Recent key appointments include network director Colin Bowden, performance director Rob Covich and sales director Deon Stephens. In addition, Scania NZ says its head office "is brimming with a freshly hired business controller, executive assistant, marketing and communications, and people and culture execs."

It says of its growing Kiwi presence: "For more than two decades, model after model from Swedish trucking heavyweight Scania has arrived into the country then been customised, showcased and distributed by third party CablePrice. 

"But no longer. Scania NZ's localised presence is here.

"With an unwavering commitment to sustainability, fuel efficiency, safety and parts/repairs service – delivered across every truck model, featuring all of the premium and luxury touches expected from Scania – rapid growth is expected." 

It accepts that its expansion moves "fly in the face of ANZ Truckometer's most recent expectation – that economic growth will bottom out mid-year."

But Scania's 2019 new truck sales have been up on recent years. To the end of July it had registered 111 new trucks (with a GVM above 4.5 tonnes) – 98 of them in the premium (23t to maximum GVM) heavy-duty sector. That indicates that it's on target to improve its 167 2018 sales by around 13% this year. 

Lundholm says this is "an exciting time and I'm confident that Scania NZ staff will follow through on a simple proposition to current and potential customers: We'll be quicker to complete repairs and get the parts you need, and quicker getting you back on the road."  

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