Scania expands NZ service network
Posted: 19-May-2020 |

Scania New Zealand has added a new service dealer to its South Island network.

ACL Smallbone will now service the South Canterbury and Mid Canterbury regions for Scania - operating from two main locations, Timaru and Ashburton.

Last year Smallbone Timaru - an existing Scania service dealer - merged with Ashburton contracting business, ACL, with a view to expansion. ACL Smallbone's new partnership with Scania adds huge value to the brand, establishing a mega site for commercial vehicles in the region.

Scania New Zealand Managing Director, Mattias Lundholm, says this expansion demonstrates our commitment to provide a premium service offering for our customers.

"As our network of service dealers grows, Scania are well equipped to deliver customers more convenience than ever before. The scale of service offered by the ACL Smallbone merger represented an ideal acquisition to Scania's network in a key growth region of the country."

The partnership's strategic appeal was immediately apparent to Scania New Zealand's Network Director, Colin Bowden.

"ACL Smallbone was a perfect fit for our network from our first discussion. Their commitment to a customer-focussed dealership was clearly evident, and I know our customers will be impressed as they ramp up their new premises over the next few months."

The dealership's new workshop in Ashburton is under construction, despite challenges presented with the lockdown, and it is expected to be open in July.

ACL Smallbone CEO, Gary Casey, says he is delighted to have partnered with an industry leader like Scania.

"Scania's standing within the New Zealand trucking industry as well as its expanding customer base will benefit all the parties involved in this exciting new venture – most of all the truckies within the South Canterbury and Mid Canterbury regions."

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