Swedish Scania to Start Operations in Japan

Scania, a major Swedish automotive manufacturer of commercial vehicles such as heavy trucks and buses, has established a sales and service company in Japan, signalling changes with their alliance to Japanese truck and bus manufacturer Hino.

“The exchange of knowledge at the strategic level that we have enjoyed over the years with Hino has been valuable, for example in emissions and hybrid technology, but we have jointly decided to limit our future cooperation to a customer-supplier relationship,” said Martin Lundstedt, Head of Franchise and Factory Sales at Scania, in a press release.

In establishing its own sales and service company in Japan, Scania will initially concentrate on increasing sales of vehicles in niche segments, including the very heaviest truck segment.

“With its extensive knowledge of Scania’s modular product system, we can offer special vehicles tailored for the Japanese market,” says Sol Bong Chai, Managing Director of Scania Japan Ltd.

Due to the deficiencies in Japan’s infrastructure that arose following the tsunami disaster, there is a sharply increased demand for back-up generator sets for electricity supply, as well as industrial equipment for use in reconstruction work.

“Today there is already major sales potential for Scania’s industrial engines in these segments,” said Chai.

In this new relationship, Scania − backed up by Hino − will remain as a distributor of Hino’s medium-duty trucks in South Korea, with responsibility for sales and service.

Since 2007, Scania Korea has delivered about 1,000 of Hino’s trucks.

In Japan, Hino − backed up by Scania − will retain responsibility for providing parts and service for the approximately 400 Scania tractor units that the company delivered to this market between 2003 and 2010.

Scania employs more than 35,000 people in about 100 countries and maintains its research and development activities in Sweden. In 2010, net sales totalled 78 billion kronor ($12 billion) with a net income hovering around 9.1 billion kronor ($1.5 million).

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