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Australia wins Scania Top Team 2013

Team Southern Stars from the Scania workshop in Sydney, Australia, has earned the title of the world’s best Scania service team. The winners defeated skilled service teams from New Zealand and Finland in the Scania Top Team 2013 world finals.

On 21 and 22 November, the world’s 10 most skilled Scania service teams participated in the Scania Top Team 2013 world finals in Södertalje, Sweden. Teams from Australia, Finland and New Zealand scored highest in the semi-finals to merit a spot in the final knock-out round, with Team Southern Stars from Australia eventually taking the top spot.

“Unbelievable,” says team leader Phillip Sage of the Australian team’s victory. “It’s the best experience ever.”

Strong teamwork, determination and enduring self-confidence paved the way to the victory for the Southern Stars.

“We had great teamwork,” says Sage. “We said to each other, ‘Never give up!’ We never got stressed. We knew we could do it.”

The finals were closely followed by 400 on-site spectators, including the finalists from Argentina, Austria, Germany, Italy, Peru, Slovakia and Switzerland.

The Australian team was crowned the winner, but truck owners around the world know they can rely on very skilled service technicians to take care of their Scania trucks.

Harald Cederberg, Director Technical Training at Scania Academy, has followed Top Team for many years: “As more and more countries take part in Scania Top Team, training hours increase,” he says. “As a result, the organisation develops and the service staff’s proficiency grows.”

Cederberg also points out that the teams that have made it all the way to the finals work in a more structured way than they did before. “The teams have only gotten better over the years,” he says.

“We may have just crowned a winner for 2013, but Top Team continues to be a process aimed at improving our workshop services globally.”


The world’s most-skilled Scania service teams

1st place, Australia: Team Southern Stars from Preston, Sydney. Team members: Phillip Sage, Graham Andrews, Michael Farrell, Logan Hoser and Benn Jeffery.

2nd place, New Zealand: Team Kiwis from Whangarei. Team members: Scott Cann, Michael Adams, Gavin Brindle, John Burhenne and Shane Parker.

3rd place, Finland: Team Kirkkopuiston Sissit from Lahtis. Team members: Janne Murtoniemi, Saul Ala-Akkala, Jari Korhola, Petri Levonen and Teemu Tiihonen.

Watch the final knock-out round here:

Scania Top Team began as a Swedish national training event in 1989 and has evolved over the years to become the international event it is today. This year, more than 8,000 service technicians and parts experts from 63 countries all over the world took part. The 2013 event was the ninth Scania Top Team event held.

Scania Top Team is also used as a tool to improve the working methods in Scania’s workshops. Good working methods result in a more motivated staff that rotates less, which leads to a more professional and skilled workforce. Consequently, this workforce increases the quality of the work performed at workshops all over the world.