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New organisation for Scania's European truck assembly operations

Jaap Bergema, currently president of Scania Nederland, will become a member of Scania's executive management when he becomes head of the new Truck Assembly organisation on 1 January. The unit will coordinate all European truck assembly operations, including ordering and planning, in Södertälje, Zwolle, Angers and Slupsk.

Together with Chassis/Cabs and Powertrain, Truck Assembly will form part of Development and Production under Håkan Samuelsson, vice president and technical director of Scania.

"The change will mean increased overall responsibility for order processing, production planning, assembly and delivery," says Håkan Samuelsson. "It will create the conditions for more clearly defined customer order-controlled assembly, yielding greater flexibility, delivery precision and delivery quality. We will benefit from simpler contact paths between the marketing organisation and the assembly function."

The appointment of Bergema comes at a time when Scania's operations are characterised increasingly by globalisation of its processes and specifications. This not only affords a high degree of flexibility, but facilitates the exchange of experience and ideas between the company's various production units.

Jaap Bergema began his career with Scania Nederland 25 years ago, first in sales and later (from 1982 to 1986) as service manager for Scania Nederland's five principal European markets. After a spell as production manager, he became plant manager, first in Meppel and then in Zwolle. In June 1993, he was appointed president of Scania Nederland.

"It will be exciting to assume overall responsibility, to coordinate truck assembly to the ultimate benefit of our customers," comments Jaap Bergema.

Bergema will become a member of Scania's executive management with effect from 1 January 1997.

For further information, please contact Hans Rubenstein, head of Public Relations, tel. +46-8-553 81258 or +46-70-556 07 97.

Scania is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. With 22,000 employees and production facilities in Europe and Latin America, Scania is one of the most profitable companies in its sector. In 1995, turnover totalled approx. SEK 34,800 million and profits after depreciation approx. SEK 4,800 million. Scania products are marketed in about 100 countries worldwide and approximately 95% of total production is sold outside Sweden.