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Orders for 290 buses and bus chassis

Scania has received orders worth about SEK250 million for a total of 290 buses and bus chassis from customers in Egypt and Britain. The Egyptian customer is Ghabbour Bros. Co., which is to buy 144 chassis, and British bus operator FirstBus, which has ordered 145 buses.

"The FirstBus order is our biggest ever single order from a British company." says Rolf Teljeby, head of marketing at Scania Buses & Coaches.

FirstBus, the biggest bus operator in Britain, has ordered 145 low-floor buses to be built on Scania L113 chassis and bodied locally by Wrights. The vehicles, which are earmarked for urban and interurban services, were sold through Reliable Vehicles Ltd., one of Scania's British dealers.

"Together with Spain, Britain is now Scania's biggest European bus market," explains Rolf Teljeby. "We have strengthened our market position in Great Britain recent years and our market share up to and including this September is just over 12%."

In parallel with the British order, Scania has been awarded a contract to supply 144 bus chassis to Ghabbour Bros. Co. in Egypt. Ghabbour will bodywork the vehicles for interurban and tourist coach services.

"Scania has long enjoyed a strong position in the interurban and tourist coach segment in Egypt. This order will strengthen that position further," comments Rolf Teljeby.

"After several years of decline in the total market for buses in this segment, the trend has been reversed and there is an accumulated demand for fleet renewal from several of the Egyptian bus companies."

Scania is one of the leading bus makes in Egypt, to which the company has sold about 1100 buses over the years.

The 144 chassis for Egypt will be shipped as assembly kits during the first quarter of 1997, while the British order will be delivered over a two-year period.

The orders will help to maintain a high production loading at Scania's bus assembly plant in Katrineholm. However, no new recruitment is envisaged.

For further information, please contact Gunnar Boman, Head of Public Relations at Scania Buses & Coaches, tel. +46-150-585 99.

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.

Bus manufacture takes place in Sweden, Brazil, Denmark and Poland.