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Scania starts own importer company in Moscow

Scania will establish an importer company in Moscow from 1 June 1997 and the company is planning investments in a new service and workshop facility.

"Demand for our products has increased markedly in Russia," says Urban Erdtman, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing Europe. "Starting our own importer company is therefore a natural move."

Since 1992 Scania has been present in Moscow with a representation office.

"Russia is an important growth market. Long-term it will become one of the largest in the world for heavy trucks and buses," says Mr Erdtman.

Last year Scania sold 141 trucks on the Russian market, out of a total of 838 imported heavy trucks. To date this year Scania has already sold 160 trucks.

"Overall, the market for imported trucks is likely to increase during 1997, compared to last year. With our own importership we will be better able to grow in pace with the market."

Scania is currently recruiting some 30 persons for the Russian sales and service organisation. The Managing Director of the importer company will be appointed within short.