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Scania: Continued streamlining of production in Europe

Scania continues to rationalise and restructure its truck and bus production. The assembly of engines and axles in Holland will be gradually transferred to Scania’s production units in Sweden, where manufacturing and assembly already takes place.

"With some 2,000 employees, Zwolle is Scania’s biggest truck assembly plant. Its central position in Europe, Scania’s major market region, makes this plant very important," says Jaap Bergema, Senior Vice President Truck Assembly.

Around 250 persons are affected at the Scania plant in Holland. They will be offered new jobs in truck assembly, which is facing higher production rates due to an increase in the demand for trucks in Europe.

Scania currently manufactures and assembles complete axles in Falun, Sweden, destined for the truck assembly plants in Europe. The axles for Zwolle, Holland, are supplied as parts, however, for local assembly. The current concentration entails a gradual shift towards the supply of complete axles from Falun to Zwolle. Engine assembly in Zwolle will gradually be transferred to the main engine manufacturing and assembly facilities in Södertälje, Sweden. The volume increase at the Swedish plants will have a limited effect on the number of employees there.

"Concentrating the manufacturing and assembly of these components in one location in Europe will increase our efficiency and lower our costs," says Lars Orehall, Senior Vice President Powertrain Development and Production.

For further information, please contact Thomas Skoglund, Manager, Scania Communications and Public Affairs. Tel. +46-8 553 812 58.

Scania is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. With 22,200 employees and production facilities in Europe and Latin America, Scania is one of the most profitable companies in its sector. In 1996, turnover totalled SEK 33,700 million and profits after depreciation SEK 2,700 million. Scania products are marketed in about 100 countries worldwide and approximately 95% of total production is sold outside Sweden.