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Scania receives a major order from Bosnia

Scania has signed an agreement for the delivery of a total of 300 trucks to the Cetra haulage company in Sarajevo, Bosnia. The initial batch consists of 40 tractors and semi-trailers, valued at about 40 million Swedish kronor.

"This order is confirmation of the reputation Scania enjoys throughout this region," says Urban Erdtman, Senior Vice President and head of Scania’s European sales. "As the restructure of Bosnia and Herzegovina gets under way, we are increasing our presence here by being the first western European manufacturer to open service workshops in the country."

For Scania, this order also confirms a stronger stance in the "new" Europe, that is to say the region which, in the coming years, is expected to absorb the lion’s share of the growing European demand for trucks.

"We will open two service workshops in Bosnia and Herzegovina before the end of this year, one in Sarajevo and the other near Mostar. This is a clear indication of our faith in the growth of central and eastern parts of Europe," says Urban Erdtman.

Cetra is part of the Cenex Group, a conglomerate of investment and finance corporations owned by the Bosnian finance family Delimustafic.

"I see the agreement with Scania as a step towards stabilisation of the conditions in the country and a revival of Bosnian trade and industry," says Mr Alija Delimustafic, Chairman of the Board of Cenex and former Minister in the Izetbegovic government.

The Scania trucks will be used for domestic distribution of food and consumer goods and for operations in the country’s decimated foreign trade sector, which has now reawakened albeit on a small scale. Of the 12,000 or so trucks which operated in Bosnia before the war, only about 100 or so remain in suitable condition for international haulage operations.

For further information, please contact Thomas Skoglund, Manager Scania Communications and Public Affairs. Tel +46 70 556 07 97 or +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.