New Scania factory costing six million kronor
Scania Polska, Scania's wholly-owned importer in Poland, inaugurated its first wholly-owned dealership on Friday in the city of Szczecin, an investment totalling six million Swedish kronor.
"Szczecin is a particularly important region for us in the expanding Polish market," says Christoffer Ljungner, Managing Director of Scania Polska. "We expect to sell about 150 trucks a year here, and we have accordingly invested in 900 square metres of service and workshop facilities. Szczecin is right at the hub of several major transport routes crossing Poland."
Poland has in a very short space of time developed to one of Scania's most important Central European markets. In the Polish market, Scania has so far this year delivered more trucks than during 1996 as a whole. Scania has its own truck and bus assembly factory in Poland.
The Mayor of Szczecin, Bartlomy Sochanski, was enthusiastically backed by his municipal council in expressing considerable satisfaction over Scania's firm growing presence in the area.
Sweden's newly appointed ambassador to Poland, Stefan Norén, pointed out, to the 200 assembled guests, that Scania was a good example of Swedish corporations investing heavily in Poland. He emphasised that Sweden is now Poland's sixth-largest foreign investor.
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.