Scania first with Service Workshops in Bosnia-Herzegovina
"Scania is the first truckmaker to establish its own Service Workshops in Bosnia-Herzegovina. This is part of our drive to penetrate the growth markets of eastern and central Europe."
This comment was made by Urban Erdtman, Senior Vice President and head of European sales at Scania, when he presented details of the company’s operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina to President Alija Izetbegovic today.
Scania is strengthening its presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Following the delivery of 20 of an initial order of 40 tractors to the Cetra haulage firm of Sarajevo, the company is now opening a representation office and two service outlets in the country.
The Scania Representation Office for Bosnia and Herzegovina is located in Sarajevo, which is also the site of a service workshop. A further service workshop is under construction in Konjic, about 60 km west-southwest of the capital. Scania engineers from Sweden are in the country to help with the establishment of the service network.
"An expanded, operational service network is essential to our presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina," commented Mr. Erdtman. "The availability of expert service is one of the assurances which Scania offers its customers."
The complete long-haul rigs - tractors and semi-trailers - which Scania has delivered to Bosnia-Herzegovina are being used for the distribution of commodities such as foodstuffs and consumer goods, as well as in the country’s export trade, which has been resumed on a small scale. Of the 12,000 or so trucks in the country before the war, only about a hundred are now suitable for international traffic.
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Scania is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. With 23,800 employees and production facilities in Europe and Latin America, Scania is one of the most profitable companies in its sector. In 1997, turnover totalled SEK 39,700 million and profits after depreciation SEK 2,800 million. Scania products are marketed in about 100 countries worldwide and approximately 95% of total production is sold outside Sweden.