Membership and participation in industry associations help Scania understand the positions of others in our sector, give us the opportunity to engage others in our worldview and provide contact with influencers.
Scania works with a range of business organisations in markets around the world, a few of which are described below.
ACEA – the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association
As a place to find out about EU transport policy and the opinions, positions and agenda of our peers in the transport sector, ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, provides probably the most important forum in Europe.
Scania has about 25 representatives in various committees at the association.
AEB- Association of European Business in Russia
Scania is a member of the Association of European Business in Russia. We actively participate in a variety of AEB Committees with a focus on automotive industry-related issues and regulation.
ANFAVEA – Brazilian National Association of Vehicle Manufacturers
ANFAVEA is the Brazilian National Association of Vehicle Manufacturers. The organisation represents the vehicle industry with manufacturing facilities in Brazil. Scania is an active member, working with legislators, regulatory authorities, institutions and the public.
BIL Sweden is the national industry association that represents manufacturers and importers of cars and trucks. Scania’s membership in BIL Sweden is helpful when discussing joint industry interests with politicians. It also gives us the opportunity to be represented at OICA (the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers) and to take part in UN expert groups seeking to achieve global harmonisation of vehicle legislation.
CENTEC – Center for Environmental Technology and Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility
The Center for Environmental Technology and Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) are the Swedish government’s initiatives to promote CSR at seminars and meetings. Scania is an active partner in this work together with the Swedish Embassy in Beijing.
China-EU Partnership on Urbanisation
Although China and EU are in different urbanisation phases, they face similar challenges and have opportunities for working together. The China-EU Partnership on Urbanisation aims to promote exchanges and cooperation on a range of sustainable urban development topics.
Scania is engaging in China on sustainable transportation in cities where we are contributing to thought leadership and showing in a practical way that investment in transport infrastructure brings more benefits than it costs. We also engage through our membership in the European Chamber of Commerce.
Scania is a partner in this initiative to focus on identifying, developing and promoting green technology solutions in China.
ERTRAC – European Road Transport Research Advisory Council
The mission of ERTRAC, the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council, is to provide a framework to focus coordination efforts of public and private resources on key research activities. ERTRAC has more than 50 members representing all actors in the Road Transport System including automotive suppliers, EU and national bodies, users, cities and regions and vehicle manufacturers.
All elements of the road transport system are included in research: urban mobility, transport interfaces and long-distance freight transport. Areas of inquiry include vehicles, infrastructure, logistical and mobility services and energy and resources.
EUCAR – European Council for Automotive R&D
EUCAR, the European Council for Automotive R&D, is the European body for collaborative automotive and road transport research and development. EUCAR is an industrial association owned by its members, the 14 major European manufacturers of cars, trucks and buses.
The members of EUCAR compete with one another and with non-member automotive manufacturers. However, in many fields where there are common interests and mutual advantages, such as basic research, EUCAR members collaborate to strengthen their collective competitiveness.
EUCAR identifies future challenges and automotive R&D needs, communicates and interacts with key European stakeholders and initiates, monitors and supports R&D projects. The outcome affects innovations that will be introduced to markets in the next 10 to 20 years.
European Green Vehicles Initiative
The European Green Vehicles Initiative (EGVI) is a public-private partnership that addresses the societal challenge of developing a smart, green and integrated transport system. Its objective is to support R&D on technologies and infrastructure essential for achieving breakthroughs in the use of renewable and non-polluting energy sources, safety and traffic movement.
Research topics under the Green Vehicles Initiative include several areas of central interest to Scania such as trucks, internal combustion engines, bio-methane use and logistics.
Due to the cross-cutting nature of the EGVI, the European Commission is represented by a number of Directorates General – notably DG Research and Innovation, DG Information Society, DG Mobility and Transport, DG Energy, DG Environment and DG Enterprise and Industry. Industry is represented by ERTRAC (see above), the European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration (EPoSS), SmartGrids (the European Technology Platform for Electricity Networks of the Future) and others.
Forum for innovation in the transport sector
Forum was born out of Sweden’s Transport 2030 project, which concluded that there is a need for increased cooperation between transport stakeholders if we are to achieve a sustainable transport system by 2030. Forum is an organisation of private and public stakeholders from industry, municipalities and regions, academia and government, focusing on strategic issues related to Swedish research, development and innovation in the transport system and its interaction with other sectors of society. It takes a systems approach and works at the interface between the stakeholders involved and their competencies.
FFI – Transport Efficiency Programme
The Transport Efficiency Programme, known as FFI, is a collaboration between the Swedish government and the automotive industry to jointly fund research, innovation and development activities focusing on climate, environment and safety. Scania is a member of the FFI board, and Vinnova acts as the secretariat.
KNEG – Carbon Neutral Goods Transportation on the Road
KNEG, or Carbon Neutral Goods Transportation on the Road, is a Swedish cooperation among 15 members working to halve emissions from road transport in Sweden by 2020, using 2005 as the baseline. The long-term goal is to achieve climate-neutral road transport in Sweden. There are four main focus areas: more efficient transport, vehicles and fuel, and promoting the use of biofuels.
KTH – Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm
In November 2011, Scania signed a Memorandum of Understanding with KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. This formal agreement stands out from other relationships Scania has with research establishments and universities by signalling a deep cooperation that both strengthens KTH’s delivery of research and education and secures a future supply of employees with advanced expertise for Scania. The well-structured relationship draws on Scania’s Technology Road Map to identify future technology and competence needs.
Integrated Transport Research Lab (ITRL)
Putting combined strengths to challenging the task of sustainable transport, Scania and the KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, in Sweden began collaboration in 2014 on the Integrated Transport Research Lab (ITRL) – a new research centre at KTH that will focus on future transport systems and developing innovative low-carbon solutions. The lab will contribute to technology and systems-based solutions that allow for significant and concrete reductions in transport sector carbon emissions to levels below the EU’s 2020 CO2-reduction target. Through the ITRL, Scania and KTH are aiming to create a bridge between academic research and the needs of society and the transport industry’s business models and development processes.
OICA – International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers
OICA is the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, whose members represent the global auto industry. The vision is to connect people, products and services to enhance quality of life and sustainable automobility. OICA is committed to technological innovation in the areas of safety, environment and fuel efficiency. It seeks global harmonisation of safety and environmental standards to benefit all countries. Engaging on harmonisation of vehicle regulation is important to Scania because we gain access to more markets when countries share standards.
At the national level, OICA represents its members and develops policies and positions with them. It promotes their position on the international stage and among the general public.