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1966: Acquires Be-Ge's plant for truck cabs

Cab manufacturer, and supplier since 20 years, Be-Ge Karosserifabrik in Oskarshamn, on the southern east coast of Sweden, was acquired in 1966 and cab production began under Scania-Vabis’ own  auspices. In 1961, new Swedish legislation required truck cabs to withstand heavy impacts on the A-pillar, on the rear wall and a heavy load on the roof. This meant an immediate shift to steel cabs for all Swedish truck manufacturers, and a competitive advantage on export markets as similar requirements were not legislated by the European Union until the late 1990s. When Scania acquired the BeGe cab factory in Oskarshamn, Sweden in 1966, the BeGe cab factory in the Netherlands was part of the deal. It is located in Meppel, a town 25 km from the truck assembly plant in Zwolle.

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