Scania’s Research and Development successfully blends innovation with partnership. In 2016 the landmarks of their work include the biggest-ever product launch in the company’s history, and exciting new transport technologies developed with industry and academic partners.
In 2016, Scania’s Research and Development successfully blended innovation with partnership, through the biggest-ever product launch in the company’s history, and through exciting new transport technologies developed with industry and academic partners.
Taking the demands of our customers as our point of departure, Scania’s R&D innovations are aimed at helping transport businesses achieve profitability in a way that is sustainable for society.
For Scania’s Research and Development team, 2016 has been a remarkable year, with the launch of the new truck generation, trials of autonomous and electrification technologies, plus further advances in connectivity, alternative fuels, buses, engines and optimised transport solutions.
In 2016, Scania invested SEK 7.2 billion in R&D, a high-watermark that partly reflected the launch of the new truck generation. Ten years in development, the new truck range saw a total investment of over SEK 20 billion.
The achievements of 2016 are to a great extent due to innovation by our 3,600 R&D employees based in Sweden, in partnership with suppliers, universities and research institutions.
Scania is well positioned but the scale of the challenge of coming up with low-carbon transport solutions and the breadth of possible solutions means that we need partnerships to accelerate change in the transport industry.
As part of the Volkswagen Group, Scania continues to explore knowledge and production synergies with MAN. Group synergies will play an important role in the overall R&D process. By sharing knowledge, experience and production, there is the potential for increasing cost and energy efficiency. The joint Scania-MAN production site in St Petersburg, Russia, which started up in September 2016 is one example. Scania and MAN’s agreement on the responsibility for development of a future common platform of powertrain components (engines, gearboxes and axles) within Volkswagen Truck & Bus is another example.
Collaborations with Ericsson (using 5G communications networks in transport) and Siemens (the electric highway near Gävle, Sweden) are key to our development of smart transport and electrification. Bus Rapid Transport systems in Jakarta, Indonesia and Cartagena, Colombia, have been launched in collaboration with those cities’ transport authorities.
With Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Scania uses the Integrated Transport Research Laboratory to solve issues of sustainable transport. KTH and other academic partners are also producing the R&D talent of the future.
The challenge ahead for Scania is to stay on top of the huge changes in the transport industry, and also ensure that we have the employees with the right skills that can work with the new technologies, so that we can meet our customers’ demands as they change to reflect the way the transport industry is changing.