As a young boy, Kristoffer Klingberg felt he had two career alternatives – truck driver or engineer. Scania gave him the opportunity to do both.
Kristoffer Klingberg more or less grew up inside a Scania 141, the truck his father drove in the greater Stockholm area in the early 1980s. “Sitting on top of a V8 engine made me want to choose between a career as a truck driver or an engineer,” he remembers.
This led to him studying mechanical engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, where he specialised in integrated product development, which served him well in his role in the development of the new V8 engine. After graduation he took a job at Scania and quickly got his truck-driving licence, the realisation of both his career goals.
Klingberg has now spent the past 11 years at the company. Initially he worked with cooling systems; later he added gas exchange and turbo matching to his fields of expertise.
Klingberg’s favourite V8 object
“I’m interested in systems and thermodynamics really gets me going. I was involved in optimising the cooling system and air flow in the New Truck Generation. The larger cooling fan is one of many improvements.”
Klingberg has been Assistant Chief Engineer for the new V8 engine since 2013, which involves meeting requirements from the marketing, service, production and purchasing departments. “We have the customers’ profitability in mind in everything we do. We focus on fuel consumption as well as on repair and maintenance issues,” he says.
Klingberg’s favourite V8 object is the new double inlet turbocharger. “Its contribution to increased performance and reduced fuel consumption is reason enough.”
Klingberg is also interested in how people work. “As well as the project itself, I’m equally interested in people’s well-being and in getting people to work better together. People from several departments need to work together to find the issues before the products reach our customers. That requires a coaching approach to leadership.”
What about driving trucks? “I’ve been driving prototypes equipped with sensors between Sweden and Spain. Driving and getting a better understanding of a complete truck in this way is very rewarding.”