The purchase of hundreds of Scania engines in the last two years has helped make FOGO Poland’s leading manufacturer of power generators.
FOGO is based in the small village of Wilkowice in western Poland, midway between Poznan and Wrocław. The company was established in 2002 after its owner Tomasz Błaszak had a moment of inspiration generated by concerns over the millennium bug.
“I realised then that we are a society that cannot exist without electricity,” says Błaszak. “So the idea came to not only sell power generators but to start producing them as well.”
Since then FOGO, whose names stands for “focused on generators only”, has developed a wide range of power generator products. And in 2006, FOGO started supplying to international companies, with a focus on Russia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and West and South Africa. FOGO is now Poland’s leading manufacturer of power generators.
Started working with Scania in 2015
In 2015 the company started working with Scania in order to help it maintain its leading role in power generator manufacturing as well as ensure that its customers have the best after-sales service.
Initially FOGO purchased 28 Scania 13- and 16-litre engines to see how they worked in their products. A year later the company purchased more than 200 Scania engines from across the whole Scania range. Similar numbers of deliveries have taken place in 2017.
FOGO has praised Scania engines for their sound construction, excellent reliability, step load performance and low fuel consumption. The very well developed Scania after-sales network is also of huge value to FOGO. There is in fact a Scania workshop just a 10-minute drive away from FOGO’s premises. The company gains additional confidence from having parts and technical help on its doorstep.
And through their use in FOGO products, Scania engines have recently been delivered to some remote parts of the world.
A FOGO generator is for example, currently being used by a customer in Pointe-Noire, the second-largest city in the Republic of the Congo (also known as Congo-Brazzaville). Pointe-Noire is a port city and oil industry hub located on the Atlantic coast, and the generator is being used for an offshore platform.
FOGO also supplied a power generator with a Scania engine to its Russian partner Energoprom, a distributor based in Ekaterinburg, a city that lies at the foot of the Ural Mountains.
New production facilities
“FOGO has strongly promoted the Scania brand on the Russian market,” says Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, Business Development Manager, FOGO. “Our partner Energoprom installed a unit with a Scania engine for an end user in the oil and gas fields.
“Energoprom has extensive experience in the installation of power generators in extreme conditions and they keep stocks of Scania engine parts, which in addition to its distributor network means the company can quickly get to remote locations and help solve technical problems,” Wlodarczyk adds.
“Scania Poland responds very quickly to all our enquiries regarding parts, and we also have perfect contact with the service centre,” Wlodarczyk says. “Any problems are resolved quickly and professionally.”
FOGO has ambitious development plans. Next year it will open new production facilities, which will enable it to more than double its production capacity. Cooperation with Scania is seen as a part of this growth strategy.