Scania is stepping up its innovative activity and in 2014 filed nearly one patent application per day. Last year, Scania filed a total of 357 applications for national patents, which is the highest amount in Sweden, according to figures just released by the Swedish Patent and Registration Office. That was also a new record for Scania.
Also in 2013, Scania broke previous records with 285 applications. “We’ve been spoiled with record levels over several years,” saysStina Sjögren Paulsson, Patent Manager at Scania. “It’s not unlikely that the 2014 level will be broken once again this year.”
“In line with developments over recent years, patents for electronic and management systems have grown most. But we’ve also filed many applications for patents associated with engine and transmission development. Moreover, we have quite a few applications in the field of hybrid technology.”
Scania has the aim to already in the early stages of development protect its innovations, especially in areas also being pursued by competitors. “If we are aware of the fact that also our competitors have made progress in developing similar components, we need to ensure that we are comprehensively protected.”
The key to success
Scania’s research and development department, which is primarily located in Södertälje but also in São Paulo, is one of the largest in Sweden with a staff of 3,500.
“I am proud that Scania is seen as one of the most innovative companies in Europe,” says Harald Ludanek, Executive Vice President for Research and Development at Scania.
The key to success in the future is to today start developing future products and innovation, according to Harald Ludanek. “We recognise that we are facing an upcoming paradigm shift in the automotive industry. With a foundation of a solid and sustainable powertrain technology and an electronic platform, connectivity opens new areas for optimising our customers’ business. Innovations in all of this area will define our success in the future.”