On Saturday 22 January, the Swedish national Top Team final was decided in Södertälje. Of the ten finalists, the team “Snoddas drängar” (Snoddas’ lads) from Jönköping will represent Sweden at the international competitions in Brussels. The team “Enslingarna” from Skövde finished second and the Mora-based team “OneMoraTime” placed third.
Scania Top Team is back. Following a moratorium during the financial crisis, Scania has resumed competitions for service market staff including technicians and parts staff. International competitions are being organised throughout the world and during 2011 a total of 46 countries will participate.
After winning both qualifications in competition with 138 Swedish teams, Snoddas drängar – representing Atteviks Lastbilar in Jönköping – will compete as Sweden’s representative in the international finals in Brussels 20–22 May. A total of five finals will be decided and the two best teams from each final will qualify for the Top Team World Championship Final to be held in Södertälje in October 2011.
The tenth Swedish final was organised at Scania’s Training Centre in Södertälje. The competition focuses on areas such as problem analysis, troubleshooting, parts and product issues, remedial action and verification. “To solve the various assignments under strong time pressure competitors need, in addition to excellent skills, a good team spirit and an organised approach,” says Gunnar Carlsson, responsible for technical training at Scania. “The competitions are designed to emulate daily work in which customer needs constitute the competition’s challenging assignments.”
Fierce races against the allotted time took place at the practical and theoretical assignment stations. A combination of a systematic approach, team discipline, skills and keeping nerves under control were decisive.
Snoddas drängar’s team coach Gunnar Harrysson believes that his team’s excellent collaboration worked in their favour. “Before results were announced, we weren’t aware that we had succeeded, especially considering the fact that we competed for the first time and the other teams were more experienced. But perhaps our lower average age contributed toward the victory; we’re faster with the computer,” Gunnar Harrysson says adding his thanks to the other teams for cordially congratulating them on being victorious.
Interestingly, Tony Svensson whose nickname is Snoddas, was missing from the competition line-up since he had travelled on previously planned holidays. As substitute, Fredrik Liljeberg with less than three years’ experience was called in. “Competing was a tremendously nervous experience, although it isn’t all that different from everyday work with the pressure from drivers and hauliers,” he says.