The Scania foundry at the company’s headquarters in Södertälje, Sweden, turned 100 years in 2014. The facility is where the heart of a Scania vehicle is created: the cylinder block and cylinder head.
Scania produces between 85,000 and 90,000 engines each year. These are placed in trucks, buses, marine vessels or prepared for use in industrial machinery, ahead of being used by customers around the world. And most begin their journey at the Scania foundry in Södertälje, Sweden.
”The operation has a long history, but our focus has always been on quality, tensile strength and working environment,” says Kent Wargclou, a former head of the Scania foundry, who spent 42 years working on the site.
Focus on engine development
Over its 100 years of operations, there have been significant changes at the foundry. The work here was previously heavy, hard and relied upon skilful craftsmanship. Today, the process is highly mechanised, with significantly higher demands on precision and tolerance levels.
There have always been close ties between Scania’s foundry and the company’s Research & Development units in areas such as materials and moulding sand. Today, this is becoming increasingly important, as tougher emissions standards put even more focus on engine technology.
“The largest advantage of having our own foundry is that we can control the quality in all steps of the production process, right from the beginning with the casting of the part until machining and the final assembly of the engine,” says Fredrik Wilberfors, Design Engineer .