Press Room

Top Team: Countdown to World Final – Latvia, Austria, Brazil and Argentina

For more than 20 years, Scania Top Team has grown from a Swedish national competition to a global event, with contestants from the company’s workshops all over the world. On Saturday, the best team in the world will be crowned. Today we present the four remaining finalists: Latvia, Austria, Brazil and Argentina.

Nikijs Hofrats, coordinator, Latvia:

How has your team prepared for the World Final?
“We prepare ourselves every day at work by repairing Scania vehicles. Our team consists of professional service technicians; we work together as a team in order to achieve our goals.”

What is your team’s greatest strength?
“Each member of the team knows exactly what is being done by the other members.”

What is the most important lesson that your team has learnt by taking part in Top Team?
“By participating in Top Team competitions, our team has learned how to trust in each other.”


Gerhard Hablas, coordinator, Austria:

How has your team prepared for the World Final?
“The team has met several times after work practising diagnostics and doing online lessons on TMS, Scania’s Training Management System.”

What is your team’s greatest strength?
“The significant strength of our team are the internal cooperation and communication we share along with the friendship between the team members. We have improved our problem-solving structure and know the individual strengths of our colleagues very well.”

What is the most important lesson that your team has learnt by taking part in Top Team?
“When you go a step deeper into diagnosis of a failure you get more out of the work contract. Every time you practise with the diagnostic programme SDP3 or similar systems you get more familiar with them, speed up your work and improve your knowledge.”


Artur Westin, coordinator, Brazil:

 How has your team prepared for the World Final?
“We have met several times after work at the dealer and the training centre to study and solve problems. For example, for the last few days we have been focusing on the differences between European and Brazilian products.”

What is your team’s greatest strength?
“We have a young team that is very united. Every day they have a large volume of service issues to deal with.”

What is the most important lesson that your team has learnt by taking part in Top Team?
“The competition helps to increase knowledge and team building.”


Fernando Bustamente, coordinator, Argentina:

How has your team prepared for the World Final?
“We have been studying individually and together as a team to define the rules and procedures. For example, we reviewed all of the courses we have taken. In the regional final we didn’t achieve a good result in the bus portion, so this time around a customer gave us a bus to practise on.”

What is your team’s greatest strength?
“The members of our team are very well coordinated and trust each other. We also have a good sense of humour, which allows us to be very motivated and not succumb to pressure. If we take a wrong step, we recover before the next one.”

What is the most important lesson that your team has learnt by taking part in Top Team?
“The importance of focusing on how to diagnose a problem before starting to disassemble anything. As such, we have been working a lot on defining procedures and roles.”