Scania East Africa Officially Opens Its Sales and Service Centre and Launches the Scania Marcopolo Bus and Euro 4 Truck Range
02 DECEMBER 2022
Scania East Africa is proud to have officially opened its new sales and service located on Mombasa Road, Syokimau. At an event attended by H.E. Ambassador Caroline Vicini, the Swedish Ambassador to Kenya and Honourable Sharon Mutua, the County Executive Committee Member for Trade, Industry, Tourism and Innovation, from the County Government of Machakos, customers and industry stakeholders, the company also launched the Scania Marcopolo bus and its Euro 4 truck range in the Kenyan market.
The company’s new modern facility is an investment as part of the company’s commitment to the country and the region in enhancing its service offering to its customers and providing them with optimized and sustainable transport solutions for their business operations. “We believe in the potential and growth of the Kenyan and East African market, and with service operations and building a service network being close to our hearts and important to our customers, this investment is a testament to that,” highlighted Lars Eklund, Managing Director, Scania East Africa, during the event.
At the new facility, the company is in a more convenient location suitable for its customers, and with the setup and space available, the company is able to accommodate more trucks and buses at its fully equipped service centre. Additionally, in line with the company’s commitment to sustainable business and sustainability being at the centre of its operations, green technology has been incorporated at the facility with rain harvesting, reverse water osmosis for water treatment for piped water to eliminate the use of bottled water, an oil collection system for proper disposal of oil waste from the workshop, an environmental station for waste segregation, and installation of a solar system in the pipeline.
Also speaking during the event, H.E. Ambassador Caroline Vicini, the Swedish Ambassador to Kenya, supported the investment of the company in assuring the market that Scania is here to stay, and that when customers purchase trucks and buses from the company, they will benefit from the service offering at the new facility. “This investment is also a commitment by the company for its employees, because they have a top notch working environment that will help them perform well and be very productive,” the Ambassador stated.
The Ambassador also highlighted her support for Swedish owned companies in Kenya, and in promoting the strength of Swedish engineered trucks and buses, and Kenya benefiting from the country’s history and expertise in the automotive industry in improving transportation which Scania is interested in supporting the Kenyan government with.
In supporting Scania as one of the businesses in the Machakos County, Honourable Sharon Mutua, County Executive Committee Member for Trade, Industry, Tourism and Innovation, at the County Government of Machakos, represented H.E. Wavinya Ndeti, the Governor of Machakos County during the event, and shared the Governor’s agenda through her administration of creating an enabling environment for businesses in the county to successfully operate and thrive. “My department is continually engaging with industries and investors by working with associations such as the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), and such close collaborations have greatly improved the industrial investment across the county,” Hon. Mutua shared during her address.
At the culmination of the event, the company celebrated the launch of its Euro 4 truck range in line with the new legislation taking effect from 1st January 2023 prohibiting the selling of heavy commercial vehicles with engine ratings less than Euro 4. “Euro 4 is not new to Scania, and we have been ready as a business for Euro 4 for more than ten years, and I personally was hoping for Euro 5 legislation straightaway. However, I am happy and appreciate that the country is adopting Euro 4 legislation, and we are ready to offer these products,” cited Lars Eklund. This is a step which the company applauds the government in taking because at Scania, driving the shift towards a sustainable transport system that is better for business, society and the environment is its vision.
Also launched during the event was the Scania Marcopolo bus, a premium luxury bus with a seating capacity for 50 passengers, which has been built on the Scania F360 6x2 bus chassis, with the body being supplied by Marcopolo, a body builder based in Brazil, who will be supplying the body parts of the bus, which will thereafter see the bus assembled at AVA (Associated Vehicle Assemblers) in Mombasa, Kenya.
Find out more about the Euro 4 truck range on our digital showroom here