Scania is starting up production of V8 engines again after a prolonged strike at a casting supplier halted progress. The engines, which will be used for truck, industrial, and marine engines, are built at the company’s facility in Södertälje, Sweden. That location is now receiving engine blocks that are still in short supply but will be used to produce the company’s V8 truck engines, which produce between 520 and 730 horsepower, and its marine engines that can produce as much as 1,150 horsepower. Alexander Vlaskamp, senior vice president and head of Scania Trucks, hopes this will start to make things right with its customers.
“This is probably the worst disruption that has hit our company in many decades when it comes to supply disturbances,” explains Vlaskamp. “I really would like to thank our customers for the great patience and understanding they have been showing during this dire situation. We at Scania are now doing everything in our power to reinstate a normal situation and deliver V8 trucks and engines worldwide as soon as possible.”
Work In Progress
Scania admits that it will take time for the company to catch up on all orders, but the company hopes to get production back to normal sooner rather than later. “We are starting now, and will increase gradually with the aim of confirming a correct delivery schedule during the next few months for existing orders,” says Vlaskamp. “We will successively open up for new orders. This whole situation came at a time when we were extremely busy producing new V8 units and I can only say how sorry we are that this had to happen to Scania’s loyal customers.”