Scania to shake up bus operations

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Scania is faced with over capacity
Scania is faced with over capacity – jobs in Sweden and Poland are being cut

SWEDEN: Over capacity causes Scania to cutback on production levels.

Scania is to launch an efficiency programme with the aim of ensuring profitability in its citybus operations, to generate annual cost savings of SEK 70m. Negotiations have been initiated with trade unions in order to reduce the workforce by 250 employees, of whom about 200 are in Poland and 50 are in Sweden.

“We possess significant overcapacity in our citybus operations. We must therefore undertake extensive restructuring measures in order to match our industrial structure with our commercial conditions. This is the only way to secure our long-term position as a supplier of complete city buses,” said Klas Dahlberg, Senior Vice President and Head of Scania Buses & Coaches.

Sales of Scania’s internally developed and manufactured fullybuilt city bus, the Scania Citywide, have declined since the record years 2010 and 2011, when more than 600 units were delivered to public transport networks in Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, among other countries.

The structural changes will involve research and development, purchasing and direct production of city buses as well as related administration.

Scania’s production unit in S?upsk, Poland, with over 500 employees, will initiate the process of adapting its organisation to current market conditions. Scania began negotiations with local trade unions in order to reduce staffing by about 200 people, affecting both blue collar and white collar employees.

Owing to several years of volatile demand for fully-built citybuses, Scania has worked with various activities, in co-operation with local trade unions, with the aim of retaining employees at the production unit in S?upsk. “Due to intensified competition and increased price pressure, we now have to adjust staffing to lower levels. This has not been an easy decision to take, but unfortunately it is necessary for our long-term survival as a bus and coach bodybuilder here in S?upsk” explained Peter Björk, Head of Scania Production S?upsk.

At the head office in Södertälje, Sweden, changes will be made in the research and development department and in the purchasing department, for the Scania Citywide. About 50 employees will be affected in Södertälje and they will all be offered continued employment at similar departments in the main Scania organisation.