Scania is calling its 50th anniversary in Malaysia the “First 50 Years” in celebration of its many firsts in the country and in the heavy vehicle industry. The birthday celebration will happen in Malaysia in 2021.
It all started in 1971 with the arrival of the first Scania LB110 truck at Port Klang, for delivery to Kontena Nasional. Scania had been leading in driving the shift towards a more sustainable transport system since then and has continued to support the logistics, construction and public service sectors, commuting people and goods every day throughout the country.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers of yesterday, today and the future for their continued trust in Scania. These first 50 years in Malaysia have been very inspiring for us and the next 50 and beyond will be even more exciting as we continue to drive the shift together towards a more sustainable transport system,” said Marie Sjödin Enström, Managing Director, Scania Southeast Asia.
Scania delivered its first locally assembled truck, and the first low-floor city bus in 1994. In 2006, it delivered the first PGR-series truck. Subsequently, the first B-Double arrived in 2012. At 23 meters, it was called the longest truck in Malaysia.
In 2013, Scania Credit Malaysia provided the first financial services for customers. While a year later in 2014, the 24/7 Scania Assistance and Fleet Management Systems were introduced. Scania then gained recognition for all its efforts by winning the Sustainable Urban Transport Award in 2017.
A record year of vehicle sales, signing the first Scania Ecolution customer, the first school to be spearheaded by “Master Sustainability by Scania” – all happened in the same year, 2018. It then delivered the first International Truck of the Year i.e. the New Truck Generation in 2019, while the first Scania XT truck was delivered in Sarawak in 2020.
With about 300 employees, Scania Malaysia today offers capabilities in repair and maintenance, roadside assistance, genuine parts, data-driven services like fleet management systems, driver training & coaching, and also financial services from Scania Credit. It has twelve dedicated Scania Malaysia Sales and Services Centres located all over the country to meet the country’s public and cargo transport needs.
After a five-and-a-half-year stint in Malaysia, Marie is passing her baton to the next Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia to build upon her efforts and continue the company’s drive for sustainable transport solutions.
“I have had a fulfilling 5 1⁄2 years here in Malaysia and in Southeast Asia, working with professionals who are dedicated in always putting our customers first. I am proud to have been part of Scania Malaysia’s long-term success,” said Marie.
“The next 50 years and beyond is what Scania Malaysia will set its sight on now; and look forward to many more firsts with our loyal customers. I leave assured that the organisation and customers are in capable hands. Thank you to my colleagues, staff, partners, customers, drivers, passengers and fans of Scania. I wish you many healthy and prosperous years ahead!” said Marie with a farewell smile.