Scania restarts production of its flagship V8 engines
Scania has commenced “the challenging process” of reducing its backlog of V8 engine orders after a strike ended at one of the company’s main block casting suppliers.
As reported by CM, Scania was forced to stop selling V8s after the strike began in June. The manufacturer has now secured a "small but steady" initial supply of the engine blocks that are the foundation of the V8s built in Södertälje, Sweden
Alexander Vlaskamp, senior vice president and head of Scania Trucks, said: “This is probably the worst disruption that has hit our company in many decades when it comes to supply disturbances.
“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. There will be uncertainties for some weeks before we have the whole picture and can ramp up our production.”
Scania’s first 350hp V8 engine was launched in 1969, and the engine will turn 50 years old next year. The truck engine range currently consists of four different versions, with power outputs ranging from 520hp up to 730hp.
City Access Scaffolding buys first FUSO Canter
Edinburgh-based City Access Scaffolding has bought their first FUSO Canter from Mercedes-Benz dealer Western Commercial.
Established in 2014, City Access Scaffolding covers the central belt in Scotland carrying out a range of construction works.
The company is using the Canter to transport poles, other fixtures and tools. It joins three other 3.5-tonners and two larger vehicles – 7.5 and 18 tonnes.
Jonathan Allan, who co-founded the business with Mark Skinner and Kirsty Allan, said: “The Canter looks very smart in our branding and doubles as a great mobile ad for the business.
"We’re working the truck hard but I’m confident that it will prove strong and durable enough to take the punishment, while it’s also reassuring to know that it’s backed by Mercedes-Benz.
Given the growth we’re currently experiencing, if the Canter continues to perform reliably I’m sure we’ll be considering another before too long.”