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Scania Group sets up offices in Kenya

28 February 2014, 15:06

Nairobi - Scania Group, the truck manufacturing company, announced its foray into East African market with the launch of a fully-fledged office in Kenya.

Scania East Africa will begin serving customers on Saturday.

Scania’s Vice President Trucks, Christopher Podgorski, said adding Nairobi and Kenya to the company’s network of sales and service points worldwide, which currently stands at 1,600 employing 17,000, will ensure great service for all its customers.

“This is a long term commitment to Kenya and East Africa. The market provides great opportunities and challenges for the transportation industry,” said Podgorski.

Speaking at the launch, Managing Director for Scania East Africa, Per Holmstrom, said with East Africa now integrated in Scania Group’s vast global sales and service network, the company shall be in a position to get even closer to its customers and offer better services.

“We will offer various forms of service solutions that ensure Scania vehicles used by our customers are always repaired correctly and with the right parts and generate the best uptime and fuel consumption,” said Holmstrom.

Homstrom estimates Scania’s market share at 50 percent in the country a percentage which he is optimistic will grow with the launch of a Scania East Africa office in Nairobi.

The office will oversee operations in the larger East Africa Region.

Scania is launching a regional office in the country at a time when night travel has been banned for public service vehicles and bus owners are complaining of bad business. Mr. Holmstrom, who has been in the country since August last year, is hoping that the ban is a short term measure to addressing road safety.

– CAJ News

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