Scania to use rail transport to ship cabs from Oskarshamn

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Scania’s cab factory in Oskarshamn has signed a letter of intent with its host municipality to increasingly utilise rail transport. The cabs produced there are shipped to Scania’s chassis assembly centres in Angers, France, Södertälje, Sweden, and Zwolle in the Netherlands.

Scania in 2016 inaugurated its state-of-the-art new cab production facilities in Oskarshamn, fully equipped with nearly 300 industrial robots for manufacturing cabs for the new generation Scania trucks that have been introduced in 2016–2017.

With 2016 as base year, Scania’s target is to halve its carbon emissions by 2025. Scania wishes the be perceived as the benchmark in sustainable transport and therefore cannot solely rely on road transport and is examining multimodal approaches. “To reach the target, Scania regards rail transport as the basis for establishing a world-class intermodal system making use of several means of transport,” according to the agreement signed with Oskarshamn Municipality.

Johan Uhlin, Head of Cab Assembly and Logistics, Oskarshamn. Photo: Gustav Lindh 2016

Although Scania is not directly involved in establishing the local rail combi terminal, it supports the idea as the basis for enabling a great share of transport on tracks. “Our intention is to utilise capacity at the planned rail combi terminal for receiving material from suppliers as well as shipping produced cabs to assembly plants in Europe.”

In parallel, Scania has underlined the importance of upgrading the road infrastructure to and from the cab factory and logistics centre. “The infrastructure as a whole is inadequate for our production volume and especially as we foresee increasing production,” says Johan Uhlin, Head of Cab Assembly and Logistics, Oskarshamn.

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