Scania has announced  that 2018 was a year of continued growth and a number of records in many areas globally, while it also role  out what it describes as the biggest industrial transition in the company’s history.

In summary for January to December 2018, Scania globally posted operating profit of  $AUD 2.108 billion (SEK 13.83 billion) with net sales increasing 11 per cent to the equivalent of $AUD 20.905 billion (SEK 137.12 billion) while cash flow from truck sales and service equalled $AUD 558.77 million

The company also signalled that from  the 2018 financial year, the presentation of its income statement has been adjusted to align with its parent Volkswagen Group’s including comparative periods.

Scania’s president  and CEO,  Henrik Henriksson, who was recently in Australia made the results annoucement.

“2018 was a year of continued growth and of records in many areas, while we carried out the biggest industrial transition in the company’s history,” said Mr Henriksson.

“Deliveries of trucks, buses and coaches, as well as engines reached all-time high levels, and so did service volume while Scania’s net sales  increased 11 per cent compared to the previous year,” he added.

“Earnings rose to $AUD 2.108 billion (SEK 13.83 billion) and gave an operating margin of 10.1 per cent while higher vehicle and service volume contributed positively and so did currency effects while higher production costs for running double product ranges and disruptions in the supply chain impacted earnings negatively.”

Henrikson said that with the changeover of production in Latin America during the first quarter of 2019, the company completed the global transition to Scania’s new truck generation.

“This final stage of the changeover will lead to some limitations in the flexibility and capacity of our global production system. There is still a higher than normal cost situation in general for products and production related to the new truck generation. Measures to normalise cost levels have been introduced,” he said.

With continued high capacity utilisation of our customers’ installed truck fleets and Scania’s continually improving service offering, which is built on data from more than 360,000 connected vehicles, our service business is continuing to grow,”  he added.

“Service revenue increased by 12 per cent in 2018 to a record high $AUD 405 million (SEK 26.6 billion) and Financial Services reported operating income at the all-time high level of $AUD 219 million (SEK 1,440 million).

Henrikson’s report also served to highlight the company’s supply issues through the year  with  its order bookings for trucks falling by 12 per cent last year compared to the high level during 2017.

“Demand in Europe remains at a good level, with a high level of customer activity, while in Latin America, Brazil’s recovery is progressing”, he said.

“In Asia, order bookings fell due to falls in. the Middle East while Demand in Eurasia remains strong, even though order bookings decreased somewhat in Russia towards year-end,” he said.

Henrikson also said buses and coaches were also negatively affected by a lower order intake in the Middle East but overall order bookings were in line with last year.

“In the Engines business area, demand is strong in all segments and in 2018 order bookings were positively affected by a pre-buy effect in Europe,” the Scania boss concluded