Scania has announced it is investing in two new parts warehouses to meet the growing demand for its trucks and the increase in the ‘truck park’ of Scania trucks across the country.
Scania’s business is growing at record levels across all divisons, as witnessed by the latest TIC truck asales figures that saw the company record one of its best sales months ever and a year to date sales volume that would have been a respectable full year tally just a few years ago.
The company recently started construction of a new company-owned sales and service branch in an area that has become Sydney’s new ‘truck central’ at Eastern Creek and has announced it is now acquiring two new warehouses to provide what it says is a higher level of ‘first pick of spare and replacement parts’.
The company said the move is underpinning its promise of “exceptional uptime for customers”
Scania says the largest of the new investments will be located close to its head office at Campbellfield in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and will secure additional capacity for spare parts storage and dispatch at a new 9000 m2 warehouse which is set to come on stream in September this year.
The new parts warehouse is substantially larger than its existing national parts warehouse which has been in operation since 1992.
Scania say its second investment will be in a new standalone warehouse facility in Perth, which will have 2000 m2 of parts storage to support Scania’s WA operations and comes on stream this month (July 2021).
The WA facility is required to service the growing Scania on and off-road population, particularly among demanding applications such as Scania’s many mining customers for whom uptime, and therefore parts access is critical the company said.
“We have taken this decision to expand our national and regional warehousing capacity as a result of the accelerated growth of sales of trucks, buses and engines over the past decade, and therefore the expected demands for replacement and service parts for these vehicles and engines over the next decade and beyond,” said Scania After Sales Director, Patrik Tharna.
“We have doubled our truck sales and market share since 2010, and our bus market penetration remains extremely high, underscoring the need to supply many customers around the country with a reliable flow of parts, as well as the additional service capacity we are adding with our new company-owned branch at Eastern Creek.
“We live in an increasingly uncertain world and we have all seen over the past year the impact on long-distance supply chains during a pandemic. With this added capacity for parts-holdings we anticipate being able to provide more parts, more quickly to more customers from these new warehouses,” he said.
Scania said that when Covid 19 hit last year, it increased parts stocks at its National Warehouse in Victoria and at branch warehouses around the country to “build resilience in case of major supply chain disruptions”.
The company also secured the ability to deliver directly to workshops and customers from other warehouses in Europe and Asia. However, production capacity and container availability had, and still has, impacted on spare parts availability it added.
“The new National Warehouse in Melbourne will allow even more stock to be located in Australia to counter the negative effect Corona has had on global supply chains and make us more independent,” said Ben Nicholson, Scania’s national parts manager for Australia and the After Sales team member responsible for the warehouse capacity expansion project.
“With the addition of the new Regional Warehouse in Perth, we will also build some additional resilience into our supply chain within Australia,” Nicholson said.
“When the new warehouses are online, we will improve spare parts availability reducing lead times, as well as being better at pre-picking kits to provide superior support to our own and our authorised independent dealer workshop operations,” he said.
“The expansion of our warehousing infrastructure will also require us to further grow the number of Scania employees working in Australia, and we are now well over the 500 mark,” Patrik Tharna said.
“And in line with Scania’s global and local drive towards a sustainable transport solution, the new National Warehouse comes equipped with solar panels on the roof. We will take all opportunities to continue to reduce our carbon footprint,” he added.