Scania has announced it has turned the first sod on its newest capital city,  company owned, sales and service operation, with work advancing on a new facility at Eastern Creek in Sydney’s western suburbs.

The new Scania sales and service operation will be the second facility for the company in Sydney, joining its well established operation at Prestons, with the Eastern Creek operation, situated in the quaintly named, Wonderland Drive, and is due to be completed in the third quarter this year.

“We’re adding a second company-owned sales and service location in Sydney to cope with the increasing demand for our products and services in NSW over the past five-to-eight years, and also to be able to accommodate the future growth that is pivotal to our continuing success in Australia,” said Sean Corby, Scania’s regional executive manager for New South Wales and Victoria.

“The growing appeal of our New Truck Generation, the significant expansion of our contracted repair and maintenance agreements and ever-increasing customer loyalty requires us to develop additional capacity to service a much larger number of Scania vehicles than ever before. Already at Prestons we are running an evening shift five days per week in order to deliver on our uptime promise to customers,” he said.

Scania Australia managing director, Mikael Jansson, proudly turned the first sod on the site in December last year, with the building to boast eight work-bays including three inspection pits, along with a specially designed wash-bay, and a full complement of vehicle testing equipment including shakers and rollers for assessing suspension, braking and steering components.

Scania says, as per its other workshops, trailers and trailer equipment can be serviced on site along with prime movers, vocational rigids, such as construction and jetvac trucks and fire appliances, as well as the full range of Scania buses and coaches.

“The new location is well positioned to support many of our customers in the local area who previously would ferry their vehicles to Prestons for servicing. But more importantly it will give us a base to continue to prospect for more customers in the busy surrounding suburbs from Parramatta to Penrith. Our proximity to major roads and the crossroads of the M4 and M7 motorways will also provide a further advantage for interstate customers visiting this part of Sydney,” Sean Corby added.

“While we will be transferring some experienced staff from Prestons to Eastern Creek, we will also be creating new job opportunities at all levels with the opening of the new branch, particularly within the workshop. In addition, the new location will have plenty to offer truck or bus drivers, with a comfortable lounge area and a number of resting locations ideal for drivers to catch some sleep while having their vehicle serviced,” he said.

“It is our intention to operate the workshop Monday to Friday from 07:00 to midnight and Saturday until midday,” he said.

Scania Australia presently operates eight company-owned sales and service branches, with three in Victoria, two in Queensland and one each in Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales. A network of more than 50 independent authorised service agents provide coverage along major routes across around Australia.