Developing markets

Scania starts operations in East Africa


Scania has now started operations in East Africa with a centre in Nairobi, Kenya. In Kenya, an independent distributor has previously represented Scania.

“This is a long term commitment to Kenya and East Africa. The market provides great opportunities and challenges for the transportation industry,” says Managing Director Per Holmström, Scania East Africa.

The East African transport sector is expected to grow by 10–15 percent annually, driven by strong economic growth. “This economic growth will generate a greater transport flow of goods from the port of Mombasa into eastern Africa.”

Eastern Africa will now be integrated in Scania’s vast global sales and service network, and offer its customers even better support. In Kenya, Scania has dealers in Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru. Scania presently has a limited share of the heavy truck market but a significant share of the bus market. With its strengthened commitment, Scania has set ambitious targets for substantial growth.

Scania seeks to be an active part of Kenya’s transport sector development by, for example, contributing to a safer and more sustainable traffic environment.

Training and development of drivers form an essential part of Scania’s customer offer. Developing the skills of professional drivers generate better uptime, lower fuel consumption and safer transport. “Professional driver training is one of the best ways to improve road safety,” Per Holmström said.

Opening ceremony at ScaniaEast Africa
From left Niaz Nathoo, Chairman and Managing Director for Kenya Grange, the former Scania distributor in Kenya, Per Holmström, Managing Director Scania East Africa and Christopher Podgorski, Senior Vice President Trucks Scania.


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