Scania scales up New Zealand operations

Monday, August 12, 2019

Colin Bowden (network director), Rob Covich (performance director), Mattias Lundholm (managing director), and Deon Stephens (sales director). 

For more than two decades, model after model from Swedish trucking heavyweight Scania has arrived into the country then been customised, showcased and distributed by third party, CablePrice. 

But no longer – Scania New Zealand’s localised presence is here.

With an unwavering commitment to sustainability, fuel efficiency, safety and parts/repairs service – delivered across every truck model featuring all of the premium and luxury touches expected from Scania – rapid growth is expected. 

To meet this, Scania is making its largest investment ever in New Zealand, boosting an industry that sees a large proportion of freight moved by road. 

Scania’s nationwide, increasing operations also fly in the face of ANZ Truckometer’s most recent expectation that economic growth will bottom out mid-year.

Scania New Zealand’s full team photo.

Led by managing director Mattias Lundholm – who continues a 20-plus-year career with the Porsche of trucks – Scania's headquarters in Penrose and a satellite in Wellington are open for business. A satellite in Christchurch will follow. Performance teams and service divisions will be in place soon.

Arriving from a six-year stint as vice president of Connected Services & Solutions at Scania Global, Lundholm is in the midst of a recruitment blitz. 

The number of staff will soon exceed 50, ensuring industry expertise and credentials of the Kiwi team marry up with the technology, safety features and fuel efficiency which characterise Scania trucks. 

“I’ve been travelling the length of New Zealand since arriving with my family to better understand the unique requirements of fleet managers and owner/operators, both large and small, across industry,” Lundholm says.

“It’s an exciting time and I’m confident that Scania New Zealand staff will follow through on a simple proposition to current and potential customers: we’ll be quicker to complete repairs and get the parts you need, and quicker getting you back on the road.”