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Scania invests US$ 27 million and modernizes its Tucumán plant


It manufactures gears and gearboxes, which it exports in its entirety. It will also equip its concessionaires to serve the buses that run on CNG.

Scania Argentina announced a new investment of

27 million dollars

, of which US$ 18 million will be allocated to its factory in Tucumán and the other $9 million to its dealer network.

"The investment of 18 million dollars in our Tucumán plant consists of

new equipment

, with machines for the production of gears with a new carbon fiber coating," said

Oscar Jaern

, who since May of last year has been the new CEO. of the Argentine subsidiary of Scania.

The subsidiary has

1,200 employees

, of whom 600 work in the factory located in the Tucuman town of


and another 600 work in the dealer network, 28 in total, of which

half are directly owned by Scania. 

The Swedish brand is

part of the Volkswagen group and is synonymous with

large trucks

around the world


But in the case of Argentina, many years ago the Tucumán plant

stopped assembling vehicles

to concentrate its activity on the

manufacture of gears and gearboxes

, which

they export

mainly to


(95%) and



With this new investment, which its directors described as "a preparation for

the new technologies that are coming

", the expectation is to start exporting the gearboxes to new markets, within the "heavy" brands of the Traton group, where there is also

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, MAN and Navistar.

"Within this group, more and more, we are working with an integrated production system to achieve better production quality, to achieve synergies, greater efficiencies and also to be able to balance what is the production of different parts of the world, depending on the of the ups and downs that there may be," explained Jaern, a Swedish executive who lived in Buenos Aires as a teenager and is married to an Argentine.

Oscar Jaern, CEO of Scania Argentina.

In Spanish with an impeccable

Buenos Aires accent

, during a meeting with journalists, Jaern added that the expectation of this new investment, which will be carried out this year but whose new products will be on the market in 2024, "is to export not only to Brazil and Sweden, but also to to other countries and brands of the group" and detailed as possible new destinations "

Asian and North American

markets ".

The rest of the investment, for nine million dollars, will be destined to reinforce the tooling of the dealerships, in particular to serve Scania's

CNG-powered buses

, which are now also equipped with auxiliary or "backpack" tanks. to increase their autonomy.

"Nine million dollars is

not a minor

amount and we are allocating it to important concessionaires that we have in cities like Mendoza, San Juan, Tucumán and Mar del Plata, among others," said the executive.

Scania comes from exporting 37,000 differentials and 38,000 transmission cases during 2022, for a total of

185 million dollars

, while

it imported 1,400 trucks

over the past year."We anticipate that this year will be similar to last year, for us. This

It is a complex year, with elections, with the drought

, but still we understand that it will be similar to last year," added Jaern. 

-Do you have the Government's guarantee that you will be able to import the raw material necessary for the new technologies?

he asked.

-Well, the investment

is already insured

with the different mechanisms that exist.

This is a somewhat complex issue, due to the difficulties we have

, mainly regarding the use of foreign currency.

But we have a constructive dialogue with the Government to be able to carry out this investment, which has the objective of generating employment and generating exports.

So it is an issue that goes hand in hand and the objectives that the country has.

Source: clarin

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