Scania has restarted production of its V8 truck and marine engines, following an order stop caused by strike action at one if its suppliers.
The company says it has begun the challenging process of reducing its backlog of orders.
“This is probably the worst disruption that has hit our company in many decades when it comes to supply disturbances,” said Alexander Vlaskamp, senior vice president of Scania Trucks.
“I really would like to thank our customers for the great patience and understanding they have been showing during this dire situation. We at Scania are now doing everything in our power to reinstate a normal situation and deliver V8 trucks and engines worldwide as soon as possible,” he added.
Lengthy strikes at one of Scania’s main casting suppliers led to the production halt. It has now secured a small but steady initial supply of the engine blocks that are the foundation of the V8s.
Scania says it will take some time to deal with the backlog.
“There will still be uncertainties for some weeks before we have the whole picture and can ramp up our production,” confirms Vlaskamp. “But we are starting now, and will increase gradually with the aim of confirming a correct delivery schedule during the next few months for existing orders. We will successively open up for new orders.”
The V8 engines for Scania’s new truck generation, and for its industrial and marine applications, are produced in Södertälje, Sweden. The truck engine range consists of four different versions, with power outputs ranging from 520hp up 730hp, and to more than 1,150hp for marine engines.