Swedish truck and bus manufacturer Scania’s new industrial facility for assembly of complete vehicles situated in Jafza (Jebel Ali Free Zone) will be open for business later this month. With this industrial plant, Scania will become the first automotive assembler in the UAE and will supply completed vehicles to the whole GCC.
Located in a 20,000 square metre industrial site in Jafza, the facility meets the highest environmental standards and is a Green Building, Gold LEED certified. The installation will have the capacity for customisation of about 1,400 vehicles per year. Operations will initially encompass vehicles for construction haulage, such as tipper and concrete trucks, but the facility will also be adapted for bus chassis assembly in the future.
CEO of Economic Zones World, Salma Hareb met with Scania top executives visiting the facility as part of their regional tour. The VIP delegation included Bruno Beijer, Swedish Ambassador to the UAE.
Commenting on the Scania initiative, Salma Hareb stated: “We at Jafza, are very honoured to play host to the first auto assembly unit in the country. Dubai and Jafza in particular, is well placed with the region’s largest container port offering all forms of logistical support to companies looking for easy access to Middle East, West Asia, the CIS and African markets. These facilities will fully support Scania’s growth aspirations in the region.” The Scania Assembly plant is the Swedish auto giant’s first such facility in the region. Scania has operated in the region for more than 30 years. By means of the new facility, Scania will focus on strengthening operations in vehicles in segments other than in the traditionally strong long-haul segment.
Scania is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. Scania’s network consists of more than 1000 sales outlets and almost 1500 service workshops across the globe. Scania has 35,000 employees, of which 15,000 work in the company’s sales and service companies.