FAMCO team to represent region in Sweden for Volvo Service finals

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Published April 12th, 2011 - 09:21 GMT
FAMCO associates in action during the regional semi-finals held in Jebel Ali
FAMCO associates in action during the regional semi-finals held in Jebel Ali

Four FAMCO associates finished first ahead of teams from Algeria and Lebanon during the regional semi-final of the Volvo International Service Technical Association (VISTA) competition and will head for Gothenberg, Sweden for the finals to be held in June this year. 

The FAMCO team comprising Divakara Kuplottu, Thukaram Sapalya, Mohammad Shafi and Narayan Prabhucompeted against 12 teams from MENA in the regional semi-final and will represent the region at the VISTA finals. 

VISTA is Volvo Trucks and Buses worldwide competition and training programme for aftersales personnel. 

All teams who qualified for the semi-finals were tested on questions supplied by the VISTA development team consisting of practical exercises and theoretical questions. 

FAMCO (Al-Futtaim Auto & Machinery Company), an Al-Futtaim group company is exclusive distributor for Volvo Trucks and Buses and Volvo Construction Equipment in the UAE. 

Frank O’Connor, General Manager – Truck & Bus Division, FAMCO said: ”We are extremely proud of our team who have won the regional semi-finals. The aim of the competition is to develop and improve employees knowledge and skills and improve Volvo Trucks and Buses aftersales customer service. 

”It is estimated that every participant who has completed all three rounds of VISTA 2011 has received around 90 hours of additional training. We are confident this will make a significant contribution to our aftersales service for all Volvo customers in the UAE.”  

VISTA 2011 started in September last year with a record 13,704 participants from 75 countries. VISTA is open to all aftermarket employees within the Volvo Trucks and Buses global service network and is currently the largest competition for aftersales personnel in the world. 

Of the 3,740 teams participating in this years competition, 153 teams made it to the 16 regional semi-finals which were held in nine locations worldwide including Dubai. A total of 30 teams will participate in the VISTA World Final in Gothenberg.

Background Information

Al-Futtaim Auto and Machinery Company

Al-Futtaim Auto & Machinery Co. (FAMCO) is a market leading supplier of products & services to a diverse range of industries and commercial undertakings covering the transportation, construction, manufacturing, warehousing, oil & gas and marine sectors. FAMCO serves these industries with world-class brands like Volvo Trucks, Volvo Buses, Volvo Construction Equipment, Merlo, Ingersoll Rand, Linde, Dexion, Yanmar, Himoinsa, Stanley Proto, Fenner, Bruynzeel, Mobel Linea, Meco, Bott, Stertil, Hart & Nassau.

FAMCO has operations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Ras Al Khaimah. The company’s development and success has been based on an in-depth understanding of customer needs and the dedication of its skilled staff. FAMCO is committed to providing outstanding second-to-none service levels to customers and to maintaining quality, safety and environmental standards at the highest possible levels. FAMCO is an ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified company.

Volvo

We have created world-changing innovations since the first Volvo rolled off the production line in 1927. The modern seatbelt. The side impact protection system. The pedestrian detection system. Today, Volvo Cars is one of the most well-known and respected premium car brands, preparing for a new future that will be all-electric, autonomous and connected.

Our company is a truly global organisation: our roots are decidedly Scandinavian, but we have manufacturing, research and design operations in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

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