Scania resumes supplying V8 after long drawn strike at its supplier

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 23 Aug 2018

Sweden-based Scania has announced that it will look to deliver the new V8 engines in the next few months for the existing orders. The company was facing a backlog in delivering the engine blocks due to a lengthy strike at one of Scania’s main casting suppliers.

Scania says that it will be reducing the backlog of truck and industrial and marine engine orders after what it says was the worst disruption in supply process to hit the company in many decades.  Alexander Vlaskamp, senior vice president, head of Scania Trucks said, “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. Produc­tion disturbances of this magnitude create all kinds of logistical challenges though, and it will take some time for Scania to deal with the backlog.”

Scania has now secured a small but steady initial supply of the engine blocks that are the foundation of the V8s built in Sodertalje, Sweden. Vlaskamp confirmed, “We 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 Sodertalje. The truck engine range consists of four different versions, with power outputs ranging from 520 hp up 730 hp, and to more than 1,150 hp for marine engines. Scania’s first 350 hp V8 engine was launched in 1969, and the legendary engine will turn 50 years old next year.