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Scania to facilitate borderless trade in Southeast Asia

The transport company TNT Express has selected Scania as a supplier of long haulage trucks for its Asia Road Network (ARN) express service covering Southeast Asia. Scania’s strong presence in the region’s countries paved the way for this pioneering business.

The ARN currently links 6 countries and 127 cities across a distance of more than 7,650 kilometres.

“We are very excited to be involved in this very special project, which is seen as the first step towards realising borderless intra-ASEAN trade,” says Peter Sjöblom, Managing Director of Scania South East Asia. “The fact that TNT has decided to go with Scania in this deal reaffirms Scania’s position as the only manufacturer able to support cross-border operations in this region.”

“In selecting a suitable partner to support the equipment needs of the Asia Road Network, we took into account several critical factors including quality of the equipment, suitability to local environments, reliability, fuel efficiency and aftermarket support,” says David Stenberg, General Manager, Asia Road Network.

The trucks, all 380 hp Scania R-series, will be used to haul express parcels and freight from TNT’s main Regional Hub in Singapore through to its main hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Bangkok, Thailand. Subsequently, additional vehicles will be deployed in the Indo-China region in the next phase of the partnership between TNT and Scania.

“The Scania R380 was chosen as the vehicle that best fits our requirements. The team from Scania showed a high level of flexibility and professionalism in their approach to developing a solution for our needs. Scania took the time to understand our vision for the ARN and worked with us to develop a unique solution, which is best in class in the region,” says David Stenberg.

These new trucks represent the future of road transport in the region. TNT and Scania have collaborated closely on the design features which are unique to this region. Compared to the older trucks, these new trucks have a 20 percent greater load capacity, yet are some three tonnes lighter, which contributes to lower wear and tear. This also translates to lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Safety and comfort for drivers were also strong considerations in choosing Scania over competitors.

“Not only did we exactly match the specification of the vehicle for TNT’s requirements,” says Alfons Reitsma, Senior Technical Product Manager for Scania South East Asia, “we were also able to ensure an extremely high uptime for the vehicles through a repair and maintenance programme that covers three countries.”

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