Scania Sydney location close to completion


Eastern Creek sales and service centre to open in the coming months after NSW Covid lockdown delays

Scania Sydney location close to completion
An artist's impression of how the centre will look

 

Scania's new company-owned sales and service outlet at Eastern Creek in Sydney’s west is taking shape rapidly as the business prepares for the start of operations early in the new year.

While the shell of the building has been completed, much of the fixtures and fittings that could not have been installed due to the lockdown of the construction industry has been prefabricated off site and is awaiting delivery in the immediate future.

The Eastern Creek branch will open with a team of Scania experts at the helm, many of whom are currently working at Scania Prestons and have several decades of experience under their belts.

Eastern Creek will be Scania’s ninth company-owned capital city location, and has been established to cope with the growth in demand for new vehicle sales and service. Over the past decade, Scania says it has doubled its footprint in Australia, requiring additional capacity to supply service and parts to its heavy-duty truck, bus and industrial and marine engine customers.

"It’s full speed ahead at Eastern Creek now that lockdown has lifted," Scania state manager for NSW and the ACT Lionel Saunders said.


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The workshops will be open 7am to midnight Monday to Friday and on Saturday until midday and, as with all Scania workshops, trailers and trailer equipment can be serviced on site along with prime movers, vocational rigids (such as construction and jetvac trucks and fire appliances). 

"We have wanted for some time to open a second company-owned location in western Sydney," Scania NSW and Victoria regional executive manager Sean Corby said.

"We see Eastern Creek as being part of a growth corridor and close to many existing customers and conveniently located to the intersection of the M4 and M7 freeways, so we can service interstate customers as well."

The new premises will feature seven work bays including two B-double length inspection/service pits, a wash-bay and a separate rebuild area.

There will be a host of state-of-the-art equipment including a load-simulation brake tester, well ahead of the NHVR mandate for such technology, due to come into force in 2023.

Scania has also constructed a standalone environmental station, a waste management unit that will secure scrap metal and other waste, to avoid run-off into the storm water system. Scania says this is part of company’s global move to contain waste and ensure  environmental damage is avoided as far as possible.

Scania parts supervisor Laney Anderson

"We will be teaming new technology with some wise and experienced Scania heads," Saunders said.

"Our Eastern Creek branch manager will be Chris Nobbs who has had a lot of experience with Scania and has been a crucial part of our two victorious top team global skills competition winning teams. He’ll be joined by several other staffers who have similar levels of expertise with Scania systems, as well as strong links with our customers.

"A newcomer to the team will be Laney Anderson, who joins us as a parts supervisor.

"Laney has already started work at Prestons to familiarise herself with our systems and processes, and we are excited to have her on the team. While we have most of the positions filled, we’re still looking for a few critical members to join us.

Anderson said she is delighted to start working for Scania, which noted that she grew up in a trucking family spending her school holidays in her father’s truck travelling the country, and has almost a decade’s experience in automotive and heavy transport parts.

For a previous heavy transport employer, Anderson devised and successfully implemented an efficient parts handling and picking process.

"I am extremely excited to be a part of the start of a brand-new Scania dealership in Eastern Creek and am invested in helping to get it up and running," Anderson said.

 

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