Scania supported by new spares outlet in Ondangwa
Looking at the company’s branch list, it is easy to see why Ondangwa has become the next natural point to establish a trading presence. Ondangwa serves as a traffic hub for all four Northern Regions, and it is the major crossing point for all heavy duty cargo en-route to Oshikango, the main border crossing with Angola. Similarly, the company’s established branches in Tsumeb serves the link to the Kavango, Caprivi, and from there to Zambia and Zimbabwe while the presence in the harbour town is almost self-evident. It is the single most important point in the entire country, where all inbound maritime cargo has to pass through, and there are several serious transport operators.
Scania Truck Namibia’s Parts Manager based in Windhoek, Ilse Husselmann told the Economist earlier this week it is the philosophy of the Scania truckmaker in Sweden that the right part must be in the right place at the right time, wherever that truck is operated in the world. As a major supplier to the heavy transport industry, Scania knows that downtime creates losses for hauliers, and this must be avoided at all costs. With the impressive number of Scania trucks that move between Namibia and Angola on a daily basis, a spare parts back-up in Ondangwa has become a priority.
Husselmann said Scania’s vision is to be the leading company in its industry by creating lasting value for its customers, employees, shareholders and other stakeholders. Scania is an international company with a global footprint that covers more than 100 countries. It is best known for its impressive range of heavy trucks, and recently, stole the spotlight again with the launch of its R- V8 models providing the ultimate in driver security and comfort, and pushing 730 kW to move just about any load. Scania is also a recognised manufacturer of marine diesel engines.
Describing the typical work of a Scania as “rough, tough and demanding”,. Husselmann said the life of an industrial engine is no picnic. “Scania engines are the solution for really severe conditions.”
Parts Controller at the new Ondangwa branch is Lance Meintjies, assisted by Parts Sales Consultants, Danie Mouton and Jose Gawanab. The Picker Packer is Manfred Awaseb and the Parts Runner is Henzel Brand.
Scania also offers an extensive used-parts service where factory remanufactured spares are offered at cost-saving prices. Co-ordinating this function is Nathanael Rondia.
Scania Truck Namibia’s Ondangwa spares centre helps to ensure every Scania truck keeps rolling.