Scania Plans Accra Plant

Mrs. Joyce Bawa Migtari cutting the tap for the opening of the Scania West Afrrica centre in Ghana

SCANIA SWEDEN, manufacturer of heavy duty trucks and buses plans to open an automobile centre in Ghana to serve the West African sub-region.

The vehicle manufacturing company which is currently supplying the local market with coaches and buses as part of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in a bid to enhance the transport system in Ghana believes opening manufacturing plant in Ghana will help boost their productivity in Africa.

Scania is to supply Ghana with a total of 1000 buses by the year 2020 with 245 low-entry city buses which are expected to arrive next year for the BRT project.

The company is said to have already supplied government with 10 of such buses to be used for the training of drivers for the BRT system. Scania will also provide training for 600 drivers and other staff as well as the provision of infrastructure to support the BRT system.

Scania is to further supply 50 luxurious coaches to the Intercity STC Coaches Ltd for inter-city and international operations.

In addition to the above, Scania is also on the verge of establishing a Vocational Training centre in collaboration with the Ghana Technical Training Centre (GTTC), German International Development Organization and other private partners.

These were made known when Scania West Africa inaugurated it Sales and Technical Centre in Tema to provide repairs, technical support, spare parts supply and training in the West Africa Sub-Region.

Mr. Fredrik Morsing, Managing Director of Scania West Africa in his welcome address said they are ready to supply buses to organisations and institutions in the country in an effort to improve on Ghana’s rapid transportation system to enhance productivity in Ghana.

According to him, Scania will not only provide Ghana with buses for the BRT project but electronic ticketing system, tailor made service facilities, maintenance and repairs services among others.

On her part, Deputy Minister of Transport, Mrs. Joyce Bawa Mogtari who launched the sales centre assured private transport operators that it is not government’s intention to make them worse off with the introduction of the BRT project but to complement their efforts in the delivery of transport services.

From Vincent Kubi, Tema

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