Exol has announced that one of its lubricants has recently received formal acknowledgement from Scania. Exol Taurus Euro FE Plus in SAE 5W-30 complies with Scania specification LDF-4, and forms part of its lubricants range, covering heavy duty vehicle applications.
Bruce’s Coaches operates some of National Express’s longest routes between Scotland and the south of England, with 14 Scania Caetano Levante coaches, which cover more than 5.6 million kilometres each year. The company recently moved this fleet to Michelin tyres and has reported some startling statistics; it says the brand’s drive axle tyres last up to 130,000km further compared to the previously fitted competitor brand.
Workshop equipment distributor Pro-Align’s support for the Skills Show has stretched to half a decade, including the last five years in succession. Trainee vehicle technicians competing in this year’s show were able to gain valuable hands-on experience using some of the most advanced wheel alignment and diagnostic wheel balance systems currently on the market, thanks to this ongoing support. Held over three days at the NEC, Birmingham, competitors took part in a diverse range of practical skills and knowledge tests such as beauty therapy, bricklaying, landscaping, and games design.
The European Commission (EC) has fined Scania more than €880 million (£770m) for its participation in a truck cartel. Scania was the sixth and final manufacturer implicated in the price-fixing scandal, but decided against settling with the EC last year. The five other truck manufacturers – MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler (Mercedes-Benz), Iveco and DAF – were collectively fined €2.93bn (£2.57bn) after admitting wrongdoing.
In addition to unveiling several new products, Hankook Tire’s big news from the IAA Commercial Vehicles show is its approval by Scania as an original equipment tyre supplier. As of November, Hankook Tire will supply 18 tyre dimensions to all Scania truck and bus models produced in Europe. According to Stefan Brückner, Hankook OE account manager Europe, 11 of these 22.5 inch dimensions will be for the important long haul segment, and the other seven for regional haul applications.
Exol Lubricants has received the highly-sought Scania Low Ash approval on its Taurus Euro FE 5W-30 engine oil product. Exol says this recent endorsement highlights the company’s commitment to providing its customers with the most reliable, advanced and approved products, as well as offering exceptional service.
MAN and Scania will be cooperating on vehicle gearboxes in the future. As part of this collaboration, from 2016 Scania’s gearbox hardware will be gradually implemented in TGS and TGX series MAN vehicles. MAN will develop the gearbox software for the optimal gear changing strategy. Testing of the first prototype vehicles has already begun. The aim is also to develop the subsequent generation of the current Scania gearbox portfolio together. The details of the cooperation are currently being drawn up.
The German automotive group Volkswagen looks set to acquire the entire stake in Swedish commercial vehicle maker Scania for €6.7bn (£5.59bn). The company currently holds a total of 89.2 per cent of the voting rights and 62.6 per cent of the capital of Scania.
Speedline Truck has launched a new ET 135, 22.5×11.75” light alloy wheel with 5,000kg payload for use with DAF, IVECO and SCANIA vehicles. The SLT 3063 wheel further bolsters Speedline Truck’s programme of 5,000kg load bearing wheels. The wheel spans the 26 and 32mm bolt hole bore. The wheel is being presented at the IAA for utility vehicles in Hannover.
Avonmouth-based haulier Wrings Transport has fitted Continental tyres to its latest fleet additions three years after choosing the tyre manufacturer as it's supplier of choice. The operator recently introduced three new Scania trucks and a further seven tractor units are already on order; all 10 of the new trucks have been specified with Continental HSR2 steers, as well as ContiRe tyres on the drive axles.
Alcoa Dura-Flange wheels are available as option choice for Scania Trucks from May. According to the company, they will be offered in sizes 22.5 x 8.25, 22.5 x 9.00 and 22.5 x 11.75 (135 mm offset). Dura-Flange wheels have a patented treatment that provides a protective shield to prevent rim wear. Alcoa Dura-Flange wheels, says the manufacturer are the only wheels on the market that are protected from this type of wear, giving them at least double the life time of other aluminium wheels and four times the life time of steel wheels under the same conditions. Dura-Flange wheels are said to be most suitable for Scania trucks in applications such as liquid food transport, local fuel distribution, heavy hauling such as logging and operations under extreme conditions like mining where shifting loads cause the tyre to rub against the wheel.
Porsche has increased its stake in Volkswagen ordinary shares to 50.8 per cent. Analysts Morgan Stanley say that, while the timing of such a move was impossible to predict, this is absolutely in line with Porsche’s stated strategy of ultimately moving to 75 per cent of Volkswagen and seeking a domination agreement.
With this move, Porsche also acquires indirect control over Scania through VW’s 68.6 per cent voting stake in the Swedish truck maker. Porsche has made it clear that is has no strategic interest whatsoever in Scania or any interest in buying Scania shares. However, Swedish law requires Porsche to make a mandatory bid for Scania.
NENAB pit jacks, from Beissbarth, have been a worldwide name in the car and commercial pit jack market for many years. Known for reliability they are approved by the best of worldwide commercial vehicle manufacturers Scania and Volvo.
NENAB pit jacks give a long term service solution for raising vehicles in the most hostile environments in commercial workshops.
Johnson Controls has revised its range of Varta-branded CV replacement batteries to replicate all OE applications. Johnson Controls is the largest European supplier of OE batteries to the truck and bus industries. The range of Varta PROmotive CV batteries now provides virtually total coverage of the UK commercial vehicle parc, with capacities ranging from 140 – 225 Ah.
Heavy Duty batteries are rated 140 and 170 Ah, while Super Heavy Duty are offered with 180 or 225 Ah capacities. All four products use calcium-silver technology to provide reserves of power for high loads at high temperatures and longer service life than conventional lead acid battery technology.