A global chip shortage during the past year has caused a major delay in production and is now leading to complete production stops across the automotive industry globally.
This shortage was recently exacerbated by Covid outbreaks in countries where chips are manufactured and apparently is now causing the latest stoppages.
Scania is pausing production at its truck plants in Europe for the whole week.
Meanwhile many customer trucks that have been produced are being delivered to dealers without some “non-essential” components fitted. Westward Scania are currently managing to source the parts from Scania Spare Parts Logistics Centre and retrofit the components before the truck is finally delivered, but of course this is highly dependent on parts supplies coming through on time.
For now, Scania Parts logistics is performing extremely well at keeping the existing Scania Trucks, Buses & Coaches, Marine & Industrial engines working. Westward Scania and the Irish Dealer Network introduced new logistics routines and increased their spare parts stocks in advance of Brexit and by having this additional stock “on the shelf” is helping the situation for now.
With the onset of the wet and cold weather this week and the shortening days, we’re heading back towards the Winter. So, we’re looking forward to nights in front of the fire, and spending more time with family!
Here at Westward Scania, we’ve been broadening the range of products in our webshop to give our customers more choice, and to help people get ready for the colder season ahead. With this in mind we have added some winter items to our webshop range.
These new items help keep your windscreen clear in icy and snowy conditions (and your fingers warm when clearing the windscreen) and are available to buy by clicking on the Winter Items link below:
If there are any items you would like to see us stock in our webshop, or you have any feedback or queries about any aspect of our service, please do drop us a line from our contact form here: Contact Us
It was a happy day for Nicholas O Brien as he took delivery of one of the most unique 8 X 4’s in the country. As you can see from our numerous Social media posts over the past few months we were quite excited about this truck. Not many trucks warrant a post when they are at an “Incomplete” Stage. The post of the unfinished truck reached almost 1 million views!
The truck itself is a Scania 650S 8X4*4, which means the first and last axle steer, while the third and fourth axle are driven. The body system on the truck has the ability to change from a tipper to a flatbed body which Nicholas uses the majority of the time for transporting concrete blocks from his base in Roadstone County Galway. The truck has this swap functionality due to the quality work carried out by Thomas Small and Sons bodybuilders in Claregalway, County Galway. Nicholas explained to us how easy it is to perform a change of truck bodies and that he can complete the whole task in under eight minutes.
Same but Different:
Nicholas explained to us about his business and operation and where the love for Scania began.
I started off driving for my father over 20 years ago, driving Hino’s and after a few years of that, I branched off and went out working for myself. I’m with Roadstone now over 22 years. I got the first Scania in 2000 and haven’t looked back since
Nicholas explained to me the differences between his older model 580 and his new 650.
A lad I know who had an R series tractor unit and he changed it for a NTG S cab, said there was no comparison between the old PGR model and current NTG. I didn’t believe there could be such a difference. But the way the new model truck handles the road, the quietness when you’re inside the cab and every other little detail is what really sets the newer model apart
When asked what was his favourite aspect of the NTG compared to the PGR series, Nicolas said:
“If I had to pick one difference I like the most it would have to be the improved steering lock. The lock on the 580 was great, I couldn’t fault it. But the lock on this truck is even better and I didn’t think that was possible. But all in all it’s a combination of every little detail, the truck is the same in terms of wheelbases and configuration but there is no comparison between the two trucks”
The new truck is certainly an eye-catcher
Nicholas explained to me how he is blown away by the reaction he has received on his new 650S.
My previous truck was a 580 hp Scania of the same 8 x 4 configuration, and I didn’t feel it got the attention it deserved but this new 650 I have now has blown me away with the amount of attention it has received. Between all the text messages, WhatsApp, and Facebook messages I am genuinely delighted.
Eric and everyone at Westward Scania wish Nicholas all the best with his new Scania and we look forward to seeing pictures of this truck hard at work. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more up to date posts. Why not build your own version of this truck like Nicholas did on the Scaniaconfigurator
Scania New V8 engines offer record level power and vastly improved fuel efficiency. The new V8 engines can reduce fuel consumption by up to 3%. There are also potential fuel savings with the new G33 gearbox range in combination with new rear axle ratios. This provides real savings for the haulier and the environment.
Four new V8 engines with fuel savings of up to 3%
530, 590, 660 and 770 are industry leading V8 engines (2800 – 3700Nm Torque)
New faster rear axle ratios make these engines the most energy efficient ever by Scania
Low internal friction, updated Turbocharger and smart auxiliaries
Updated after treatment system
Alternative fuels; HVO possible on all new V8’s, Biodiesel available on the 590HP.
Driveline weight savings
“While shifting to fossil-free transports, we all must do everything to improve our current solutions,” says Alexander Vlaskamp, Executive Vice President, Head of Sales and Marketing at Scania.
The fuel savings are the result of extensive fine-tuning and development by Scania engineers. The 70 new engine parts help reduce internal friction, increase compression ratios and improve the after treatment system. These new engines are complimented by a new and powerful engine management system.
For more information on the new V8 range available from Westward Scania, contact:
Reeling in the Years back to 1979 from the RTÉ archives, featuring the classic Scania 141 and a young 12 year old Gerard Keogh making his ‘dream come true’ by getting a chance to travel around Dublin in the mighty Scania 141. The classic look of the Scania Truck may have changed a bit over the years but the legendary reliability of the Scania has not.
This segment of ‘Youngline’ offered viewers the chance to write in and request for their dream to come true. Youngline was a once weekly, half-hour magazine show for younger viewers. This was Gerard’s week.
RTÉ’s Conor McAnally reports for ‘Youngline’ on 15 November, 1979. Check out this classic clip by clicking on the picture below.
Yesterday, our Managing Director Joe Crann spoke to RTE’s Fiona Alston as part of their Boost My Business initiative. Here is a copy of the interview:
Strokestown, Co. Roscommon is home to Westward Scania – importers, distributors and dealers of Scania trucks and coaches since 1976.
“We are one of the largest private importers of Scania products in Europe,” says Joe Crann. “They mostly own their own network throughout Europe, but we’ve remained as a private company.”
The company, which was founded in 1959, has seen more than its fair share of global economic issues so when the country shut down in March this year it was just another bump in the road.
Fortunately, business did not grind to a complete halt for Crann. The workshop and parts sales were deemed an essential business to transportation to keep trucks on the road.
“I worked from home and a lot of the staff working in sales were working from home – probably not having a lot to do most of the time,” he continues, “but the guys in the workshop were busy because trucks kept running – we could see that about 60% of hauliers were still running and were doing about 60- 70% of their normal mileage.”
With around 30% of the heavy truck market in Ireland, they did feel the pinch at the construction sites. “Trucks are very different to cars – the volumes sold are a lot smaller, but then naturally, they’re a lot more expensive to buy – it’s a much smaller market,” he explains.
One industry that has been greatly impacted by Covid is the coach industry. “The tour coach industry is absolutely on it’s knees. There are customers with maybe sixty or more coaches parked up,” says Crann.
“The only coaches really running on the roads today are Bus Éireann, they are probably our single biggest customer. They’re still running as a public service, but the private guys are absolutely in a terrible state,” he adds.
Sales had pretty much ground to a halt but slowly things are starting to pick up for that arm of Westward Scania. “We’re getting reasonable inquiries for the new year and we have ordered stock in from Sweden,” says Crann. “Look, we’re hopeful – I mean, we’re hopeful that we don’t go backwards.”
While many companies in the Connacht area are still awaiting decent broadband infrastructure, Crann had found himself very grateful of his ability to avail of a good connection in their rural location in the small town of Strokestown.
“All our staff have remained working. We still have some staff that we’re allowing to do some work at home,” says Crann.
With poor broadband in the area they had invested heavily in their IT and broadband. “If we hadn’t done that, we would have really struggled and I suppose we were fortunate that we’re big enough we could afford to do that. It is definitely an issue for a lot of small businesses. It’s something that really does need to be focused on by the Government. They need to make sure that the broadband rollout is carried through now more than ever,” he adds.
Earlier this year, Emer Conlon released the sixth book in her children’s Vroom-Town series. Titled ‘The Adventures of Vabis the Scania Truck and the Sleeping Volcano’, this book is a Scania Official Licensed Product and introduces a new Scania truck to the already endearing cast of characters.
When thinking of a name for the new truck, Emer thought that Vabis would be a nice ‘nod’ to the history of Scania. Vroom-Town is a wonderful place where all types of trucks live, work, play and have exciting adventures!
“I came up with the concept for the series even before Disney made movies about cars and planes,” says Emer Conlon. “The initial idea for the Vroom-Town books came from my day job as Marketing Manager of a Scania dealership in Ireland. I would see little boys and girls coming in to the forecourt with their fathers to collect their brand new Scania trucks. The children looked in awe at them and I thought I am going to write books about trucks!” Emer Conlon continues.
The books are written for children 2–7 years. The 2-year olds love the pictures and as they progress through the ages, and the older children, read the books by themselves. But, above all, Conlon loves doing storytimes in schools, libraries and corporate events – she has read to thousands of children in Ireland, the UK, Spain and the USA.
As with the other five books in the Vroom-Town series, the new book deals with social issues such as bullying and the importance of friendship and kindness, as well as taking the children on a terrific adventure. Kind and brave Vabis encounters new less benevolent adversaries during his adventures, but will he be able to save his friends?
“I get a lot of good feedback from parents and children – the excitement and engagement on their faces as I read the story makes all of the hard work worth it. That’s humbling. Hopefully, my books will contribute to attracting future drivers and dealers to the profession and indeed bring a ‘softer’ and positive side to the industry.”
This book is available from our webshop, click on the link below to find out more.
Maximum safety for the driver and their passengers.
At Westward, we have worked closely with Irizar to develop a solution to minimise the risk of Covid – 19 infection.
The solution is a driver’s compartment partition panel and specific passenger seat protection panels for the Irizar i6S, Irizar i6, Irizar i4 and Irizar i3 low entry coach models.
These solutions are developed and manufactured with
materials that comply with the regulations of the current
legislation regarding safety and driver’s vision.
We will continue to innovate and provide our customers with new resources and solutions with the aim of protecting the driver and passengers and to encourage the use of public transport in this new scenario. Available for Irizar i6S, Irizar i6, Irizar i4 and Irizar i3le.
Complies with EU regulations:
Regulation 107 Regarding interior fitting
Regulation 118 The behaviour of materials in fire
Regulation 46 Indirect vision systems
Regulation 80 Energy absorption
For more information on cost and availability, contact Patrick Carton:
Some good news! We are delighted to announce is that our Strokestown CVRT Test centre is returning to full operating capacity as of Monday the 15th. June, 2020. We will be commencing all CVRT Testing, ADR testing and Type approval testing from Monday. We have taken a number of provisions to ensure the safety of our staff and customers, so if you are on-site please adhere to protocols we have in place. As you can appreciate there will be a backlog of vehicles to be tested. Please call Jane or Cathal on 07196-34542 (with your Reg Number) and we can decide on a date to get your vehicle tested.
About our Facility:
We have a purpose-built CVRT Testing Centre on our premises in Strokestown operated by fully qualified CVRT testers. The state of the art testing facility has two light vehicle testing bays and one heavy good vehicles (HGV) bay. All of the testing bays are fitted with the very latest in computerized testing equipment, which complies with the latest EU regulations. We are also approved for Whole Vehicle Type Approval and ADR testing.