Brunch with Scania president & CEO
Bukit Jelutong, 12 March 2018 – A small group of the usual faces were invited for a meeting with the Scania group president and CEO, Henrik Henriksson, Christian Levin, executive vice-president, Scania CV AB and Marie Sjödin Enström, managing director, Scania Southeast Asia.
“Sustainable transport is all about moving people and goods while contributing to economic and social development without jeopardising human health and safety or endangering the environment. For Scania it is evident that sustainability and profitability go together, here and now and increasingly so in the future,” said Henrik Henriksson.
“I think businesses that are not part of developing solutions to the sustainability challenges of our time will struggle to survive. For us the question is not whether a future of sustainable transport will come, but when. It is towards this future that we are working in close cooperation with our customers and customers’ customers,” he added.
“Driving customer profitability through sustainable transport solutions and pursuing responsible business, are complementary, long-term perspectives to continuing to be a profitable company, he stressed.
“Sustainability in Malaysia and Singapore is about reducing CO2 emission and fuel consumption,” he noted.
“We are part of the Volkswagen group which owns many brands that may seem to be conflicting but each one operates with a different strategy and in our case it is the way handle the retail aspect of the business,” he replied fielding a question.
“The oil & gas sector is improving and this has resulted in a number of contract renewals,” said Marie.
The way forward for us here seems to be exploring the two non-fossil fuel options especially bio-mass/diesel and bio-gas locally. On the other hand, are there policies, regulations and the will to exploit this huge alternative fuel potential? For beginners, do we have a fuel policy or roadmap?
“The price of our vehicles powered by bio-mass/diesel is not much different from the conventional diesel powered vehicles but a bio-gas or LPG vehicle is different,” said Henrik, in reply to our question.
Scania has produced more than 100,000 vehicles last year including buses and trucks using alternative fuel options.