Scania and the Swedish cross-country ski team announced the first ski-waxing truck already in 2008. It became iconic and since then, several ski nations use ski-waxing trucks. These trucks have given the waxers a healthier work environment and better conditions to prepare perfect skis for the athletes.
"The ski-waxing team has the same important role in the athletes' success as the staff at our service workshops has for our clients' profitability," Ljungberg says.
Scania's mission is to deliver customised vehicles and services that help maximise customer profitability and minimise the vehicle's environmental impact.
"In sports, profitability is measured in top rankings, so we hope that the new waxing truck will help Sweden's cross-country skiers to continue winning medals at major championships," Ljungberg says.
Improved working environment
One major reason for developing the first ski-waxing truck was to drastically improve the ski-waxers working environment. The truck is equipped with a ventilation system that replaces the air inside the truck every six minutes.
"Ski-waxers often work long shifts under stressful conditions. This is why it was very important for our waxers to switch to a working environment that did not jeopardise their health, physically or psychologically. Now we are taking another step together with Scania," says Urban Nilsson, the cross-country ski team's chief waxing technician.
The cross-country ski team's new tractor
The new truck is the very latest in the vehicle technology. It's a Scania R 500 – a model of the latest generation of Scania trucks. The truck is the result of Scania's largest ever investment in research and development. Great attention has been paid to reducing fuel consumption, contributing to improved road safety and an improved working environment for the driver. The truck is up to 5 percent more fuel efficient than the previous generation and has more powerful brakes. The all-new cab gives drivers a better and safer working environment – it is the first truck that is equipped with side curtain airbags.
"We in the national team are constantly trying to think in new ways and being innovative. The journey with Scania since the partnership began has helped us in always being able to provide the best conditions for our ski-waxing team to support the athletes to perform as good as possible in the ski tracks," says Johan Sares, head of cross-country skiing at the Swedish Ski Association.
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