Scania tractors feature unique
cab and fully automatic 3000 Series™ transmissions
Sweden – IKEA recently introduced a new specially-designed
Scania tractor at each of its distribution centers in Sweden. For efficiency
and comfort, they are equipped with fully automatic Allison 3000 Series™
"Over the next few years, we are updating our truck
fleet and replacing the existing warehouse tractors with considerably more
effective and comfortable road tractors and flexi-trucks equipped with Allison
transmissions," said Heléna Persson, an internal hauler team leader at the
IKEA distribution center in Älmhult.
Globally, IKEA’s logistics operation is handled by its
33 distribution centers. The two facilities in Sweden deliver products to 37
stores in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.
The oldest distribution center, in Älmhult, consists
of two warehouses a few hundred meters apart. Between them, goods are
transported by five vehicles in two shifts between 6 and 23 o'clock every day.
Every vehicle makes about 50 transports per shift, which means about 500
transports every day.
"We have been very satisfied with fully
automatic transmission-equipped vehicles throughout the years. The oldest Euro
3 truck has been in service in our fleet for 14 years,” said Persson. "With
that one, and all other Allison-fitted vehicles, we never experience
transmission-related failures. Other than regular oil and filter changes, there
is nothing else they require. Fully automatic transmissions are a perfect
solution for our kind of transports.”
The truck fleet in Älmhult consists of one road
tractor, two flexi-trucks and two vehicles operating in warehouse area. The
road tractor and the flexi-trucks are produced by Scania and equipped with
fully automatic Allison 3000 Series™ transmissions. The new special
trucks feature a moved forward, low-entry cab. The difference between road
tractors and flexi-trucks is that the latter can also carry swap bodies.
Andreas Gustavsson, a driver and fork truck
operator, says the increased comfort with road trucks and flexi-trucks comes
from softer and more efficient acceleration thanks to the transmission and more
comfortable compartments. With low turnover at the facility, the crew of 19
drivers appear to agree.
IKEA was founded in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad in the
Swedish town Älmhult. Today, the company is headquartered in Leiden, the
Netherlands and still operated by the Kamprad family. The IKEA brand can be
found in the top 100 list of world's most valuable brands.
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SOURCE Allison Transmission Holdings Inc.