<link>http://www.3o1z.net/en.html</link> <description>Homepage of TRATON SE - Information, key figures, reports, media database</description> <image> <meta charset="utf-8"> <title>RSS Feed TRATON SE http://www.3o1z.net/dam/jcr:ff7015f9-fc3c-4fb8-86c4-ddd2ce7f3a85/TRATON_preview-image-link.png http://www.3o1z.net/en.html TRATON Webcast http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/stories/video-webcast-traton-online.html Sofia Vahlne talks about Pluralism & Inclusion in times of flexible working. <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/03_Newsroom/01_News/webcast/Webcast_Thumbnail-Sofia-Vahlne.jpg/jcr:content/Webcast_Thumbnail-Sofia-Vahlne.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >TRATON Webcast TRATON Webcast Sofia Vahlne talks about Pluralism & Inclusion in times of flexible working. All webcasts]]> press releases Thu, 28 May 2020 22:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/stories/video-webcast-traton-online.html 2020-05-28T22:00:00Z Social business as a win-win situation http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/stories/benefits-corporate-social-responsibility.html Mentoring program MAN Impact Accelerator visits Brazil for the first time <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/03_Newsroom/01_News/social-business-as-a-win-win-situation/the-MAN-Impact-Accelerator-in-Brazil.jpg/jcr:content/the-MAN-Impact-Accelerator-in-Brazil.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >Social business as a win-win situation As part of its MAN Impact Accelerator, MAN works with young companies from across the globe. These social business startups specialize in the fields of mobility, transport, and logistic?receive targeted support from mentors in developing a sustainable business model. To help them along the way, MAN has joined forces with Yunus Social Business – an initiative founded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus. The mentoring program is currently already being run for the third time. This batch features startups from Europe, Africa, and South America. More than 300 candidates applied to be among the final startup cohort of Batch #3 of the Accelerator, with seven startups chosen as finalists. They are now taking part in an eight-month mentoring program, during which they are supported by more than 100 experts, both from MAN and from other companies. As part of this, each startup is guided by a lead mentor who works closely with one of the entrepreneurs throughout the entire program. This means the candidates are reaping the benefits of their mentors’ knowledge and experiences, a wide network of experts, and access to different innovation ecosystems. In return, however, the mentors get to know new business models and develop the required skills and the right mindset for customer-centric innovation by working closely together with the founders – all thanks to the program. Not least because the future challenges within our society call for new solutions. This creates a clear win-win situation for both sides: the startups and MAN. At the beginning of this year, the MAN Impact Accelerator visited Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus in S?o Paulo (Brazil) for the first time as part of a program week. Here, the startups had the opportunity to work on specific challenges in the fields of customer development and impact together with their mentors. In the video, Antonio Roberto Cortes, member of the TRATON SE Executive Board and CEO of Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus, explains why he fully supports this program and why it is so important for an innovative company to also pay attention to social business startups. Antonio Roberto Cortes, member of the TRATON SE Executive Board and CEO of Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus: “We at Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus are fully supporting the MAN Impact Accelerator because we believe that companies must have a firm commitment to the society in which they are present.” The third round of the MAN Impact Accelerator is scheduled to finish in summer 2020 with the official closing ceremony of Batch #3. Information about the mentoring program is available at http://impact.man.eu/ and on the program’s LinkedIn page https://www.linkedin.com/company/18207899/. ? *Photos and videos taken in early 2020]]> press releases Mon, 25 May 2020 22:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/stories/benefits-corporate-social-responsibility.html 2020-05-25T22:00:00Z TRATON prepares for the re-opening of the economy http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_04052020.html The TRATON GROUP prepares for the re-opening of the economy in a very challenging environment. <![CDATA[The TRATON GROUP prepares for the re-opening of the economy in a very challenging environment Total unit sales down 20% to 46,000 vehicles in the first three months of 2020 Incoming orders down 16% to 54,200 vehicles Securing liquidity has top priority; substantial decline in sales revenue and operating profit expected for Q2?2020 Brand production operations gradually being restarted CEO of TRATON Andreas Renschler: “The effects of the corona pandemic are hitting the economy as a whole hard, and that goes for the TRATON?GROUP as well. What Europe needs right now are investment incentives for the environmentally friendly modernization of truck fleets as a means to overcome the crisis in this system-critical sector.” Munich, May?4, 2020 – In anticipation of a downturn in the market in Europe and due to the initial effects of the global corona pandemic, the TRATON?GROUP recorded falls in unit sales, sales revenue, and operating profit in the first three months of 2020 and is now making preparations for the re-opening of the economy in a very challenging environment. Unit sales of the three brands MAN, Scania, and Volkswagen?Caminh?es?e??nibus contracted by 20% to 46,000 (prior-year level: 57,200) vehicles in the first three months of the year. With unit sales down 21% to 42,000 (53,000) vehicles, the decline in truck sales was more marked than in buses, where a drop of 4% to around 4,000 (4,200) vehicles was recorded. “The effects of the corona pandemic are hitting the economy as a whole hard, and that goes for the TRATON?GROUP as well. What Europe needs right now are investment incentives for the environmentally friendly modernization of truck fleets as a means to overcome the crisis in this system-critical sector,” said Andreas Renschler, CEO of TRATON and member of the Board of Management at Volkswagen?AG. Between January and March, the TRATON?GROUP generated sales revenue of €5.7?billion (€6.4?billion), a year-on-year contraction of 11%. At €161?million (€490?million), the operating profit fell by two thirds. The operating return on sales fell to 2.8% after a figure of 7.6% for the first three months of the previous year. Incoming orders fell by 16% to 54,200?units. The book-to-bill ratio (unit sales divided by incoming orders) was 1.18 compared with 1.13 as recorded for the first three months of 2019. The drop in unit sales of the three brands Scania, MAN and Volkswagen?Caminh?es?e??nibus was most marked in Europe (EU27+3 region) with a 30% decline, while South America succeeded in posting a 4% increase in unit sales on the back of a positive showing from Brazil. The increasing spread of the coronavirus in the first three months of the year was an additional burden on unit sales, resulting in closures in our global network of production plants as of mid-March. Since the end of April, the brands of the TRATON?GROUP have gradually been restarting production operations.??? The TRATON?GROUP has responded to the corona crisis with a raft of measures. These include securing the liquidity of the company, as well as setting up emergency plans and introducing temporary production stops. “The effects of the corona pandemic have forced us to reconsider our investment priorities and research and development projects. There is a clear focus on safeguarding liquidity here. And we are bracing ourselves for a substantial decline in both sales revenue and operating profit in the second quarter. All the key figures will be negatively impacted,” said Christian Schulz, CFO of the TRATON?GROUP. ? The TRATON?GROUP at a glance In the Industrial Business segment, sales revenue fell by 12% to €5.6?billion (€6.3?billion), primarily as a result of the decline in New Vehicles business after the collapse of the market. Operating profit stood at €135?million (€457?million). Measures taken to address the corona pandemic – notably the closure of production sites around the globe as of the second half of March – had a negative impact on operating profit in the period under review. The decrease was also a result of lower volumes, higher depreciation and amortization charges, and additional expenses in connection with the introduction of the new generation of trucks at MAN?Truck?&?Bus. The Financial Services segment generated sales revenue of €216?million (€203?million) and an operating profit of €26?million (€33?million). While portfolio growth had a positive effect on earnings, the latter was offset by lower margins and increased operating costs, mainly expenses for bad debt provisions. ? Operating units at a glance Scania?Vehicles?&?Services posted a 23% fall in unit sales to 18,200 (23,600) vehicles. Sales revenue fell by 11% to €3?billion (€3.4?billion). Operating profit stood at €256?million (€370?million). The operating return on sales reached 8.6% (11%). MAN?Truck?&?Bus recorded unit sales of 18,200 (25,000) vehicles, a decrease of 27%. Sales revenue fell by 13% to €2.3?billion (€2.6?billion). Operating profit stood at €–78?million (€122?million). This corresponds to an operating return on sales of –3.4% (4.7%). Volkswagen?Caminh?es?e??nibus succeeded in maintaining unit sales at a constant level of 9,900 (9,800) vehicles. Sales revenue fell by 8% to €383?million (€416?million) due to foreign exchange effects. Operating profit stood at €12?million (€8?million). The operating return on sales rose to 3.1% (2.0%). ? Future business performance It is currently impossible to predict when a new forecast for the current fiscal year will be possible with certainty. The effect of the corona pandemic on customer demand, supply chains, and production cannot be assessed reliably at this point in time. TRATON is expecting unit sales to decline substantially in the current quarter and this will have a negative impact on all the key performance indicators. The corona crisis has simultaneously brought production to a standstill, disrupted supply chains, and triggered a collapse in demand. “If a fleet modernization program can be initiated quickly across the whole of Europe, it will be possible to replace trucks weighing more than 6?tons on Europe’s roads (these now have an average age of 12?years) with more economical models. This would not only create jobs in the forwarding and commercial vehicle industries, but also help the European Union to meet its environmental targets,” said TRATON CEO Renschler. Conference call on the 3M?2020 results The conference call on the results for the first three months of 2020 will take place on Monday, May?4 from 11?a.m. to noon. An English translation will be available for the full webcast. You can ask your questions in German or English. A recording of the audio webcast will be available following the conference call. Your hosts for this conference call will be: Andreas Renschler, Chief Executive Officer, TRATON SE Christian Schulz, Chief Financial Officer, TRATON SE We look forward to welcoming you to TRATON?SE’s conference call. Dial-in numbers: DE: +4969201744220 FR: +33170709502 UK: +442030092470 US: +18774230830 SWE: +46850644386 PIN code for participants: 41589256# You can access the presentation under the following link: https://webcasts.eqs.com/traton2020050411/no-audio You can download the full press presentation, press release, and the investor relations presentation from May?4, 8?a.m. (CEST) under the following link: https://ir.www.3o1z.net/websites/traton/German/8900/events.html Contact: Julia Kroeber-Riel Head of Group Communications & Governmental Relations p +49 152 58870900 julia.kroeber-riel@www.3o1z.net Matthias Karpstein Business Media Relations p +49 172 3603071 matthias.karpstein@www.3o1z.net ? TRATON SE Dachauer Str. 641 80995 Munich About TRATON SE: TRATON SE is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer worldwide with its brands MAN,?Scania, Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus, and RIO. In 2019, TRATON GROUP’s brands sold around 242,000 vehicles in total. Its?offering comprises light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses at 29 production and assembly sites in 17 countries. The?Company had a workforce of around 82,700 employees?worldwide across its commercial vehicle brands as of December 31, 2019. The Group seeks to transform the transportation system through its products, its services, and as a partner for its customers.]]> press releases Sun, 03 May 2020 22:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_04052020.html 2020-05-03T22:00:00Z TRATON launches several corona crisis relief campaigns http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_27042020.html <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/03_Newsroom/02_Pressemitteilungen/Pressemitteilung/TRATON_collage_3-2.jpg/jcr:content/TRATON_collage_3-2.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >TRATON launches several corona crisis relief campaigns Targeted relief efforts launched by the TRATON?GROUP and its brands TRATON supports drivers through “DocStop für Europ?er e.V” Scania provides face masks to hospitals and assists a supplier of medical equipment MAN Truck & Bus uses a 3D-printing process to produce face-shield holders MAN Truck & Bus employees transport food to people in need ? Munich, April 27, 2020 – The TRATON?GROUP and its brands join the effort to overcome the corona crisis with targeted relief campaigns. TRATON will, for instance, support the “DocStop für Europ?er e.V.” association, which provides for an improvement in medical care and working conditions for bus and truck drivers on the road. “Professional truck drivers have a hard enough job to do even in normal times,” said Andreas Renschler, CEO of TRATON and member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen?AG. “The spread of the corona virus has made it even harder. This crisis has clearly demonstrated to us just how important supplies of medication and food are to us. We would not have access to them without road transportation. This is why I am really happy about the contribution we are making to help these truly system-relevant workers.”? As part of the branch initiative #Logistikhilft (logistics helps), the DocStop association is working with the German Association of Road Haulage, Logistics, and Disposal and the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure to set up about 150 sanitary cabins at logistical hotspots like terminals, shipping companies, and highway parking areas. The campaign is being financed by federal funds and TRATON’s donation. It is scheduled to start soon. The TRATON brands Scania and MAN?Truck?&?Bus have supported the association in the past and initiated additonal relief campaigns on their own. Scania has donated face masks to Swedish hospitals for example. Moreover, Scania employees from the procurement and logistics departments are sharing their expertise with a supplier of medical equipment to accelerate the production of ventilators. MAN?Truck?&?Bus has joined an initiative of the Volkswagen?Group in which a 3D-printing process is being used to produce plastic-film holders used in face shields. Furthermore, as part of the campaign “MAN übernimmt Verantwortung” (MAN assumes responsibility), employees of MAN?Truck?&?Bus?are serving as volunteers who distribute packages of food to people in need in the Munich area on behalf of the organization Lichtblick?e.V. “The situation may be really tough right now. But it is also fueling an impressive amount of social commitment,” Renschler said. “I am proud of every employee in our Group who is making a contribution and hope that this positive spirit will continue to shape our society once we have put the corona crisis behind us.” Julia Kroeber-Riel Head of Group Communications & Governmental Relations T +49 152 58870900???????????????? julia.kroeber-riel@www.3o1z.net Matthias Karpstein Business Media Relations T +49 172 3603071?????????????????? matthias.karpstein@www.3o1z.net TRATON SE Dachauer Str. 641 80995 Munich, Germany ? About TRATON SE: TRATON?SE is a subsidiary of Volkswagen?AG and a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer worldwide with its brands MAN, Scania, Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus, and RIO. In 2019, TRATON GROUP’s brands sold around 242,000 vehicles in total. Its offering comprises light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses at 29 production and assembly sites in 17 countries. The Company had a workforce of around 82,700 employees worldwide across its commercial vehicle brands as of Tuesday, December 31, 2019. The Group seeks to transform the transportation system through its products, its services, and as a partner for its customers.]]> press releases Sun, 26 Apr 2020 22:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_27042020.html 2020-04-26T22:00:00Z The brands of the TRATON GROUP are ready to ramp up their plants http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_220420.html Brands of the TRATON GROUP are gradually restarting production operations that have been shut down since march <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/plant_scania.jpg/jcr:content/plant_scania.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >The brands of the TRATON GROUP are ready to ramp up their plants Scania to start with a test of production operations in Sweden and the Netherlands MAN Truck & Bus to resume work in stages, beginning on April?27 VWCO to restart manufacturing from April 27 in Resende, Brazil Andreas Renschler, TRATON CEO: “We are concentrating fully on protecting our employees’ health and on sensibly limiting the economic consequences of the corona pandemic by carefully controlling the ramp up our production operations.” Munich, April 22, 2020 – The brands of the TRATON?GROUP are gradually restarting production operations that have been shut down since mid-March. Following the shutdown of production, Scania Vehicles & Services will initially test the stability of its supply chain and its production line processes on two business days that will be carried out at a reduced tempo while adhering to health-protection requirements. Scania’s production sites in France and Brazil will begin to ramp up their operations a week later. MAN Truck & Bus will restart its bus and truck production step by step, beginning on April 27. Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus will put the assembly lines of its main plant in Resende, Brazil, back into operation beginning on April 27. The VWCO plant in Queretaro, Mexico, is scheduled to reopen on May?4. “We are concentrating fully on protecting our employees’ health and on sensibly limiting the economic consequences of the corona pandemic by carefully controlling the ramp up of our production operations,” said Andreas Renschler, CEO of TRATON and member of the Board of Management at Volkswagen AG. TRATON SE is currently preparing the required set-up and protective measures, such as a route guidance system as well as a cleaning and office concept, in order to be able to ensure a gradual reopening of the headquarters in Munich in the coming weeks. “The corona pandemic has clearly shown us in recent weeks just how important road transports are to supply people with the goods they need,” Renschler said. “Our carefully considered resumption of production operations will ensure that our customers receive the supplies they need. The corona crisis is unique because it has simultaneously and nearly worldwide brought production to a standstill, as a consequence of disrupted supply chains and a collapse in demand. We will be able to overcome this crisis on a European level only with an energetic and coordinated approach within the European Union. Vigorous action is required in every single state.” TRATON is taking special precautions to protect the health of its workforce as it resumes operations. Production processes are being modified and cycle times extended as a way of creating extra space between employees. Minimum-distance requirements and stricter hygienic standards will apply in all areas. Protective equipment will be provided in those areas where it will be impossible to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters. Additional precautions will also be taken for employee breaks. In addition, work shifts will be decoupled in order to reduce the potential contact between employees. The restart will take the current availability of parts and developments in the sales markets as well as applicable official requirements into account. The company’s top priority is comprehensive precautions to protect the health of its employees. Matthias Karpstein Business Media Relations p +49 172 3603071 matthias.karpstein@www.3o1z.net ? TRATON SE Dachauer Str. 641 80995 Munich About TRATON SE: TRATON SE is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer worldwide with its brands MAN,?Scania, Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus, and RIO. In 2019, TRATON GROUP’s brands sold around 242,000 vehicles in total. Its?offering comprises light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses at 29 production and assembly sites in 17 countries. The?Company had a workforce of around 82,700 employees?worldwide across its commercial vehicle brands as of December 31, 2019. The Group seeks to transform the transportation system through its products, its services, and as a partner for its customers.]]> press releases Tue, 21 Apr 2020 22:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_220420.html 2020-04-21T22:00:00Z Covid-19 pandemic still has a significant impact on TRATON GROUP http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_210420.html <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/03_Newsroom/02_Pressemitteilungen/Pressemitteilung/TRATON-GROUP.jpg/jcr:content/TRATON-GROUP.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >TRATON SE announces preliminary Q1 2020 results Munich, 21 April 2020 – The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic still has a significant impact on TRATON GROUP's business. As a result, the production chains in the commercial vehicle industry has largely come to a standstill. Supplier bottlenecks led to extensive production stops within the TRATON GROUP. The aforementioned developments have a negative impact on the expected financial results of the TRATON GROUP. Based on preliminary figures, the TRATON GROUP expects for the first quarter of 2020: - Sales revenue of around 5.7 billion Euros. - Operating profit of around 160 million Euros and a return on sales margin of around 2.8%. - The industrial business net cash flow amounted to around -170 million Euros. - Industrial business net liquidity amounted to around -160 million Euros. As already announced on March 23, 2020 the TRATON GROUP has already implemented extensive counter measures to reduce costs. Securing liquidity has the highest priority and optimizing working capital and prioritizing investments are key focus areas. The TRATON GROUP is planning the phased restart of production in the coming weeks with enhanced safety standards for the workforce. An updated prognosis on its business development in 2020 is, considering the currently fast-moving changes, still not possible. Contact: Julia Kroeber-Riel Head of Group Communications & Governmental Relations p +49 152 58870900 julia.kroeber-riel@www.3o1z.net Matthias Karpstein Business Media Relations p +49 172 3603071 matthias.karpstein@www.3o1z.net ? TRATON SE Dachauer Str. 641 80995 Munich About TRATON SE: TRATON SE is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer worldwide with its brands MAN,?Scania, Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus, and RIO. In 2019, TRATON GROUP’s brands sold around 242,000 vehicles in total. Its?offering comprises light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses at 29 production and assembly sites in 17 countries. The?Company had a workforce of around 82,700 employees?worldwide across its commercial vehicle brands as of December 31, 2019. The Group seeks to transform the transportation system through its products, its services, and as a partner for its customers.]]> press releases Mon, 20 Apr 2020 22:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_210420.html 2020-04-20T22:00:00Z Covid-19 pandemic still has a significant impact on TRATON GROUP http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_210420.html The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic still has a significant impact on TRATON GROUP's business. <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/03_Newsroom/02_Pressemitteilungen/Pressemitteilung/TRATON-GROUP.jpg/jcr:content/TRATON-GROUP.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >TRATON SE announces preliminary Q1 2020 results Munich, 21 April 2020 – The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic still has a significant impact on TRATON GROUP's business. As a result, the production chains in the commercial vehicle industry has largely come to a standstill. Supplier bottlenecks led to extensive production stops within the TRATON GROUP. The aforementioned developments have a negative impact on the expected financial results of the TRATON GROUP. Based on preliminary figures, the TRATON GROUP expects for the first quarter of 2020: - Sales revenue of around 5.7 billion Euros. - Operating profit of around 160 million Euros and a return on sales margin of around 2.8%. - The industrial business net cash flow amounted to around -170 million Euros. - Industrial business net liquidity amounted to around -160 million Euros. As already announced on March 23, 2020 the TRATON GROUP has already implemented extensive counter measures to reduce costs. Securing liquidity has the highest priority and optimizing working capital and prioritizing investments are key focus areas. The TRATON GROUP is planning the phased restart of production in the coming weeks with enhanced safety standards for the workforce. An updated prognosis on its business development in 2020 is, considering the currently fast-moving changes, still not possible. Contact: Julia Kroeber-Riel Head of Group Communications & Governmental Relations p +49 152 58870900 julia.kroeber-riel@www.3o1z.net Matthias Karpstein Business Media Relations p +49 172 3603071 matthias.karpstein@www.3o1z.net ? TRATON SE Dachauer Str. 641 80995 Munich About TRATON SE: TRATON SE is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer worldwide with its brands MAN,?Scania, Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus, and RIO. In 2019, TRATON GROUP’s brands sold around 242,000 vehicles in total. Its?offering comprises light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses at 29 production and assembly sites in 17 countries. The?Company had a workforce of around 82,700 employees?worldwide across its commercial vehicle brands as of December 31, 2019. The Group seeks to transform the transportation system through its products, its services, and as a partner for its customers.]]> press releases Mon, 20 Apr 2020 22:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_210420.html 2020-04-20T22:00:00Z Drivers of innovation http://www.3o1z.net/en/innovation/innovation-stories/drivers-of-innovation.html Which new business models can emerge from modern software <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/innovation/images/treiber-der-innovation/teaser_a.jpg/jcr:content/teaser_a.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >Drivers of innovation Commercial vehicles of the future will be connected and communicate constantly with their immediate environment while at the same time being linked to the digital ecosystem via the cloud. For this to work, you need powerful software. At the beginning of 2020, the TRATON GROUP sent around fifty of its IT, research & development, strategy, and sales experts to the second Software Innovation Day in Munich to develop suitable ideas and concepts.]]> press releases Tue, 07 Apr 2020 22:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/innovation/innovation-stories/drivers-of-innovation.html 2020-04-07T22:00:00Z TRATON SE postpones Annual General Meeting due to coronavirus outbreak http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_27032020.html The new date for the Annual General Meeting will be announced in due time. <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/03_Newsroom/02_Pressemitteilungen/Pressemitteilung/IMG_7363.JPG/jcr:content/IMG_7363.JPG" hspace="5" align="left" >TRATON SE postpones Annual General Meeting due to coronavirus outbreak Munich, March 27, 2020 – The Executive Board of TRATON SE has decided to postpone the Annual General Meeting for fiscal year 2019, previously scheduled for May 28, 2020, due to the strong spread of the coronavirus. The new date for the Annual General Meeting will be announced in due time. For the protection of the participants of the Annual General Meeting, TRATON SE follows the advice of the Robert Koch Institute and the health authorities to refrain from holding public events in the near future in order to prevent infection with the coronavirus. This entails the corresponding postponement of the resolution on the appropriation of profits and the dividend payment. Contact: Julia Kroeber-Riel Head of Group Communications & Governmental Relations p +49 152 58870900 julia.kroeber-riel@www.3o1z.net Matthias Karpstein Business Media Relations p +49 172 3603071 matthias.karpstein@www.3o1z.net ? TRATON SE Dachauer Str. 641 80995 Munich About TRATON SE: TRATON SE is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer worldwide with its brands MAN,?Scania, Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus, and RIO. In 2019, TRATON GROUP’s brands sold around 242,000 vehicles in total. Its?offering comprises light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses at 29 production and assembly sites in 17 countries. The?Company had a workforce of around 82,700 employees?worldwide across its commercial vehicle brands as of December 31, 2019. The Group seeks to transform the transportation system through its products, its services, and as a partner for its customers.]]> press releases Thu, 26 Mar 2020 23:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_27032020.html 2020-03-26T23:00:00Z Video message http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/stories/Video-message-Andreas-Renschler.html Industry will play an important role in the supply of food and medication to people. <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/03_Newsroom/02_Pressemitteilungen/Pressemitteilung/Header.jpg/jcr:content/Header.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >Statement of Andreas Renschler]]> press releases Sun, 22 Mar 2020 23:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/stories/Video-message-Andreas-Renschler.html 2020-03-22T23:00:00Z TRATON generated good results in 2019 amid increasingly challenging market conditions http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_23032020.html The TRATON GROUP increased both sales revenue and operating profit during the challenging year of 2019. <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/03_Newsroom/02_Pressemitteilungen/Pressemitteilung/GB_Titelbild_EN_1920x1280.jpg/jcr:content/GB_Titelbild_EN_1920x1280.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >TRATON generated good results in 2019 amid increasingly challenging market conditions Sales revenue increased by 4% to €26.9?billion Operating profit rose by 25% to €1.9?billion; operating return on sales rose to 7% Net liquidity in the Industrial Business segment totaled €1.5?billion Coronavirus pandemic prevents any reliable guidance regarding business performance in 2020 TRATON CEO Andreas Renschler: “In this crisis, the commercial vehicles industry will play an important role in the supply of food and medication to people.” Munich, March 23, 2020 – The TRATON?GROUP increased both sales revenue and operating profit during the challenging year of 2019 and is now preparing to meet emerging economic challenges and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The brands of the TRATON?GROUP have temporarily closed a number of plants in response the pandemic. MAN?Truck?&?Bus filed an application for short-time work (Kurzarbeit) for workers in its German plants today. “In this crisis, the commercial vehicles industry will play an important role in the provision of food and medication to people,” said Andreas Renschler, TRATON CEO and member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen?AG. As one of Europe’s largest commercial vehicles manufacturers, the TRATON?GROUP will assume the special responsibilities that have arisen from this emergency situation. “This is why we are going all out to continue providing service and replacement parts to our customers,” Renschler said. “Deliveries of food and medication can be assured only if overland transportation functions smoothly. In this exceptionally challenging situation that each of us faces today, the year of 2019 almost seems like ancient history. Nonetheless, we have every reason to be proud of our achievements.” Outlook for 2020 “In our Annual Report, which was prepared as of February?10, 2020, we were expecting to record a moderate decline in unit sales and sales revenue for 2020,” TRATON CFO Christian Schulz said. But the ongoing coronavirus pandemic makes it impossible by now to forecast the developments in the sales markets and, therefore, the company’s business development this year in a reliable fashion. In this situation that is weighing on the economy as a whole, the fact that we are able to lean on a sound balance-sheet structure is to our advantage. For instance, the net liquidity in the Industrial Business segment totaled €1.5?billion at the end of 2019,” explained Schulz. The TRATON GROUP at a glance In 2019, revenue rose by 4% year on year and reached €26.9?billion. After adjusting for the sale of Volkswagen?Gebrauchtfahrzeughandels und Service?GmbH (“VGSG”) as of January?1, 2020, sales revenue increased by 6%. VGSG generated a sales revenue of €585?million during the previous year. The operating profit increased by 25% and reached €1.9?billion (previous year: €1.5?billion). The operating return on sales climbed to 7.0% compared to 5.8% in 2018. Order intake fell by 7% to 227,200?units. The book-to-bill ratio (unit sales divided by order intake) totaled 0.91 and recorded a decline compared with the previous year’s level of 0.95. In the Industrial Business segment, sales revenue rose by 6% to €26.4?billion (previous year: €25.0?billion). The commercial vehicle business made the biggest contribution to sales revenue growth. The operating profit totaled €1.7?billion (previous year: €1.3?billion) and thus increased by 29%. The Financial Services segment generated sales revenue of €849?million (previous year: €760?million) and an operating profit of €142?million (previous year: €138?million). Operating units at a glance Scania Vehicles & Services increased unit sales by 3% to 99,500 (previous year: 96,500) vehicles. Sales revenue rose by 7% to €13.9?billion (previous year: €13?billion). The operating profit rose by 25% to €1.5?billion (previous year: €1.2?billion). The operating return on sales reached 10.8% (previous year: 9.3%). MAN Truck & Bus recorded unit sales of 105,000 (previous year: 103,000) vehicles, an increase of 2%. MAN?TGE van unit sales virtually doubled to 15,000?vehicles and thus made a substantial contribution to unit sales overall. Sales revenue rose by 3% to €11.1?billion (previous year: €10.8?billion). The operating profit totaled €371?million (previous year: €402?million), 8% below the previous year’s figure. This corresponds to an operating return on sales of 3.3% (previous year: 3.7%). Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus increased unit sales by 15% to 41,900 (previous year: 36,400) vehicles and benefited from positive market developments in Latin America. Sales revenue climbed by 22% to €1.7?billion (previous year: €1.4?billion). The operating profit virtually doubled, reaching €55?million (previous year: €28?million). The operating return on sales rose to 3.2% (previous year: 2.0%). Realignment of MAN?Truck?&?Bus aims to secure sustainability The brands of the TRATON?GROUP continuously work to improve their profitability. In the medium term, MAN?Truck?&?Bus is aiming to generate a return on sales of 8%. This target was clearly missed last year. MAN is now heading towards a fundamental realignment. “MAN?Truck?&?Bus has to be ready to take on future challenges like investments in electromobility and the increasing digitalization trend. We will be able to ensure the sustainable future success of our strong brand in a market filled with the very highest technical demands only if MAN?Truck?&?Bus undergoes a fundamental realignment,” explains Renschler. The Executive Board of MAN?Truck?&?Bus has begun first discussions with the company’s Works Council regarding the realignment of the company. TRATON CEO Andreas Renschler addresses the current situation in this video. Contact: Julia Kroeber-Riel Head of Group Communications & Governmental Relations p +49 152 58870900 julia.kroeber-riel@www.3o1z.net Matthias Karpstein Business Media Relations p +49 172 3603071 matthias.karpstein@www.3o1z.net Sebastian Rausch Financial Media Relations T +49 174 9403059???? sebastian.rausch@www.3o1z.net TRATON SE Dachauer Str. 641 80995 Munich www.www.3o1z.net TRATON SE is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer worldwide with its brands MAN,?Scania, Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus, and RIO. In 2019, TRATON GROUP’s brands sold around 242,000 vehicles in total. Its?offering comprises light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses at 29 production and assembly sites in 17 countries. The?Company had a workforce of around 82,700 employees?worldwide across its commercial vehicle brands as of December 31, 2019. The Group seeks to transform the transportation system through its products, its services, and as a partner for its customers.]]> press releases Sun, 22 Mar 2020 23:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_23032020.html 2020-03-22T23:00:00Z Digital transparency for growing truck fleets http://www.3o1z.net/en/innovation/innovation-stories/digital-transparency.html Transportation and logistics are becoming increasingly decisive factors in the overall success of an industria <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/innovation/images/teaser/Teaser_B/digitaler_durchblick_b.jpg/jcr:content/digitaler_durchblick_b.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >Digital transparency for growing truck fleets Digital transparency for growing truck fleets How digital brand RIO aims to optimize the logistics industry Transportation and logistics are becoming increasingly decisive factors in the overall success of an industrial company. A fully loaded truck breaking down on the side of a country road could complicate things elsewhere — for example, a production line might come to a standstill because the parts the truck is carrying cannot be delivered on time and nobody at the factory was informed of the delay. The TRATON GROUP, which includes the MAN and Scania brands, aims to avoid such situations. That’s why it produces more than just trucks and buses; it also works to ensure that transports and tours with these vehicles are as trouble-free as possible. One-stop monitoring for hundreds of daily transports TRATON’s digital brand RIO connects all parts of the supply chain. Suppliers, freight forwarders, factories, and dealers are linked with each other on a logistics platform in the cloud. Since they all operate in the same digital environment, they benefit from transparency along the entire chain. The Munich-based team is well equipped to handle such challenging tasks. There are numerous industrial companies, and not just in Europe. Each has hundreds of suppliers and its own production facilities, and every day, thousands of transports are needed between these sites. RIO is focusing on digitalizing the structures they use and connecting them with each other — monitoring, steering, and optimizing a company’s countless truck transports from one central place to do so. There is great interest in this service: “We gain 25 percent of new customers every month,” explains Jan Kaumanns, CEO of RIO. Transparency for each individual shipment in the truck Although many transport companies are already connected with each other in some way, there are still individual parts of the supply chain that have virtually no contact with one another. “There are numerous isolated solutions on the market for transportation logistics. We want to link them together and thus offer transparency for each individual shipment,” says Karsten Kampowsky, Head of Product Management at RIO. This will lead to efficiency gains for customers as well as freight forwarders and suppliers; in other words, all those involved could benefit from a common platform. In the future, for example, the truck is supposed to automatically report delays to the recipient of the cargo. This sounds simple, but it has been impossible to achieve so far in any sizable dimension. “For the first time, we are delivering a complete logistics supply chain, one that is end-to-end,” says Kampowsky. That means: customers commissioning transportation services know where a specific product is at any point in time and can respond accordingly. Moreover, this transparency applies to every single part the truck is carrying, regardless of which language the truck driver speaks. Digital processes — RIO’s core business — make this a reality. An open system across all brands Development of the digital platform has been underway for three years, and with it, RIO can offer digital services across all brands, groups, and vehicles. Customers are not tied to specific manufacturers. The RIO services operate in an open system and combine all the technical prerequisites under one umbrella. That corresponds to the reality of the transportation industry: freight forwarders generally operate trucks from multiple manufacturers and the software they use has to be able to handle this. Furthermore, large corporations often use dozens of transport companies as part of their logistics chains. These companies, in turn, have different vehicle fleets and their own software applications. And all this diversity has to be integrated; this is the only way for the RIO software to connect a widespread network of suppliers, factories, importers, or dealers. Once transparency has been achieved, the transports can be optimally managed and perfected down to the last detail — which also leads to higher truck capacity utilization. After all, planners and dispatchers know exactly how full a truck is and can also commission additional cargo on short notice. The trucks are then automatically rerouted. The result is fewer empty runs and shorter idle times for vehicles. Not only does it make the companies involved happy; it also results in fewer emissions, thus decreasing the overall environmental impact.]]> press releases Sun, 22 Mar 2020 23:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/innovation/innovation-stories/digital-transparency.html 2020-03-22T23:00:00Z Brands of the TRATON GROUP take action as a result of the corona pandemic http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_19032020.html European brands of the TRATON GROUP will temporary close several plants in Europe. <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/03_Newsroom/02_Pressemitteilungen/Pressemitteilung/TRATON-GROUP.jpg/jcr:content/TRATON-GROUP.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >Brands of the TRATON GROUP take action as a result of the corona pandemic Scania temporarily shuts down its European plants MAN?Truck?&?Bus seeks temporary unemployment benefits for its production facilities in Germany and stops production in Munich from March 19 Service networks remain in operation TRATON CEO Andreas Renschler: “We are doing everything we can to keep service and replacement parts flowing to our customers.” ? Munich, March 19, 2020 – In response to the corona pandemic, the European brands of the TRATON?GROUP will temporary close several plants in Europe and request temporary unemployment assistance (so called “Kurzarbeit”) to support its workers in Germany during the shutdown. “It is becoming harder and harder to supply our plants due to the spread of the coronavirus in Europe,” said Andreas Renschler, CEO of TRATON and member of the Management Board of Volkswagen?AG. “Because we also want our workforce to remain healthy, we will significantly slow production or temporarily halt it completely. At the same time, we are doing everything we can to keep service and replacement parts flowing to our customers. Supporting overland transportation and thus the delivery of food and medication has rarely been as critical as it is today. We as one of the largest commercial vehicle manufacturers in Europe hold a special responsibility in this unprecedented situation.” Scania?Vehicles?&?Services will halt production at all of its European plants starting Wednesday, March?25, because of disruptions in its supply and logistics chain. But service and replacement-parts centers will remain in operation, ensuring that Scania customers can continue to supply society with vitally important goods. Scania currently expects the production shutdown to last for two weeks. The production stop will affect Scania employees in Sweden, the Netherlands, and France. Scania’s management team is working with employee unions at the moment to develop ways to address the reduced workload that will follow the shutdown. “The management team and employee representatives welcome the government support programs that are being offered in the countries where our workers will be temporarily out of work,” said Henrik Henriksson, President and CEO of Scania. ? MAN?Truck?&?Bus has requested short-time work (so called “Kurzarbeit”) for a large number of its production workers in Germany beginning on Monday, March?23. Discussions are already being conducted among MAN, employee representatives and government officials. Production at the company’s plant in Munich will be stopped already today, March?19. Other plants will shut down and take the decisions individually. By taking these steps, MAN is responding to increasing disruptions in supply operations to its plants and in vehicle and parts deliveries while at the same time protecting its employees’ health. Administrative employees who are unaffected by reduced working hours are encouraged to use the company’s flexible working hours policy and to work from home where ever possible. MAN is also cutting back production in plants located outside Germany. The company’s sales and service locations around the world are to remain in full operation to maintain the company’s supply chain as long as possible. Production continues for the TRATON brands in Latin America. At Volkswagen?Caminh?es?e??nibus, operations are still being conducted. The stability of the supply chain is being continuously monitored. Scania’s production in Latin America, which represents about one-fifth of production volume, will also continue as planned for the time being. A wide range of steps has been taken in the workforce of TRATON?SE to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. Administrative employees have been telecommuting since March?13. Business trips are no longer being taken. TRATON has also stopped holding events that people attend in person. As a result, the company has decided to cancel the Annual Press Conference that was scheduled for March?23. Julia Kroeber-Riel Head of Group Communications & Governmental Relations p +49 152 58870900 julia.kroeber-riel@www.3o1z.net Matthias Karpstein Business Media Relations p +49 172 3603071 matthias.karpstein@www.3o1z.net Sebastian Rausch Financial Media Relations T +49 174 9403059???? sebastian.rausch@www.3o1z.net TRATON SE Dachauer Str. 641 80995 Munich ? About TRATON SE: TRATON SE is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer worldwide with its brands MAN,?Scania, Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus, and RIO. In 2019, TRATON GROUP’s brands sold around 242,000 vehicles in total. Its?offering comprises light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses at 29 production and assembly sites in 17 countries. The?Company had a workforce of around 82,700 employees?worldwide across its commercial vehicle brands as of December 31, 2019. The Group seeks to transform the transportation system through its products, its services, and as a partner for its customers.]]> press releases Wed, 18 Mar 2020 23:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_19032020.html 2020-03-18T23:00:00Z TRATON seeking to execute a squeeze-out of the non-controlling shareholders of MAN SE in accordance with merger law http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_28022020.html Proposal to commence negotiations on a merger agreement served on MAN SE by the Executive Board of TRATON SE <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/03_Newsroom/02_Pressemitteilungen/Pressemitteilung/_K6A5334.jpg/jcr:content/_K6A5334.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >TRATON seeking to execute a squeeze-out of the non-controlling shareholders of MAN SE in accordance with merger law Proposal to commence negotiations on a merger agreement served on MAN?SE by the Executive Board of TRATON?SE Formal request sent to MAN?SE to initiate proceedings for the execution of a squeeze-out process in accordance with merger law Appropriate cash settlement for MAN?SE shareholders Customers and shareholders of TRATON?SE to benefit from simplified overall Group structure ? Munich, February?28, 2020 —?Commercial vehicle producer TRATON?SE (TRATON) intends to merge MAN?SE (MAN) with TRATON in order to simplify the TRATON GROUP’s overall structure. In connection with this merger, TRATON plans to execute the procedure for transferring the shares held by the non-controlling shareholders of MAN to TRATON in consideration of payment of an appropriate cash settlement (squeeze-out in accordance with merger law). Consequently, the Executive Board of TRATON has today served on the Executive Board of MAN a proposal to commence negotiations for a merger agreement as well as a formal request to initiate proceedings for the execution of a squeeze-out in accordance with merger law. TRATON currently already holds 94.36% of MAN’s capital stock and will be offering the non-controlling shareholders of MAN an appropriate cash settlement in consideration of the acquisition of the remaining 5.64% shares in MAN. The amount of the appropriate cash settlement has not yet been determined. Since the termination of the domination and profit and loss transfer agreement between TRATON and MAN effective January?1, 2019, there has effectively been a Group-like relationship. By eliminating MAN?SE as a sub-holding company, TRATON will be able to establish a more efficient overall Group structure and implement decisions more quickly. In addition, it will be possible to reduce administrative expenses. As a result of the merger, MAN?Truck?&?Bus?SE and Scania AB?in particular will become wholly owned direct subsidiaries of TRATON?SE. Julia Kroeber-Riel Head of Group Communications & Governmental Relations p +49 152 58870900 julia.kroeber-riel@www.3o1z.net Matthias Karpstein Business Media Relations p +49 172 3603071 matthias.karpstein@www.3o1z.net About TRATON SE: TRATON SE is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer worldwide with its brands MAN,?Scania, Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus, and RIO. In 2019, TRATON GROUP’s brands sold around 242,000 vehicles in total. Its?offering comprises light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses at 29 production and assembly sites in 17 countries. The?Company had a workforce of around 82,700 employees?worldwide across its commercial vehicle brands as of December 31, 2019. The Group seeks to transform the transportation system through its products, its services, and as a partner for its customers.]]> press releases Thu, 27 Feb 2020 23:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_28022020.html 2020-02-27T23:00:00Z TRATON and the Research Institute RISE will start a cooperation http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press-release_21022020.html TRATON and the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) will start a long-term cooperation. <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/03_Newsroom/02_Pressemitteilungen/Pressemitteilung/untitled/Header.jpg0/jcr:content/Header.jpg0" hspace="5" align="left" >TRATON and the Research Institute RISE will start a cooperation Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE)? Long term cooperation intended Initial focus on cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence (AI) TRATON COO Christian Levin: “Cooperation with RISE will foster our development of new competences.” Scania and TRATON will jointly drive the cooperation Munich, February 21, 2020 – TRATON and the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) will start a long-term cooperation that will initially focus on cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence (AI). TRATON and RISE have therefore signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will serve as a platform for a long-term and strategic relationship. As the first step, the cooperation will concentrate on cybersecurity and AI, but the project portfolio will be flexible over time. “Innovation is an important pillar of our Global Champion Strategy. The cooperation with RISE will foster our development of new competences on very important technologies,” says Christian Levin, TRATON Board member responsible for R&D and Chief Operating Officer. Scania, being part of TRATON and based and incorporated in Sweden, will have a special role in the strategic relationship. Together with TRATON, Scania will drive the cooperation, which is also open to the TRATON brands MAN, Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus, and RIO. “Our strategic research goals are important for our success in the future. The cooperation with RISE is an important step toward these goals,” says Tony Sandberg, Director Research & Innovation at Scania Group. ??? RISE is a Swedish Government Research Institute with 2,800 employees and has the largest cybersecurity group in Sweden. It is a member of the European Cybersecurity Organization (ECSO). Pia Sandvik, CEO of RISE, sees technology as part of the solution for many social challenges: “New technologies offer a shortcut to a more sustainable society. This applies, for example, to the climate threat and the transition to a more sustainable transport system,” says Pia Sandvik. Contact: Matthias Karpstein Business Media Relations TRATON SE Dachauer Str. 641 80995 Munich, Germany T +49 172 3603 071?? matthias.karpstein@www.3o1z.net About TRATON SE: TRATON SE is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer worldwide with its brands MAN, Scania, Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus, and RIO. In 2019, TRATON GROUP’s brands sold around 242,000 vehicles in total. Its offering comprises light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses at 29 production and assembly sites in 17 countries. The Company had a workforce of around 82,700 employees worldwide across its commercial vehicle brands as of December 31, 2019. The Group seeks to transform the transportation system through its products, its services, and as a partner for its customers.]]> press releases Thu, 20 Feb 2020 23:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press-release_21022020.html 2020-02-20T23:00:00Z Code & coopetition http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/stories/code-and-co-opetition.html A hackathon sees people from different areas look for digital solutions to overcome challenges in the industry <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/03_Newsroom/01_News/code-und-co-opetition/code-und-co-opetition-header.jpg/jcr:content/code-und-co-opetition-header.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >Code & coopetition An industrial building in the north of Munich. A layer of cement stains on the bare concrete floor, walls covered in pipes and wires. In the center of the room: foosball tables and an abundance of sofas. A vegan food truck is parked in the corner, its many fridges bursting with Club-Mate and energy drinks. All over, interested people with their laptops open in front of them are dipping in and out of animated discussions. You’d be forgiven for thinking this was a coworking space—and you wouldn’t be far off. At the start of December, more than 100 people met here, in this startup atmosphere, to take part in a hackathon. This time, the event was organized by MAN, a TRATON brand. You don’t need to have studied IT to be a hacker “We want to create ideas”—that’s how Niklaus Waser describes the objective of the event he initiated. Waser has been Head of Digital Transformation & Business Models at MAN since mid-2019. It may be the first hackathon for the company, but not for Waser himself. He knows the scene well: “We wouldn’t have got people to come to a conference hotel,” he says from experience. The people loved the industrial feel of the venue, located just a few kilometers away from the MAN headquarters in Munich. The rest of the time, this space is home to highly secret prototypes of future trucks and buses—you can’t get much more authentic than that. That sort of atmosphere is the ideal setting for a hackathon. The participants have to feel at ease—only then can ideas flow. With this in mind, the 23 teams spent three days developing suggestions for how MAN, but also the entire transportation and logistics industry, can boost their digital presence. To succeed in this kind of competition, you have to be quick on your feet, a good team player, and love what you do. What you don’t have to be, however, is an IT specialist. Designers, analysts, and economics experts had also registered to take part. They were given three areas to choose from: electric mobility, transportation logistics, and vehicle safety. Ideas for digital use of trucks and buses “These days, manufacturers cannot just produce trucks and buses,” explains Michael Kobriger, Board Member responsible for Production and Logistics at MAN Truck & Bus. Instead, customers expect a wide range of services for their business. In addition to the vehicle itself, they also look for digital products they can use every day. Kobriger adds that there is growing demand for manufacturers’ logistics solutions. This is where the RIO digital platform comes in within the TRATON GROUP. The foundation of digital solutions is data. This is why it also formed the basis for all deliberations during the hackathon. The data in question came from a real fleet, which included ten electric MAN delivery trucks that have been in daily operation in Austria for many months. The hackathon participants were able to use and work with one million anonymous data points covering range, temperature curves, and load parameters. They were then tasked with using these as the basis on which to find a brilliant idea and put it into practice as far as possible. During the time they had to work on this, the teams received competent support from MAN experts and from specialists working for partner companies Futurice, Microsoft, Accenture, and the Bavarian Digitalization Center (Zentrum Digitalisierung Bayern). Designing applications with the customer in mind—a new approach There tends to be quite a mix of participants in a hackathon. After all, it’s not just expert knowledge that counts here, but also the ability to adapt to the problems you are faced with. The teams are mostly made up of three to five people, who often meet for the first time at the event itself. It is then important for them to quickly get used to one another, as they can only succeed if they work as a team. Three teams at the MAN hackathon were also made up of the company’s own employees: MAN graduate and vocational trainees were keen to sign up for the event. The areas of the commercial vehicle manufacturer they work in could not be more different. All are fascinated by the challenge of creating new ideas with the customer in mind. “Even now, digital services in our industry are still mostly developed with the vehicle in mind,” explains Nicklaus Waser. That has to change, and a hackathon is the ideal event for this shift in mindset. He adds that when people with completely different skills and professional backgrounds come together, opportunities arise for an entirely new way of thinking. Some of the teams never even had anything to do with logistics, one of the event’s focal points, until the hackathon itself. This didn’t stop them from finding solutions for the industry problems they were presented with. A jury assesses the teams At the end of the three days, six teams were selected to present their ideas in the format of a speed-dating event. Each pitch lasted exactly five minutes, with team members given another four minutes to answer the jury’s questions. The jury was made up of specialists from the participating companies, all of them experts in logistics, transportation, or IT. In the end, three teams received monetary prizes. There was little doubt as to who the winner was going to be: team Flying Doctors won the hearts of both the jury and the audience. Its members had developed software for managing maintenance times for commercial vehicles that allows upcoming work to be booked automatically in a workshop en route, where possible during the driver’s rest periods. Although there could only be one winner, there were plenty of other good ideas: Niklaus Waser warned the teams that they can expect phone calls from the MAN headquarters. “We will definitely follow up on one or two suggestions that we saw here today,” the manager noted with delight. He also already announced the next hackathon—scheduled to kick off in 2020.]]> press releases Mon, 17 Feb 2020 23:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/stories/code-and-co-opetition.html 2020-02-17T23:00:00Z The new generation of MAN trucks http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/stories/more-stories-about-the-new-truck.html Highlights from the launch of the new series in Bilbao <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/03_Newsroom/01_News/MAN-Truck/120_01_MAN-Ascari-02091.jpg/jcr:content/120_01_MAN-Ascari-02091.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >The new generation of MAN trucks “In my opinion, we are talking too much about obstacles. Above all, big changes do create a universe of great options. At TRATON GROUP we are driven by the idea to transform transportation in order to make the world a better place. Because the transportation sector has a huge responsibility to take. It is all about people, planet, and performance.”? Experience the new truck generation: Videos, photo stories, interviews, and reports about the new truck series on the website]]> press releases Mon, 10 Feb 2020 23:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/stories/more-stories-about-the-new-truck.html 2020-02-10T23:00:00Z TRATON Proposes To Acquire All Outstanding Common Shares Of Navistar For USD 35 Per Share http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_30012020.html TRATON proposes to acquire all outstanding common shares of Navistar. <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/03_Newsroom/02_Pressemitteilungen/Pressemitteilung/Header.jpg/jcr:content/Header.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >TRATON Proposes To Acquire All Outstanding Common Shares Of Navistar For USD 35 Per Share Munich, January?30, 2020 – TRATON SE (“TRATON”), one of the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturers, today offered to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Navistar International Corporation (“Navistar”) (NYSE: NAV) not already owned by TRATON at a price of USD 35 per share in cash.? This represents a 45% premium over Navistar’s closing share price of USD 24.11 on January 29, 2020 and a 19% premium over Navistar’s 90-day volume weighted average price of USD 29.40.? TRATON currently owns 16.8% of the outstanding common shares of Navistar. Since 2017, TRATON and Navistar have benefitted from a strategic alliance that has delivered significant value to both companies through increased purchasing power and the integration of new technologies.? As the global commercial vehicle industry continues to evolve, TRATON believes that the proposed transaction is the logical next step and would result in even greater benefits. ?? If the proposed offer were accepted and the acquisition completed, the combined company would have an enhanced ability to meet the demands of new regulations and rapidly developing technologies in connectivity, propulsion and autonomous driving.? Combining TRATON’s leading position in the European and South American markets with Navistar’s presence in North America would create a leader with global reach and complementary capabilities.? The transaction would also provide substantial value to Navistar stockholders through an immediate and certain cash premium.? “Over the past three years, we have benefitted from a highly collaborative and productive strategic alliance with Navistar.? As the market continues to evolve, we believe there are compelling strategic and financial benefits to a full combination of TRATON and Navistar.? The proposed transaction would create a leader in commercial vehicles with global scale and a strong portfolio of leading brands and cutting-edge products, technologies and services while delivering immediate and substantial value to Navistar stockholders,” said TRATON Chief Executive Officer Andreas Renschler.? The proposal, which TRATON expects to be evaluated by the independent directors of Navistar, is subject to certain customary due diligence.? Any transaction would be subject to approval by the boards of TRATON and Volkswagen AG and the Board of Directors of Navistar and its stockholders as well as negotiation of a definitive merger agreement and stockholder support agreements with certain major stockholders of Navistar.? TRATON expects that the proposed transaction could be closed by the end of 2020.? As a significant stockholder of Navistar, TRATON is committed to seeing the proposal completed and would not, in its capacity as a stockholder, support an alternative transaction. Contact: Volkswagen AG? Dr. Marc Langendorf Head of Corporate Communications p +49 5361 9 344 74 marc.langendorf@volkswagen.de ? TRATON SE Julia Kroeber-Riel Head of Group Communications & Governmental Relations p +49 152 588 70 900 julia.kroeber-riel@www.3o1z.net ? Matthias Karpstein Business Media Relations p +49 172 3603 071 matthias.karpstein@www.3o1z.net ? Volkswagen Group of America Pietro Zollino Executive Vice President Communications Volkswagen Group of America p +1 703 364 7016 pietro.zollino@vw.com About the Volkswagen Group: The Volkswagen Group, with its headquarters in Wolfsburg, is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. The Group comprises twelve brands from seven European countries: Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, ?KODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN. The passenger car portfolio ranges from small cars all the way to luxury-class vehicles. Ducati offers motorcycles. In the light and heavy commercial vehicles sector, the products include ranges from pick-ups, buses and heavy trucks. Every weekday, 664,496 employees around the globe produce on average 44,567 vehicles, are involved in vehicle-related services or work in other areas of business. The Volkswagen Group sells its vehicles in 153 countries. In 2018, the total number of vehicles supplied to customers by the Group globally was 10,8 million (2017: 10,7 million). The passenger car global market share was 12.3 per cent. In Western Europe 22.0 per cent of all new passenger cars come from the Volkswagen Group. Group sales revenue in 2018 totalled €235.8 billion (2017: €231 billion). Earnings after tax in 2018 amounted to €17.1 billion (2017: €11.6 billion). ? About TRATON SE: TRATON SE is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer worldwide with its brands MAN, Scania, Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus, and RIO. In 2019, TRATON GROUP’s brands sold around 242,000 vehicles in total. Its offering comprises light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses at 29 production and assembly sites in 17 countries. The Company had a workforce of around 82,700 employees worldwide across its commercial vehicle brands as of December 31, 2019. The Group seeks to transform the transportation system through its products, its services, and as a partner for its customers.]]> press releases Wed, 29 Jan 2020 23:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_30012020.html 2020-01-29T23:00:00Z TRATON with strong vehicle sales in 2019 http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_15012020.html In 2019, TRATON SE sold 242,200 vehicles of the MAN, Scania, and Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus brands. <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/03_Newsroom/02_Pressemitteilungen/Pressemitteilung/TRATON_3trucks_2020_50_teaser.jpg/jcr:content/TRATON_3trucks_2020_50_teaser.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >TRATON with strong vehicle sales in 2019 Vehicle sales increase by 4% 242,200 vehicle deliveries of the three TRATON brands CEO Andreas Renschler: “Strong unit sales figures in an increasingly challenging market” Measures initiated to cushion market weakness in Europe Target for operating return on sales of 6.5% to 7.5% for 2019 confirmed Munich, January?15, 2020 – In 2019, TRATON?SE in its Industrial Business sold 242,200 vehicles of the MAN, Scania, and Volkswagen?Caminh?es?e??nibus brands, exceeding the prior-year figure by 4%. This positive development was driven among other things by high demand for trucks in Europe in the first half of the year and a sharp increase in demand in Brazil. However, the market for trucks cooled further in the course of the year, especially in Europe (EU28+2). That is reflected by the fact that the Group’s order intake declined during the year, falling by 7% compared to 2018. “We achieved strong sales figures in an increasingly challenging market. Our brands were ready early on for the foreseeable decline in orders in Europe,” said Andreas Renschler, CEO of TRATON and member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen?AG. “Our outstanding technology, close contact with customers, and an excellent team will give us a good foundation to tackle the challenges lying ahead,” added Renschler. All three brands helped the Group achieve its strong unit sales: MAN sold 104,900 vehicles, 2% more than in the previous year. The MAN?TGE van made a major contribution to that. Scania delivered 99,500 trucks and buses (+3%). Volkswagen?Caminh?es?e??nibus benefited from the economic upturn in Brazil, increasing deliveries by 15% to 41,900 vehicles. Whereas the TRATON brands grew sales of their trucks (excluding the MAN?TGE van) by 2% to 205,900 units, deliveries of buses fell by 5% to 21,500 units following strong demand in 2018. Weaker demand for trucks in Europe in the second half of the year is attributable, among other reasons, to orders being pulled forward in the first half of the year because of introduction of the digital tachograph in Europe as of June?15, 2019, and pull-forward effects in the United Kingdom as a result of Brexit. The market for commercial vehicles over six tons cooled down sharply, in particular in Europe, in the second half of the year. Orders for trucks of the TRATON brands (excluding the MAN?TGE van) in the second half of 2019 totaled 89,500 and were thus 12% below the figure of 101,500 in the first half of the year. MAN and Scania have already taken measures in Europe to counter the decline in the market. Production has been adjusted and the number of subcontracted employees reduced. We still expect a decline of 10% to 20% for the European market (EU28+2) for trucks over six tons in 2020. That will likely be particularly visible in the first half of 2020, since the first half of 2019 was impacted by pull-forward effects due to introduction of the digital tachograph and the Brexit debate. Based on market expectations, the TRATON brands are preparing further measures in coordination with all relevant stakeholder groups. We confirm our target of an operating return on sales of 6.5% to 7.5% in 2019. ? Contact: Matthias Karpstein Business Media Relations TRATON SE Dachauer Str. 641 80995 Munich, Germany T +49 172 3603 071????????????????? matthias.karpstein@www.3o1z.net ? TRATON?SE is a subsidiary of Volkswagen?AG and a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer worldwide with its brands MAN, Scania, Volkswagen?Caminh?es?e??nibus, and RIO. In 2019, TRATON?GROUP’s brands sold around 242,000?vehicles in total. Its offering comprises light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses at 29?production and assembly sites in 17?countries. The Company had a workforce of around 81,000?employees worldwide across its commercial vehicle brands as of December?31, 2019. The Group seeks to transform the transportation system through its products, its services, and as a partner for its customers.]]> press releases Tue, 14 Jan 2020 23:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_15012020.html 2020-01-14T23:00:00Z On the way towards more sustainability http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/stories/Underway-in-a-more-sustainable-way.html What’s the future role of buses? <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/untitled.jpg/jcr:content/untitled.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >On the way towards more sustainability There is a sustainable solution available for everyone: buses. Our engineers and designers came together with partners to jointly define the future role of these indispensable vehicles.?]]> press releases Wed, 11 Dec 2019 23:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/stories/Underway-in-a-more-sustainable-way.html 2019-12-11T23:00:00Z School buses: sometimes the only guarantee that pupils can get to school http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/stories/school-buses-guarantee-that-pupils-can-get-to-school.html School buses as “allies of education”. <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/03_Newsroom/01_News/schulbusse/Navistar_Header.jpg/jcr:content/Navistar_Header.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >School buses: sometimes the only guarantee that pupils can get to school In the US, these distinctive vehicles are traditionally used to drive pupils to school. Their striking appearance remained pretty much the same for decades, with millions of children and young adults in the US taking the yellow buses to school and back every single day. By contrast, hardly anyone notices groups of schoolchildren making their way to school in Germany. That’s because most of the time, they take regular line-service buses. In Brazil, on the other hand, off-road vehicles are used to transport pupils to school—and have tough road conditions to overcome. Regardless of where the youngsters taking them live—school buses are supposed to be particularly cost-efficient and safe. Sometimes, they even guarantee children access to schooling in the first place. School buses as “allies of education” For instance in Brazil, where many young people living in remote regions leave school early because getting there every day is too much hassle. In light of this, the Brazilian government has set up a special incentive program known as “Caminho da Escola” (Portuguese for “School Run”). To date, Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus has supplied over half of the new vehicles purchased using the program funds. The TRATON GROUP brand has just handed over its 20,000th Volksbus vehicle to the program. The bus now offers pupils in the Santa Catarina state a safe and convenient way of getting to state-run educational institutions. The Volksbus vehicles are known in all of South America. Virtually every municipality in Brazil has at least one of those “allies of education” in operation to drive pupils to school. Each bus can seat between 29 and 59 children, depending on the variant. School buses in Brazil have to endure extremely harsh conditions. Outside the cities, roads are often unpaved and full of potholes. This is why Volkswagen school buses are equipped with a reinforced suspension and a forged front axle and can handle even the steepest of gradients. They were designed for extreme conditions and can handle a lot. “We have developed these features based on our extensive experience within the framework of the state-run school bus program,” explains Ricardo Alouche, Vice-President of Sales at VW Trucks and Buses in Brazil. For all their robustness, special lighting and safety doors are still a requirement for school buses in Brazil, as are seat belts. Breathalyzer test and enough seats for all required in France School buses are also subject to special requirements in Europe. French municipalities, for example, invite bids for vehicles that are used exclusively for this purpose. All children must have a seat, with both a breathalyzer test for drivers and a wheelchair lift also required. Despite all that, these vehicles are reserved for transporting pupils. As a result, they cover a considerably smaller distance than is usually the case for buses in Germany. TRATON brand MAN’s main seller in the French market is the Lion’s Intercity coach designed to transport pupils. In Germany, the range of MAN vehicles pupils use to make their way to school is more extensive, since most of them take a normal line-service bus. These buses cover 60,000 kilometers a year—twice as much as the school buses in France. As a result, a range of very different vehicles can be seen driving German children to school: from high-floor buses like the Lion’s Intercity all the way to low-floor buses, for example the new MAN Lion’s City. The vehicles also vary in length—depending on how busy the line in question is and what it requires, since it is only used by pupils at particular times of day. A color that sends a message and maximum safety In the United States, this is impossible to imagine. Pupils in the US only take school buses, whose color sends a clear message. This special color was designed back in 1939 and is easier for the human eye to spot than any other hues. Today, this color has its own official name: National School Bus Glossy Yellow. Additionally, US school buses are equipped with numerous other special features: many states, for example, call for CCTV surveillance for the buses’ exterior and interior. As a general rule, multiple mirrors are required so that the driver can keep an eye on what is going on around the bus. The extended stop-sign arm has also been a typical feature of these buses for decades, folded out at every bus stop as a warning to other vehicles. By contrast, the requirement to wear a seat belt is far from being universally enforced.? Navistar, a strategic partner of the TRATON GROUP, is leading the way in integrated school buses in the US. Navistar’s yellow IC Bus models transport 26 million schoolchildren in the US every single day, from Alaska to Florida. These vehicles are also subject to the minimum dimension requirements for US school buses, which were laid down 80 years ago. Furthermore, different states have their own rules, for instance when it comes to seat belts. This multitude of regulations is another reason why Trish Reed, Vice President and General Manager of IC Bus, believes that “school buses are the safest vehicles on our roads.” Incidentally, as of last year IC Bus is the first manufacturer to also equip its school buses with an electronic stability program (ESP). There is another reason why yellow school buses have their typical enormous overhang: they are built on truck platforms. Their special shape, among other factors, made these vehicles icons in the US a long time ago, with movies and TV series eventually also making them familiar to people all over the world.??]]> press releases Tue, 19 Nov 2019 23:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/stories/school-buses-guarantee-that-pupils-can-get-to-school.html 2019-11-19T23:00:00Z TRATON publishes its “Innovation Stories” http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_13112019.html The new print and online publication gives insights into the world of TRATON <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/innovation/images/header/header-startseite-dracheboot.jpg/jcr:content/header-startseite-dracheboot.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >TRATON publishes its “Innovation Stories” “Innovation Stories,” a new publication from TRATON, shows that innovation is more than just technological products. Successful innovations are brought to life by people who work harmoniously as a team. Everyone contributes in their own way – and all work together toward a common goal. After all, along with its companies MAN, Scania, and Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus, the TRATON GROUP has set itself a clear goal: to create a Global Champion of the commercial vehicle industry. “The TRATON family is still a young group that grew from strong commercial vehicle brands steeped in tradition,” explains Andreas Renschler, CEO of the TRATON GROUP. “We are convinced that better transportation makes a better world and aspire to do just that – day in, day out. Every single employee in our teams matters as we work toward this.” The new publication provides specific insights: how are people working together in a company that is committed to the motto “Transforming Transportation”? How do you unite the interests of three brands from different countries and markets to ultimately create something bigger? And how does the Company actually define the concept of innovation? Complete with modern photo and video formats, the “Innovation Stories” have been integrated as a central element in the corporate website. A limited print edition was also published in time for TRATON Innovation Day, which took place in early October 2019, in S?dert?lje, Sweden. Find the innovation stories online here. Contact: Wolfgang Meisen Head of Media Relations & Corporate Messaging TRATON SE Dachauer Str. 641 80995 Munich, Germany T +49 152 0716 3524 wolfgang.meisen@www.3o1z.net]]> press releases Tue, 12 Nov 2019 23:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_13112019.html 2019-11-12T23:00:00Z 9M 2019: TRATON increases unit sales by 8% to 179,100 vehicles http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_04112019.html TRATON GROUP today presented its results for the first nine months of 2019. <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/03_Newsroom/02_Pressemitteilungen/Pressemitteilung/traton_PM_04112019_Header_eng.jpg/jcr:content/traton_PM_04112019_Header_eng.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >9M 2019: TRATON increases unit sales by 8% to 179,100 vehicles Unit sales up 8% to 179,100 units Sales revenue increases by 6% to €19.8?billion Operating profit up by 34% to €1.5?billion Operating return on sales rises to 7.5% CEO Andreas Renschler: “We confirm our targets for 2019 but are also intensively preparing for a much more difficult environment in 2020.” Munich, November?4, 2019?—?TRATON?GROUP today presented its results for the first nine months of 2019. Unit sales climbed by 8% to 179,100 (prior-year level:?166,300) vehicles, driven by sharp gains in the core markets of Brazil and Europe (especially Germany, France and the United Kingdom). This figure was supported by MAN?TGE unit sales of which more than doubled. Sales revenue rose by 6% to €19.8?(€18.6)?billion. TRATON?GROUP posted operating profit of €1.5?(€1.1)?billion, an increase of 34%. The operating return on sales climbed to 7.5?(5.9)%. On an adjusted basis, operating profit improved by 20% and the operating return on sales by 0.8?percentage?points. The prior-year figure was held back by expenses of €115?million for the restructuring of activities in India. The level of order intakes declined by 6%. The book-to-bill ratio was well below the prior-year level, at 0.95?(1.09). Andreas Renschler, the CEO of TRATON and member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen?AG, said: “Based on the strong development of unit sales and the good performance of the Group, we confirm our targets for 2019. At the same time, we are intensively preparing for a much more difficult environment in 2020.” ? Overview of TRATON?GROUP’s business activity The Industrial?Business segment generated sales revenue of €19.5?(€17.8)?billion and operating profit of €1,377?(€980)?million. The positive earnings development resulted from increased volumes and an improved product mix. Improved efficiency due to the elimination of bottlenecks in the supplier process and the end of parallel production at Scania also had a positive impact. Business was held back by inflation-related cost increases, higher depreciation and amortization, and expenses in connection with production preparations for the new truck and bus generations at MAN?Truck?&?Bus. The Financial?Services segment generated operating profit of €105?(€102)?million and sales revenue of €635?(€573)?million. A larger net portfolio and currency effects positively impacted operating profit, while lower margins and higher operating expenses were offsetting factors. ? Overview of the operating units MAN?Truck?&?Bus generated unit sales of 76,500?(72,000) vehicles, an increase of 6%. Continued sharp growth of the MAN?TGE van series contributed to this performance. Sales revenue rose by 4% to €8.0?(€7.6)?billion. Operating profit was up 6% year on year at €284?(€269)?million, yielding an operating return on sales of 3.6?(3.5)%. The positive effects of the increase in sales revenue were partly offset by an unfavorable product mix and a difficult market environment. Higher expenses for preparing the rollout of the new truck and bus generations also played a role here. The Indian market exit reduced operating profit by €115?million in the prior-year period. Scania?Vehicles?&?Services increased unit sales by 9% to 74,700 (68,600) vehicles. Sales revenue rose by 12% to €10.4?(€9.3)?billion. Operating profit advanced by 36% to €1.2?(€0.9)?billion in the reporting period. The operating return on sales climbed to 11.6?(9.5)%, with the increase in sales revenue, an improved market mix and currency effects positively impacting earnings. The successful rollout of the new Scania truck generation in Latin America and Asia meant that the previous parallel production of old and new series was ended entirely. Volkswagen?Caminh?es?e??nibus increased unit sales by 15% to 31,600 (27,400) vehicles, while sales revenue rose to €1.3?(€1.0)?billion. Volkswagen?Caminh?es?e??nibus generated operating profit of €30?(€18)?million. This figure includes a gain of €13 million from the reversal of restructuring provision. The operating return on sales climbed to 2.2?(1.7)%. The increase in sales revenue was partly offset by currency effects and inflation-related cost increases, such as for the costs of materials, as well as higher depreciation and amortization. ? Significantly less favorable market environment in Europe TRATON?GROUP confirms the targets for 2019, but expects a much more difficult market environment especially in Europe in 2020. The operating units are currently preparing for this. Additional material can be found at: https://ir.www.3o1z.net/websites/traton/English/8900/events.html ? Contact: Julia Kroeber-Riel Head of Group Communications & Governmental Relations T +49 152 58870900 julia.kroeber-riel@www.3o1z.net ? Sebastian Rausch Financial Media Relations T +49 174 9403059???? ?????????????? sebastian.rausch@www.3o1z.net ? TRATON?SE Dachauer Str. 641 80995 Munich ? TRATON?SE is a subsidiary of Volkswagen?AG and a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer worldwide with its brands MAN, Scania, Volkswagen?Caminh?es?e??nibus, and RIO. In 2018, TRATON?GROUP’s brands sold around 233,000?vehicles in total. Its offering comprises light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses at 29?production and assembly sites in 17?countries. The Company had a workforce of around 81,000?employees worldwide across its commercial vehicle brands as of December?31, 2018. The Group seeks to transform the transportation system through its products, its services, and as a partner for its customers.]]> press releases Sun, 03 Nov 2019 23:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_04112019.html 2019-11-03T23:00:00Z TRATON and Hino http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_24102019.html The two companies have established the procurement joint venture “HINO & TRATON Global Procurement GmbH”. <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/03_Newsroom/02_Pressemitteilungen/Pressemitteilung/Logo.JPG/jcr:content/Logo.JPG" hspace="5" align="left" >TRATON and Hino Procurement joint venture “HINO & TRATON Global Procurement GmbH” established as concretion of 2018 Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement Hino President & CEO Yoshio Shimo: “Provide best products to customers through enhanced global optimum procurement capability” TRATON CEO Andreas Renschler: “Determinedly executing the Global Champion Strategy” Munich / Tokyo, October 29, 2019 – Commercial vehicle manufacturers TRATON GROUP and Hino Motors, Ltd. have reached a further milestone in their strategic partnership aiming to offer customers the highest value: The two companies have established the procurement joint venture “HINO & TRATON Global Procurement” in order to maximize the global procurement synergies between the two companies. The joint procurement targets a wide range of parts and technologies whose purchasing contracts are made by the two companies. ?Through this partnership, HINO and TRATON anticipate an increased global footprint, in particular in Europe and Asia, resulting in an expanded supplier base. Yoshio Shimo, President & CEO of Hino Motors, Ltd.: “The joint venture is a key milestone of our strategic partnership. It enables HINO to offer products that meet customers` needs faster and appropriately priced.? We are also in talks with TRATON about additional areas of collaboration announced in September 2018, which also aims to join forces in the area of electric mobility.“ Andreas Renschler, CEO of TRATON SE and Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG: “The partnership with Hino is important for our Global Champion Strategy which we continue to determinedly execute. Our customers are going to benefit from an even larger basis of suppliers.” TRATON holds a 51% stake and Hino 49%, and the joint venture will have offices both in Munich and Tokyo. Back in 2018 Hino Motors, Ltd. and TRATON signed an agreement, aiming for a mutually beneficial strategic long-term partnership on eye-level. Based on their shared value to "offer customers the highest value", both companies agreed to explore each other's capabilities to cooperate in existing and new technologies as well as in procurement. Contact: Hiroshi Hashimoto Senior General Manager Public Affairs Division Hino Motors, Ltd. Tel: +81 42 586 4967 hiroshi.hashimoto@hino.co.jp Sebastian Rausch Financial Media Relations TRATON SE Dachauer Str. 641 80995 Munich T +49? 174? 94 03 059 sebastian.rausch@www.3o1z.net ? Hino Motors, Ltd. is a Toyota Group company selling over 200,000 trucks and buses in more than 90 countries in 2018. Number of employees totals 34,000 globally, and produces vehicles in over 20 countries including the 4 major plants in Japan. Hino slogan is “Trucks and buses that do more”. To put “Trucks and buses that do more” into practice, Hino will provide “appropriate products with safety and environment technologies”, “ultimately customized total support for customers”, and “challenge new fields”. TRATON?SE is a subsidiary of Volkswagen?AG and a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer worldwide with its brands MAN, Scania, Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus, and RIO. In 2018, TRATON GROUP’s brands sold around 233,000 vehicles in total. Its offering comprises light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses which are produced at 31 sites in 17 countries. The Company had a workforce of around 85,000 worldwide across its commercial vehicle brands as of December 31, 2018. The Group seeks to transform the transportation system through its products, its services, and as a partner for its customers. HINO & TRATON Global Procurement GmbH has been established as concretion of a 2018 Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement between?the truck manufacturing companies?HINO and TRATON. The creation of the joint venture company has been approved in the course of merger control procedures by antitrust authorities worldwide. As its parent companies remain competitors in areas different from procurement, HINO & TRATON Global Procurement GmbH and its parent companies implemented the Competition Law Guidelines to permanently ensure compliance with all applicable antitrust laws.]]> press releases Mon, 28 Oct 2019 23:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_24102019.html 2019-10-28T23:00:00Z No one can do it alone http://www.3o1z.net/en/innovation/innovation-stories/no-one-can-do-it-alone.html Innovating together with their customers: three brands, three people, three requirements. <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/innovation/images/teaser/Teaser_C/Teaser_C_500x667_Alleine-kann-keiner.jpg/jcr:content/Teaser_C_500x667_Alleine-kann-keiner.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >No one can do it alone New ideas for tomorrow’s transportation come alive when they provide a benefit for logistics companies or company logistics departments. That is why the TRATON GROUP brands are working closely with their customers. The latter’s needs are as diverse as the markets in which they operate. Three snapshots from three markets are presented here.]]> press releases Wed, 16 Oct 2019 22:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/innovation/innovation-stories/no-one-can-do-it-alone.html 2019-10-16T22:00:00Z “No one drives an electric truck just because it looks good!” http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/stories/mobility-researcher.html A scenario for the future of the transportation <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/03_Newsroom/01_News/Zukunftsforscher/Germany_tunnel_road.jpg/jcr:content/Germany_tunnel_road.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >“No one drives an electric truck just because it looks good!” Starting Point to part I to part II to part III 8:30 in the morning—an early start in one of the offices in the Berlin government district. A meeting of two experts from industry and academia: Dr. Atif Askar, TRATON Head of Business Development, Strategy and M&A, and mobility researcher Dr. Weert Canzler. They talk about the transportation and logistics of the future, with a focus on alternative drives, automation, and digitalization. These issues will change and shape the transportation and logistics of the future for the long haul, therefore determining a company’s future success. Read on to find out more. Prologue—the starting point We’ve traveled in time—the year is 2030 and, once again, it’s 8:30 in the morning. We are, however, no longer in Berlin. Instead, we find ourselves 300 kilometers further west, in the Port of Hamburg. A number of containers have just arrived in a shipment and are being unloaded. The retailer, Leopold A., is already waiting for these goods in the south of Germany—in the center of Munich, to be precise. Leopold also owns several warehouses in various locations in the surrounding area of Munich, all of which are also meant to have their stock delivered. The means of transportation? A truck. It now has to drive the 800 kilometers to Munich with a maximum of 12 hours to spare. Leopold A. will basically get live updates on the status of his shipment. Part 1: Sustainability—how will the truck drive and what will it be powered by? Atif Askar: If you look at this scenario, you can see the three main questions with regard to future transportation by road: firstly, how will the vehicle drive and what will it be powered by? Secondly, is the long-haul truck highly or fully automated? Or maybe even autonomous? Thirdly, how is the truck networked? Weert Canzler: Going back to the first question: electrification is something that has to happen—to decarbonize the industry and therefore protect the climate. In other words, it’s very likely that we will see trucks powered by alternative drives on our highways as soon as in 2030. Political factors within the industry also come into play here. Atif Askar: Good point. The European Union agreed on a CO2 regulation for trucks weighing over 16 tons at the start of 2019, laying down the guidelines. The switch to alternative drives also depends on other factors, such as the availability of refueling and charging infrastructure. Weert Canzler: As we know, the Volkswagen Group is committed to systematic electrification. In my opinion, this is something that has to be even more protected, politically speaking. If companies know what the infrastructure will look like in 2030, they have more certainty when planning their research and development projects. What we need are clear instructions—while still leaving a bit of room to be open to technology. Atif Askar: What do you mean by “open to technology”? Weert Canzler: When I talk about being open to technology, I’m talking about electrification and being open to both battery electric vehicles (abbreviated to BEVs) and trucks powered by fuel cells based on hydrogen technology. Atif Askar: There’s currently a lot of public debate around which of these two technologies is the right solution. Do you consider e-fuels (or synthetic fuels) to be another feasible alternative? Weert Canzler: E-fuels are not likely to play a major part in long-haul transportation by road. Instead, these are needed to decarbonize the aviation industry. With this in mind, the main question is what will come out on top: BEVs or vehicles powered by fuel cells? Atif Askar: And out of these two concepts—what would you lean toward? Will the truck speeding down the highway in our scenario in 2030 be powered by battery electric drives or fuel cells? Weert Canzler: My guess is that the fuel cell will come out on top. Even though refueling the vehicle is a challenge, hydrogen is considerably higher in energy than any type of battery technology. Atif Askar: That’s true. But there are also solid arguments in favor of BEVs: battery costs have become increasingly lower over the last few years, with battery electric vehicles also having a better energy footprint. This is where fuel cells are at a significant disadvantage: for every kilowatt-hour you need to charge them, you get 0.2 kilowatt-hours in return. That number is 0.8 in the case of batteries. Weert Canzler: Having said that, we would basically have energy plants at our front door in the Port of Hamburg. This would mean that the hydrogen electrolysis could be performed fairly easily using surplus wind energy—making the energy footprint argument redundant. Atif Askar: That would be the sort of situation where energy is basically free. But what do you do later, when you’re driving back from Munich, where there isn’t as much surplus energy from wind power? Or why can’t you take the available energy and feed it into the grid for charging a battery electric truck? Weert Canzler: That would also be conceivable in our thought experiment. As soon as there is enough surplus energy or if hydrogen is already available, fuel cells have a fighting chance. Atif Askar: That’s how I see it as well. Hydrogen will come into its own in the case of trucks transporting heavy freight on long routes and, if possible, driving autonomously. This shows that, as is often the case in our industry, there is not just ONE answer. The best answer varies depending on the area of application—and is contingent upon infrastructure and aspects like markets, product innovation, and customer needs. Weert Canzler: What influences a customer’s decision to make a purchase? Atif Askar: In this scenario, our customer is the shipping company that owns the truck, not Leopold A. The truth of the matter is that the shipping company expects to make a profit. No one drives an electric truck just because it looks good. A decision to purchase a vehicle comes down to numbers. Government incentives are also needed in this respect. Weert Canzler: … as well as products that are efficient and zero-emission at the same time. Never before in the history of technology has such a key part in product development been played by decarbonization—with the latter having a direct impact on the company’s success. It’s also fairly clear that in order for electrification to succeed, we need a change in the mindset of all players in the transportation and logistics sector. Part 2: Automated driving—a truck driving on long routes: automation or autonomy? Atif Askar: Let us now turn to another issue of the future: automation. Do you think that Europe is quick enough to create the legal framework required for automated driving? Weert Canzler: It’s not looking like it at the moment. This is due to Europe’s innovation culture, which is different from that in the US, for example. The first thing Europeans tend to do is anticipate all risks—in other words, what could go wrong. This does, of course, offer the advantage of certain mistakes not being made. The downside is that processes simply take too long. Atif Askar: However, as a company, we have to keep up with our international competitors. If we want to see a fully automatic or even autonomous truck drive to Munich in a not-too-distant future, we have to test-drive it for millions of kilometers beforehand. Having said that, there is only so much we can test on private property. The enormous investments are only worthwhile if we can find a way to apply the technology on a broader scale. Weert Canzler: This will give rise to legal debates with policymakers. Approval procedures for driving on public roads are particularly complicated, which is why we urgently need an escape clause. Atif Askar: What are the possibilities in the field of autonomous driving? Look at Australia, for example—where Scania is already deploying a fully autonomous vehicle in a mine. It picks up its freight and travels along a standardized route. Surely that would also be feasible for the 2030 scenario. It’s already possible to have Leopold A.’s freight brought off the container ship to the truck waiting to take it further, completely autonomously. Weert Canzler: Yes, this may well be possible for this area of application—also because things are easier on private property from a legal standpoint. However, fully autonomous vehicles are unlikely to become reality on public roads by 2030—it will take considerably longer than that. The complexity, especially in urban areas, is simply enormous. Platooning, or vehicles driving on highways in a convoy, is a different story. Atif Askar: We consider platooning to be a development step on the journey toward autonomous driving. It could be possible for the truck to take a separate lane to Munich in 2030. This would also make life easier from a legal point of view. Once you have minimized the risk or there is no more mixed traffic, the scenario stops being a pipe dream. Weert Canzler: What role does the driver play in the future scenario? Atif Askar: A really key one. One thing is already becoming clear: being a truck driver is losing its appeal. There is already a massive shortage of drivers in Europe. Give it 15 to 20 years, and we might not be able to transport certain goods any longer because the drivers are not there. Automated driving or platooning take the pressure off the drivers and may help to make this profession more desirable again. Weert Canzler: Now, we have spoken a lot about highway transportation. But what happens once the truck approaches the inner-city area? Automation aside, my guess is that it won’t be so easy to just drive a large vehicle into the city center. Atif Askar: Having said that, new drive technologies such as electric trucks do also open up new possibilities. They produce no emissions locally and, most importantly, they are quiet. That way, supermarkets in residential areas can also be restocked at night—without disturbing the residents’ sleep. Weert Canzler: That would be a noticeable improvement on the current situation. However, it’s already apparent that public space is becoming more and more important for people living in European cities. It’s being taken back and redistributed—to create parking lots, playgrounds, or cycle lanes. And this trend is set to continue. Atif Askar: Taking back the urban space, as you describe it, is an exciting development. Our scenario raises the question of how Leopold A.’s goods can be transported to their destination. This is where so-called hubs could come in, for instance those on the outskirts. Weert Canzler: The trend is moving toward smaller units and decentralized usage, especially in urban areas that are also residential. Leopold A.’s goods are transported on the highway to the hubs, where they are reloaded. The fine distribution would take place using other vehicles, say a small truck or a delivery bike, depending on the distance—both of them electric, of course. Atif Askar: Needless to say, we also discuss the issue of last-mile distribution. The main question is what happens once the goods arrive at a hub: are they split between three smaller vehicles or is one large vehicle used instead? Weert Canzler: We should be prepared for different scenarios, all of which also involve restructuring the transportation chain. It is becoming increasingly more important to think holistically. Part 3: Connectivity—how is the truck digitally connected? Atif Askar: And digitalization is the fundamental component of a holistic solution. The potential of digitalization is underestimated compared with that of electrification and automation. Weert Canzler: Indeed, an end-to-end approach allows us to leverage a great deal of efficiency along the entire digital value creation chain. Atif Askar: This is exactly what we are working on. What do we have at the moment? Lots of trucks making empty runs or driving only partially loaded—simply because shipping companies do not have the information to be able to drive more efficiently, for instance to where additional cargo is waiting. Having said that, we’re already in a position to make transportation processes more sustainable by collecting and processing information digitally. Weert Canzler: You make a good point—namely that efficiency and sustainability go hand in hand. Having fewer trucks on the roads because they are utilized better, goods being transported more efficiently—all of this creates a huge impact. Atif Askar: Digital platforms and systems provide basic information such as vehicle data and make recommendations for action possible. This can be used to considerably improve the transportation process or truck availability with the help of targeted recommendations on whether a truck requires maintenance. It is something we have to work on harder if we want to actually see the truck in our 2030 scenario completely networked, and therefore more efficient. Leopold A. could use the app to track his goods. The shipping company, the truck driver—they can also keep an eye on all the data. Weert Canzler: Like I said, a company’s success will come down to whether it is able to offer comprehensive solutions to its customers. This means that companies will no longer be able to go it alone in many areas. Atif Askar: Expanding the value creation chain in this respect is a step in the right direction. These days, customers buying a truck are also buying an all-inclusive, no-worry package and after-sales service—if they want to. In the future, this could also include a charging solution or the total electricity used over the life cycle of electric vehicles. For passenger cars, this is the eBox in the garage. Trucks or buses would have a slightly bigger box—basically a charging solution in the depot. Weert Canzler: That could be part of the overall package being offered to the customers. Electricity—charging stations, and so on and so forth … All of them networked. It’s an interesting approach. Atif Askar: Partnerships are vital in this respect. If we believe that we can do everything on our own, we run the risk of becoming too expensive or slow. This is something we have to bear in mind in all digitalization, electrification, and automation endeavors. Epilogue What do these answers mean for the 2030 scenario? Above all, they make it clear that there are various scenarios, not just one solution. One of those is the following: in 2030, Leopold A.’s goods are unloaded from the ship in the Port of Hamburg before being transported by a fully autonomous vehicle to the truck, where they are reloaded. After this, the battery electric truck, either fully automatic or even autonomous, carries the goods by road to a hub on the outskirts of Munich. Electric distribution trucks are then used for the fine distribution of the goods to our retailer. Naturally, all vehicles within the supply chain in 2030 are networked. Leopold A. always knows where his goods are, and the operator has the option to access all vehicle data at any time. Leopold A. is happy, and so is the shipping company. That would be one way to come up with a transportation chain that takes sustainability, connectivity, and automated driving into account. What does the future hold for transportation? One thing is certain: TRATON will play a part in shaping that future. Transforming Transportation. “As mobility researchers, we operate closer to the ground than, say, future researchers—in other words, we pay more attention to the technical details,” explains Dr. Weert Canzler (59). Canzler, who has a PhD in social sciences, is a mobility researcher at the WZB Berlin Social Services Center. He is the author of numerous scientific publications. “As an industrial player, our aim must be to use innovation to improve sustainability—both sustainability in the environmental sense of the word and the sustainability of our customers’ business with the help of efficient transportation solutions,” says Atif Askar (42). Askar has a PhD in economics and has been with the TRATON GROUP since 2014, responsible for the Business Development, Strategy and M&A functions.]]> press releases Wed, 09 Oct 2019 22:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/stories/mobility-researcher.html 2019-10-09T22:00:00Z TRATON CEO Renschler: “In the next ten to 15 years every third of our trucks and buses can have an alternative drivetrain, most of them fully electric” http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_02102019_2.html The TRATON brands have committed themselves to an electro mobility offensive <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/03_Newsroom/02_Pressemitteilungen/Pressemitteilung/19051-001.jpg/jcr:content/19051-001.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >TRATON CEO Renschler: “In the next ten to 15 years every third of our trucks and buses can have an alternative drivetrain, most of them fully electric” TRATON GROUP aims to become the leading provider of battery-powered commercial vehicles? More than € 1 billion in R&D expenditures on electro mobility by 2025? MAN, Scania, and Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus developing a common electric powertrain? Electric distribution service trucks to be competitive in the mid-term? European master plan for charging infrastructures needed? ? S?dert?lje/Munich, October 2, 2019 — The TRATON brands MAN, Scania, and Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus have committed themselves to an electro mobility offensive aimed at creating a complementing solution to the combustion engine. “Our goal is to become the leading provider of e-trucks and e-buses,” said Andreas Renschler, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG and CEO of TRATON SE at the Group’s Innovation Day in S?dert?lje, Sweden. This is why an increasing share of the R&D budget is flowing into this technology and common brand platforms. “By 2025, we plan to have spent a total of more than €1 billion in electro mobility,” Renschler said.? However, increased market penetration by electro mobility is being highly dependent on charging infrastructure and the costs of purchasing and operating a battery-powered vehicle — the decisive factor for forwarding companies. “But our customers’ interest in e-mobility is clearly growing,” said Andreas Renschler. “In the mid-term, we expect that the total cost of ownership (TCO) of battery-powered commercial trucks used in distribution services and city buses will be comparable with vehicles powered by fossil fuels.” The reason: Battery cells will become less expensive, and their service life will grow. Furthermore, he said, “If all necessary prerequisites are in place at the right time, I expect for our Group, that in the next ten to 15 years every third of our trucks and buses can have an alternative drivetrain, most of them fully electric.” And: “One of the prerequisites is that the infrastructure for alternative fuels and electricity must be fully available to guarantee seamless operation!”? One big strength of the TRATON GROUP is its ability to spread development costs across the three brands. “In the Group, we are developing a common modular electric powertrain toolkit, that will be used in 2020 in the first serial produced all-electric city buses made by Scania and MAN,” said Christian Levin, the Chief Operating Officer and Head of R&D at TRATON SE. “It can be individually modified depending on the brand and area of use. As a result, a maximum number of individual solutions can be produced with a minimum number of components and costs.” For the first time, TRATON has also introduced a cross-brand development budget for electro mobility and brought together teams from all over the Group. They are working on the next generation of e-drive systems, a software for battery management, and the compatible frame structure. TRATON’s brands already hold more than 1,000 electro mobility patents — and, thus, some 25% more than in 2018.? The activities of the brands in the TRATON GROUP are clearly aligned: Scania is the innovation leader for sustainable transport solutions, working on many different non-fossil alternatives. As a full range business partner, MAN pursues a broader strategy ranging from light to heavy commercial vehicles. And VWCO's approach is to offer tailor-made solutions with the best value for money ratio, especially for markets in Latin America and Africa.? Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus (VWCO) has signed the world’s largest purchase intention agreement for e-trucks — 1,600 trucks have been ordered by the Brazilian beer and beverage producer Ambev. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2020 — and it was available for test drives for the first time in Europe at the Innovation Day. In order to speed up the introduction of e-vehicles in Brazil, VWCO has just announced the formation of an e-Consortium at its Brazilian R&D and production complex. This is the first time that a vehicle manufacturer has established a complete support structure for its electric trucks, from manufacturing to setting up the charging infrastructure and managing the life cycle of the battery pack, leveraging the commitment of the company’s fully integrated supply chain.? Later in 2019, Scania plans to put a bus in operation which will electrically and autonomously transport passengers for Nobina in the Stockholm metropolitan area. Together with Asko, Norway’s largest food wholesaler, Scania is testing fuel-cell trucks with an electric powertrain in which the electrical energy is converted from hydrogen gas from renewable resources in fuel cells on board the vehicles. Later on, Asko will be testing a Scania battery-electric truck. E-trucks made by MAN with a total weight of 26 tons are currently being tested by customers in Austria; an extended production of the eTGM for further customer tests is scheduled to start this year. And sales of the new electric MAN van eTGE have taken off since it was introduced into the market: More than 150 of them have been sold in the past 12 months.? In addition to highly efficient diesel drive systems, alternative drives and fuels like biofuels, ethanol or the gas technologies LNG and CNG as well as hybrid and plug-in hybrid solutions are playing a major role in efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. The three brands have a long tradition and excellent market positions in?the area of alternative drives, with MAN, for instance, as the leading supplier for gas-powered city buses in Europe. Today, Scania has the broadest range of alternative fuel-enabled vehicles on the market, ranging from bioethanol trucks and buses to vehicles using liquefied biogas. However, TRATON projects that demand for electric vehicles will continue to rise over medium and long term because electric vehicles will become more affordable and cost less to maintain. In the process, they will be able to take full advantage of their edge in energy costs.? “We have the products for today and tomorrow. We are in the starting blocks,” Renschler said. The executive urged political leaders to initiate in their respective countries “an incentive program for electric commercial vehicles and a European master plan for charging infrastructures” that would ease customers’ transition to electro mobility.? Contact:? J?rn Roggenbuck? Business Media Relations? TRATON SE? Dachauer Str. 641? 80995 Munich, Germany? T +49 172 626 9875? joern.roggenbuck@www.3o1z.net? ? TRATON SE is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer worldwide with its brands MAN, Scania, Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus, and RIO. In 2018, TRATON GROUP’s brands sold around 233,000 vehicles in total. Its offering comprises light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses which are produced at 29 sites in 17 countries. The Company had a workforce of around 85,000 employees worldwide across its commercial vehicle brands as of December 31, 2018. The Group seeks to transform the transportation system through its products, its services, and as a partner for its customers.?]]> press releases Tue, 01 Oct 2019 22:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_02102019_2.html 2019-10-01T22:00:00Z Becoming a Global Champion through creation, courage, and collaboration http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_02102019_0.html The TRATON GROUP showcased a broad range of innovations <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/03_Newsroom/02_Pressemitteilungen/Pressemitteilung/TRATON_3trucks_2020_50_teaser.jpg/jcr:content/TRATON_3trucks_2020_50_teaser.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >Becoming a Global Champion through creation, courage, and collaboration Well-attended Innovation Day at Scania’s headquarters in S?dert?lje, Sweden? Clear commitment and ambitious targets for e-mobility in the commercial vehicle segment? TRATON CEO Andreas Renschler: “Innovation is a state of mind, always striving to be better – for the benefit of our customers”? TRATON COO Christian Levin: “In our pursuit of becoming a Global Champion, we incorporate the best from our Group and offer tailored solutions to every brand.”? MAN, Scania, and Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus showcase innovative solutions for e-mobility, autonomous driving, and connected systems? World premiere of autonomous concept vehicle: Scania’s AXL unveiled? ? S?dert?lje, October 2, 2019 — At its Innovation Day in Sweden, the TRATON GROUP showcased a broad range of innovations, from new commercial vehicles to new ways of working together. “Innovation,” says CEO Andreas Renschler, “is a state of mind. Innovation means always striving to be better — to offer our customers and their customers added value.”? In his speech, Renschler touched on the multifaceted challenges the commercial vehicle industry faces, including in particular the significant transformation towards alternative drive systems and systems with reduced CO? emissions as well as the considerable fast pace at which consumerism and logistics is changing. Renschler: “When we started this journey four years ago, attempts at e-mobility in commercial vehicles were brushed aside as experiments. Today, we are already taking orders for electrically powered trucks and buses and are confident that over the next 10 to 15 years, every third truck and bus we deliver will have alternative drive systems, of which the majority will be purely electric.” But to do that, the appropriate infrastructure is needed, and really on an international scale. [see press release on e-mobility]? Harnessing synergies between the three brands MAN, Scania, and Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus collaboratively is key to TRATON’s success. A great deal has been accomplished in just the four years since the Group was established. “Sales and earnings have increased year after year. As of this year, we have been listed on the Frankfurt and Stockholm stock exchanges. And even though we are presented?with challenges in the markets, and our industry is highly cyclical, our results so far speak for themselves,” says Renschler.? In his keynote speech, TRATON COO Christian Levin spoke about leveraging the best from the three commercial vehicle brands for the Group. Responsible for research and development, purchasing, strategic product planning, the management of strategic alliances, and the strategic production network, Levin is a driving force of synergies at TRATON: “Group-wide coordinated research and development empowers us to achieve our mission of becoming a Global Champion. A common modular toolbox across all brands allows us to respond even faster, better, and more efficiently to customer needs,” says Levin, who leads the TRATON GROUP’s global operating activities with his team located in Sweden. Levin also emphasized the key role realizing the potential of digital systems plays in this effort. “The proportion of electronics and software experts in our development departments is rising considerably. We intend to invest over a billion euros in digitalization over the next five years.”? Within the TRATON GROUP, the brands’ activities are clearly positioned: Scania is the innovation leader of sustainable transportation solutions and is working on many different alternatives to fossil fuels. As a full-range business partner, MAN is pursuing a broad strategy, offering products from light commercial vehicles to heavy-duty trucks. And VWCO specializes in offering tailored solutions with the best value for money, primarily for the Latin American and African markets.? For TRATON, as was made clear at the Innovation Day, innovation is not just about technical products, but is also more broadly defined as a state of mind. Three key drivers have been identified for innovation: Modularization of components and products, Software and Systems as the byword for networking traditional and new technologies as well as business models, and People and Collaboration to serve as the foundation for collaboration across borders and brands. There was a session dedicated to each of these drivers of innovation, where the three CEOs of the TRATON brands presented successful examples of the collaborative work in the Group. Joachim Drees (MAN) spoke about Modularization, Henrik Henriksson (Scania) about Software and Systems, and Roberto Cortes (Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus), about People and Collaboration.? Modularization:? A few months prior to the launch of the new MAN truck generation, Joachim Drees, CEO of the Munich brand MAN Truck & Bus, explained the role modularization has played in the development of MAN vehicles in the past. With the right design and a clever combination of a few parts, better variants are possible — and along with that a more tailored configuration for specific customer requirements. Drees also spoke about other examples in the TRATON GROUP and described, together with Niklas Bruce, TRATON expert for modularization, the newly developed modular toolbox, called Byggladan in Swedish, which covers the powertrain to the vehicle frame for the vehicles in the Group — inspired by the Swedish?brand Scania’s modular toolbox model. However, even with modularization, the three brands will retain their clearly defined positioning.? Helmut Schweighofer, CEO of the logistics group DB Schenker Europe, as session guest, emphasized how important it is for him and his customers to be able to meet the high demands placed on the truck fleets; he also underscored the added value of a customized configuration using modularization concepts offered by manufacturers. MAN CEO Drees: “With our new configurator, it will be easier and quicker than ever to put together the vehicle of your choice based on customer requirements.”? Software and Systems:? Scania CEO Henrik Henriksson described the far-reaching impact of digitalization and networked systems on the transport industry. The heart of a modern commercial vehicle is digital. Control systems, services, and interconnecting vehicles and services enable the development of new innovative solutions that increase efficiency for customers. “Already about a third of our engineers are software developers,” Henriksson pointed out. He then proudly demonstrated Scania’s new concept vehicle — an autonomous vehicle for use in mines — for the first time. Henriksson, together with Daniel Mohlin from the Swedish transport service provider Nobina from the Stockholm region, also presented the collaborative solution of an autonomous shuttle service in the area around Stockholm.? People and Collaboration:? Roberto Cortes stressed the fact that it’s not enough to have the brightest minds in the industry under one’s roof: “It is more important how well people collaborate,” emphasized the CEO of the Brazilian truck brand Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus. Collaboration at TRATON is a success factor at all levels: with customers, external partners, as well as within the TRATON GROUP. The CEO of the South American brand highlighted in particular the modular consortium at the plant in Brazil, where integrated production of commercial vehicles is operated jointly with partners and suppliers. The model is now being extended to the production of electric vehicles for the first time. Sofia Vahlne, Head of Labor Affairs responsible for pluralism and inclusion at Scania, presented everyday examples of a modern and integrated way of working in the company — and the added value for customers that arises when instead of hierarchical decision-making, people with the most complementary skills are united.? TRATON partner companies and several areas of the Group presented their expertise in e-mobility, automation, digital services, and new business models at a special exhibit called the Innovation Expo and were available to engage in dialog and answer questions from journalists. Some of the exhibitors included Ahola Transport, AKOA, Enersize, and sennder. [See “overview of Innovation Expo exhibitors”]? Additional material and this press release on the Innovation Day can be found at:??https://innovationday.www.3o1z.net? Contact:?? Wolfgang Meisen? Head of Media Relations & Corporate Messaging? TRATON SE? Dachauer Str. 641? 80995 Munich, Germany? T +49 152 0716 3524? wolfgang.meisen@www.3o1z.net? ? TRATON SE is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer worldwide with its brands MAN, Scania, Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus, and RIO. In 2018, TRATON GROUP’s brands sold around 233,000 vehicles in total. Its offering comprises light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses which are produced at 29 sites in 17 countries. The Company had a workforce of around 85,000 employees worldwide across its commercial vehicle brands as of December 31, 2018. The Group seeks to transform the transportation system through its products, its services, and as a partner for its customers.??]]> press releases Tue, 01 Oct 2019 22:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_02102019_0.html 2019-10-01T22:00:00Z TRATON GROUP plans R&D expenditures of more than €1 billion within the next five years http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_02102019_1.html The TRATON GROUP is making strides with networked vehicles, logistics, and autonomous driving <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/03_Newsroom/02_Pressemitteilungen/Pressemitteilung/Digitalization.jpg/jcr:content/Digitalization.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >TRATON GROUP plans R&D expenditures of more than €1 billion within the next five years TRATON CEO Renschler: “We want to move into the digital fast lane”? The aim: Significantly more than a million networked trucks on the road by 2025? TRATON brands developing a common platform for autonomous driving? World premiere: Scania’s autonomous concept truck without a driver’s cab deployed for the first time? MAN CEO Drees announces the most digitized MAN truck ever? Digital brand RIO intends to digitize Volkswagen Group Logistics? ? S?dert?lje/Munich, October 2, 2019 — The TRATON GROUP is making strides with networked vehicles, logistics, and autonomous driving. Towards this effort, the MAN, Scania, and Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus (VWCO) brands are developing common platforms to be more agile and to reduce costs. TRATON’s research and development (R&D) is therefore focused on digitalization: By the end of 2024, more than €1 billion in R&D expenditure is to flow into this area. At the TRATON Innovation Day, Andreas Renschler, TRATON CEO and member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, said: “We want to move into the digital fast lane and are continuing to evolve from a hardware supplier to a provider of software and services.” This is also evident from the almost 2,000 software engineers that already work for the brands today - making up nearly 30% of all engineers employed at TRATON GROUP.? Common platform for autonomous driving? The Group is already working on a common platform for autonomous driving and has a number of vehicles being tested or in real use. TRATON will also be examining possibilities to fully leverage the vast knowledge within the VW Group and its partners. Christian Levin, TRATON board member responsible for R&D and Chief Operating Officer said: “Autonomous driving is not coming. It’s already here! We have already delivered the first vehicles and many tests are underway.”? A real application of the new autonomous Scania concept vehicle “AXL” without a driver’s cab was showcased to a global audience at the Innovation Day. Since 2018, an autonomous Scania truck has been utilized in a Rio Tinto mine in Australia. Later in 2019, Scania plans to put a bus in operation which will electrically and autonomously transport passengers for Nobina in the Stockholm metropolitan area. And?in a few months, MAN kicks off large-scale practical testing together with the port of Hamburg where trucks will drive on the highway in some sections highly automated to the port. On arrival, the driver gets out of the vehicle, and the truck continues to drive autonomously to the Altenwerder container terminal; it is then autonomously unloaded and drives back to the driver on its own. MAN is currently simulating the port environment and testing the vehicle at its plant site in Munich.? The aim: Significantly more than a million networked trucks in 2025? The number of networked vehicles of TRATON GROUP’s customers is now also growing rapidly. While at the end of 2018, there were around 450,000 vehicles networked the number increased to some 600.000 in 2019. By the end of 2025, that number is expected to be more than a million vehicles. Since the beginning of 2019, nearly every new medium and heavy-duty truck delivered by Scania and MAN is connected in one way or another. VWCO will also equip its vehicles from October on with the relevant Group connectivity solution as a standard. Digitalization and connected vehicles bolster the TRATON brands’ service business, leading to new offerings and business models as well as continuous improvement ideas for the vehicles. Customers can reduce costs as well as more efficiently manage and better utilize their vehicles and fleets. The many customer benefits include improved uptime, reduced maintenance costs, lower fuel consumption, and better route planning – this also benefits the environment. The brands develop the tailored solutions in close cooperation with customers.? According to consultancy company Deloitte, the telematics market alone will expand from €2.3 billion in 2016 to nearly €10 billion in 2026. Currently, trucks in Europe — depending on the estimate — only operate on average at around 50% to 60% capacity utilization. Intelligent digital solutions could help to considerably reduce the number of empty runs or vehicles that are underutilized — and thus also CO2 emissions. “Digitalization can significantly contribute to climate protection,” says Renschler.? New MAN truck sets standards for usability and connectivity? Model cycles in the truck business are different from the ones in the car industry – a completely new truck generation is developed only every 15 to 20 years. “At the beginning of 2020, we will roll out our new truck generation,” announced Joachim Drees, MAN CEO and member of the TRATON Executive Board. It will replace the current and enormously successful product line that has been sold over millions of times in countless variants since its introduction in 2000. MAN’s new flagship is designed to sets standards in terms of user-friendliness as well as connectivity – not only today’s requirements for digitalization, automation, and drive systems concepts, but also tomorrow’s. “This new truck generation has been developed based on concrete requirements of our customers in order to make their work and the work of the drivers easier, more efficient, and more comfortable. It is not just a new truck but rather an integrated transport solution. The vehicle will impress both transport companies and the drivers,” emphasized Drees.? RIO develops digital backbone for Volkswagen Group Logistics? MAN and Scania recognized early on the opportunities of digitalization not only for vehicles but also for logistics. Since 2016, they have invested double-digit-million-euro figures in software firms including the digital freight forwarder Sennder. And in 2016, TRATON established its own digital brand RIO. The company develops digital services for the entire logistics ecosystem and now connects more than 115,000 trucks over its open, cloud-based platform. Whereas previously the company’s offering was primarily aimed at small fleets and delivery companies, RIO now opens up a completely new customer segment — a milestone for the TRATON subsidiary. It is intended that RIO will be supporting Group Logistics of the Volkswagen Group in digitalizing their processes. The collaboration aims to make significant savings with more transparent and efficient processes.? Volkswagen Group Logistics GmbH & Co. OHG is one of the logistics companies in Germany with the highest turnover. In Europe alone, it coordinates a daily average of 18,000 truck transports in an extensive network of suppliers, production sites, sales markets and dealers. Group Logistics is managing a constantly increasing flow of materials and goods together with 13 Group brands and requires an efficient and future-proof IT solution to meet this challenge. Thomas Zernechel, Head of Volkswagen Group Logistics: “There is a huge amount of complexity involved in our business. The intended cooperation with RIO will allow us to push ahead with digitalization in the transport sector and gain more transparency. This will enable us to optimally control and continue to finely tune our business to perfection. Optimizing utilization by further reducing empty runs and idle times will also help us to achieve our climate protection goals.” More than 150 forwarders work with the Volkswagen Group. In the future, each truck in this network is to be registered in the same digital environment.? Contact:? J?rn Roggenbuck?? Business Media Relations?? TRATON SE? Dachauer Str. 641? 80995 Munich, Germany?? T +49 172 626 9875? joern.roggenbuck@www.3o1z.net? ? TRATON SE is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer worldwide with its brands MAN, Scania, Volkswagen Caminh?es e ?nibus, and RIO. In 2018, TRATON GROUP’s brands sold around 233,000 vehicles in total. Its offering comprises light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses which are produced at 29 sites in 17 countries. The Company had a workforce of around 85,000 employees worldwide across its commercial vehicle brands as of December 31, 2018. The Group seeks to transform the transportation system through its products, its services, and as a partner for its customers.??]]> press releases Tue, 01 Oct 2019 22:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/newsroom/press_releases/press_release_02102019_1.html 2019-10-01T22:00:00Z “No one can stop a team.” http://www.3o1z.net/en/innovation/innovation-stories/no-one-can-stop-a-team.html A conversation with TRATON GROUP CEO Andreas Renschler and COO Christian Levin. <![CDATA[<img src="http://www.3o1z.net/.imaging/mte/tab-theme/standardLandscape-XS/dam/innovation/images/teaser/Teaser_A/01_Teaser_A_715x715_Niemand-kann-ein-Team-stoppen.jpg/jcr:content/01_Teaser_A_715x715_Niemand-kann-ein-Team-stoppen.jpg" hspace="5" align="left" >“No one can stop a team.” The collaboration between TRATON GROUP brands as well as in global alliances doesn’t just enable us to amortize development costs more quickly, it also means we can succeed as a team. An interview with CEO Andreas Renschler and Christian Levin, Chief Operating Officer responsible for implementing the strategy in Research and Development, Purchasing, Product Planning, Alliance Management, and Production Network.]]> press releases Tue, 01 Oct 2019 22:00:00 GMT http://www.3o1z.net/en/innovation/innovation-stories/no-one-can-stop-a-team.html 2019-10-01T22:00:00Z 亚洲狠狠爱综合影院