As evidenced by the crippling effect the Manila truck ban had on local businesses, we know trucks are a key component to the state of our national economy. We only wish that businesses invested more in good machinery, so that we motorists could be spared from the dilapidated, smoke-belching trucks we see lumbering along C5.
The good news is that Scania, one of the biggest names in truck manufacturing, will now be officially available in our market. The Swedish commercial vehicle maker has partnered with BJ Mercantile, making the Philippine company its official sales and service dealer partner for the Philippines. This will give the local market access to Scania's heavy-duty trucks, eco-friendly buses, and powerful generators.
This is also a positive sign for our economy, with Scania recognizing the growth potential we have in mining, business and infrastructure development.
"Our partnership with BJ Mercantile is a testament to Scania's long-term commitment to the Philippines," said James Armstrong, managing director of Scania Southeast Asia. "We are here for the long haul, and our main objective is to offer total solutions that enhance customer profitability by means of high earning capacity and low operating costs, while promoting sustainability."
According to BJ Mercantile's Leilani Lim-Tan, the showroom will open in February 2015. It will be located at 1132 EDSA Balintawak in Quezon City.
If Scania's products will help modernize the trucks and buses we have on the road in any way, we're all for these mighty Swedes.