Scania is celebrating its UK golden anniversary this year. The following is a list of milestones over the organisation’s first 50 years. A series of images to accompany these milestones is attached.

1964  Scania Vabis (Great Britain) Limited formed, initially to sell engines. First office was near Heathrow Airport
1965  Engine sales of around 20 units recorded
1966  First truck (LB76 model) imported and used as demonstrator
1967  Inital batch of trucks imported. First three distributors announced: WWS Commercials of Hemel Hempstead, B&W Motors of Wolverhampton and Reliable Vehicles (Scotland) of Renfrew
1968  Scania 0-series (LB80, LB110) launched
1969  Scania V8 (LB140) launched
1973  Company renamed Scania (Great Britain) Limited. First UK Scania buses enter service
1978  Scania 1-series (LB81, LB111, LB141) launched
1980  Scania GPRT range (2-series) launched. 30th dealer point opens
1981  Company headquarters relocated to Milton Keynes
1984  National parts distribution centre opens in Milton Keynes
1986  Scania achieves truck market share of ten percent for first time
1988  Scania 3-series launched
1989  Scania 3-series named International Truck of the Year
1991  Scania’s centenary year – UK marks this with the limited edition Centurion range
1993  The long-standing cooperation with coachbuilder Irizar begins
1994  Scania network growth plans state no customer to be more than 30 minutes away from Scania service centre
1995  Scania 4-series launched
1996  Scania 4-series named International Truck of the Year
1997  Scania 4-series named Motor Transport Fleet Truck of the Year
2000  Scania 4-series is again Motor Transport Fleet Truck of the Year
2004  Scania PRT range launched (now PGR range)
2005  Scania R-series named International Truck of the Year
2010  Scania R-series again named International Truck of the Year
2011  Scania engines adopted by Royal National Lifeboat Institution
2013  Scania Streamline launched. First Scania gas-powered buses enter service
2014  Scania celebrates 50 years in the UK. Limited Edition Golden Griffin launched
Andrew Bentley, MInst SMM
Head of Vehicle Contracts and Marketing