China and Australia Win Asia Pacific Top Team 2011 Championships

Published on April 13th, 2011

China and Australia emerged as the two best performing teams from the Asia Pacific regional finals, beating eight others to represent the region in the global finals, which will be held in Södertälje, Sweden in October 2011. In the world final, teams will be vying for the top spot with the championship prize of 50,000 euros.

This prestigious Asia Pacific regional finals for Scania Top Team 2011 was held at Scania Malaysia’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia yesterday. There were a total of 10 formidable teams from all across Asia Pacific which include Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Korea, China, Australia and New Zealand.

Top Team is a global competition organized by Scania for service personnel working at its dealers and workshops all over the world. It was set up over 18 years ago in Sweden and is now run in over 45 countries with over 220 teams all competing for the ultimate accolade of Scania Top Team 2011.

Its aim is to celebrate the skills of Scania’s service personnel and to help them enhance and increase their knowledge, professionalism and customer focus. It is also about engendering exceptional team work as well as encouraging individual performance.

“We set up Top Team to encourage our service personnel to strive for excellence and to help them build their knowledge of Scania’s products and working tools. However, it is also about putting the spotlight on the people behind-the-scenes who diligently work in the workshops to provide exceptional levels of service of our customers,” said Jan Gustavsson, Project Manager for Scania Top Team Academy.

“All the participating teams showed exceptional teamwork, technical competency and knowledge of Scania parts which impressed our judges. It was very inspiring to watch them work through such challenging tasks.”

Scania’s regional finals saw each team being put through their paces with a day of practical challenges that tested their ability to find and fix problems on a truck under a time limit.

“I am really proud that my team has won this prestigious title. It was a tough competition with immense pressure, but we are glad that our combined team discipline, technical skills and unrelenting spirit brought us through the challenges,” said Zhang Liang, team leader representing China.

“I believe teamwork and our sheer determination led us to victory. The team has put in many hours of training and they have really developed their expertise and teamwork throughout the different stages of the competition. We will continue to do our best in the world final competition,” said Steve Shawe, coach for Australia team, after the official results were announced.

Both China and Australia will be taking on 10 other teams from regions all over the world for the title of Scania Top Team 2011 and a prize of 50,000 euros.

words: Scania  pix: Scania & Syafril Ismail

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