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With its headquarters in Södertälje, Scania AB is a significant Swedish company that specializes in commercial vehicles, particularly large lorries, trucks, and buses. Additionally, it produces diesel engines for use in general industrial, marine, and heavy vehicle applications.


Vabis, situated in Södertälje, and Maskinfabriks-aktiebolaget Scania, based in Malmö, merged to form AB Scania-Vabis in 1911. While Maskinfabriks-aktiebolaget Scania was founded as a bicycle company in 1900, Vagnfabriks Aktiebolaget I Södertelge (Vabis) was founded as a maker of railroad cars in 1891. Both businesses have tried their hand at producing cars, trucks, and engines, with varying degrees of success. While Vabis was on the verge of going out of business in 1910, Maskinfabriks-aktiebolaget Scania had been successful in building dependable automobiles. In November 1910, an agreement was reached following an offer made by Per Alfred Nordeman, managing director of Maskinfabriks-aktiebolaget Scania, to steel producer Surahammars Bruk, owner of Vabis. The merger took place in 1911.

Södertälje was designated for the development and manufacturing of engines and light vehicles, while Malmö was designated for the production of trucks. The company's logo was updated from Maskinfabriks-aktiebolaget Scania's initial design, which included a three-spoke bicycle chainset in the middle of a griffin's head—the coat of arms for the Swedish area of Scania (Skne). The headquarters were initially in Malmö, but they were relocated to Södertälje in 1912.

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