On 9 May 2017, MAN celebrated a proud anniversary at its site in Steyr: since the first TGL/TGM-series pre-production vehicles rolled off the line in late 2004 and series production got fully under way for all series models in 2006, exactly 200 000 vehicles have been produced.
“We are particularly proud that our customers have placed their trust in the superior quality of our products, and especially the TGL/TGM series, for over a decade. For us, this enormous number, which we are celebrating reaching today, is not only the proof, but above all the motivation for our work,” says Thomas Müller, production manager at MAN Truck & Bus Austria, Steyr plant.
The customer and future operator of this anniversary vehicle is the Austrian traditional brewery company, Stiegl. Mario Partl, head of truck sales and internal service operations at the MAN Sales Company in Austria, handed over the symbolic ignition key to Stiegl MD Thomas Gerbl, highlighting the value of the longstanding partnership between MAN and Stiegl.
Gerbl stressed that the superior quality and reliability of MAN’s products was a significant criterion and key element of the partnership. “Above all, our two companies are characterised by the link they create between awareness of tradition and future-oriented sustainability,” he says. Gerbl expressed his sincere thanks to the production team and welcomed them to the ceremony with a round of (alcohol-free) drinks from the Stiegl brewery.
Stiegl is also a partner of the consortium CNL (council for sustainable logistics), which, in autumn, will receive nine TGM trucks with electric drive, produced by MAN at its plant in Steyr, for field trials.
Production of the lightweight and medium-sized trucks continues to be the core activity at the Steyr site, although, since mid-2015, expansion has been taking place to incorporate new competencies, in the fields of special vehicle construction, plastic part paintwork and electromobility.
From left: Mario Partl, head of sales and internal service operations at MAN Truck & Bus Vertrieb Österreich GesmbH; Thomas Gerbl, MD of Stiegl Getränke & Service; and Thomas Müller, production manager at MAN Truck & Bus Österreich, Steyr plant
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