At the end of last month, MAN Truck & Bus Austria was officially transferred to the German company WSA Beteiligungs. The new owner has immediately set a new name for the company, Steyr Automotive, named after the Austrian city where the production site is located. A few days later, the Swedish manufacturer Volta Trucks announced an agreement to manufacture its full electric trucks right there.
The production of Volta Zero e-trucks (here an interview with Volta Trucks’ Business Innovation Manager Carla Detrieux) will start in late 2022, as previously announced by Volta Trucks. At the same time, Steyr Automotive will soon start manufacturing commercial vehicles under this name. MAN Truck & Bus will initially continue to have the MAN TGL and MAN TGM truck series produced in Steyr until May 2023 in order to ensure a smooth transition. Components will also continue to be manufactured and plastic parts painted for the MAN production network.
MAN Truck & Bus Austria and WSA, oxygen for local employees
«Restructuring and streamlining the production network will make a crucial contribution on our road towards implementing our new NewMAN strategy. At the same time, it was personally important for me to be able to offer a large majority of the local employees in Steyr as well as the trainees continued good jobs and development prospects. We have achieved this as a result of this agreement, which will additionally make us strong partners in the production network. I wish WSA every success under the leadership of Siegfried Wolf, and the best of luck in building up the new company», said Andreas Tostmann, Chairman of the Executive Board of MAN Truck & Bus SE.