“It has been a great success”

The finale in Galway was fantastic, with the residents filling the streets every day of the final week.

This years Volvo Ocean Racehas had more than 12,000 invited Volvo guests and millions of visitors to the stopover ports, while hundreds of millions have followed the race on television, the Internet and via other media. It also turned out to be one of the most exciting competitions ever, with no clear winner until the final leg.

And the finale in Galway was fantastic, with the residents filling the streets every day of the final week to celebrate the yachtsmen and enjoy themselves.

 ”This year’s Volvo Ocean Race has been a great success,” said CEO Olof Persson in his valedictory speech. The next Volvo Ocean Race will commence in Alicante, in Spain, in the autumn of 2014.

  Groupama won the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012. Photo: Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race


Volvo Buses challenged the future

Volvo Buses’ region Europe used Volvo Ocean Race in Galway to invite some 50 of their key customers from most markets in Europe.

 “The bus- and coach business in Europe is facing a lot of challenges in the coming years and to be able to find the solutions, we need to work close together, says Noel Reculet, head of Volvo Buses region Europe. 

“We meet our key customers regularly but then we mostly talk about the nearest future. During the days in Galway we decided to look much further in to the future and together try to figure out what we need to do. The good thing to be here is that we have time to discuss both in formal seminars and in more informal ways during dinners, on spectator boats and so on.

Volvo presented research results at DHL conference

 Loïc Duviquet discuss with DHL’s Global Customer Manager for the Volvo Group, Henning von Beetzen.

The Volvo Group is part of the EU project MoDe that has developed technical solutions to maximize vehicle up time.  The Logistic firm DHL is also part of the project and during the final days of the Volvo Ocean Race, DHL arranged a conference for their customers and the project members to show the result of MoDe that stands for Maintenance on Demand.

The MoDe collaboration has produced research into vehicle condition monitoring and the prediction of the remaining lifetime of the vehicle components which help detect failures in advance. Key information is communicated to a central system, which calculates the nearest and most suitable workshop for the repairs.

Service can also be tailored to a vehicle’s exact configuration, mission and the dynamic feedback of information from each vehicle.  This level of tailoring makes it easier to precisely plan vehicle stops. Reducing periods of vehicle unavailability means that businesses can better achieve their objectives.

Joakim Svensson, Technology Area Director, told the audience about how the Volvo Group works with innovations and och Loïc Duviquet, Group Manager Soft Offer & Transport Solutions, presented the benefits for the Volvo Group and its customers of the results of the MoDe research project.

 Joakim Svensson


Every drop counts for 1,000 Volvo Truck guests

Volvo Truck France has during two weeks invited more than 1,000 customers to Lorient for one day’s program during the Volvo Ocean Race stopover. Half the day was spent in the Volvo Ocean Race village and the other half with lectures and test drives on the theme “Every drop counts”

“For many truck owners, the cost of fuel is on top of their list” says Nicolas Levasseur, field sales engineer at Volvo Truck France. “Here we can show them everything that we at Volvo Trucks can help them with to lower their fuel consumption.”