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Volvo training raises technical skill standards

Volvo recently held its annual technical competition Volvo International Service Training Award (VISTA) 2014, which it says is intended to raise the bar for Thailand's automotive technical skill standards as well as enhance the country's technical and service excellence network.

"It is an international competition that inspires and motivates technicians and service teams across the globe to keep improving their skills and experience and embark on a new level of professional excellence," Volvo Car president Chantana Vatanaromya said. "The competition is also a springboard for Thai technicians to attend a workshop in Sweden, Volvo's home, and learn more about new maintenance techniques from experts."

VISTA has been in operation for more than 40 years since 1970 and was introduced in Thailand in 1996. Due to many new technologies and a focus on teamwork, which is a significant success factor, Volvo this year added more tests on service efficiency.

The competition comprises three categories - team (with 2-3 members), technicians and body repair. The contestants have to go through three tests, including theory and practice. For the team category, contestants have to pass a technical test, parts and job management so that all team members participate and have the opportunity to show off their skills and knowledge.

This year, 166 Volvo staff participated in VISTA 2014. The winners are Saharat Sriinkua in the technician category, Chana Panjakit, Kittisak Choosuthi and Surasak Pratumchat in the team category, and Prapas Salanoi in the body repair category. The five winners will represent Thailand in an international meeting of all VISTA 2014 winners from June 9 to 14. VISTA 2014 in Sweden is expected to welcome 16,000 people from 1,580 Volvo distributors in 79 countries.


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